New head praises Whitcliffe spirit

Whitcliffe Mount School new headteacher, Jennifer Templar.
Whitcliffe Mount School new headteacher, Jennifer Templar.

Whitcliffe Mount’s first female headteacher has praised the “family feel” of her new school.

Jennifer Templar has only been the head at the Cleckheaton for six weeks, but is already relishing her new role.

“It has been fantastic,” she said.

“Everyone has made me feel so welcome – the school has a real family feel to it.”

This is her first job as headteacher of a school, but she is not daunted by the challenges ahead.

She said: “I want to help continue the improvements in results at this school, because good results give students the life chances when they leave.

“It is important that we, the staff at Whitcliffe Mount, do a fantastic job for them.”

After studying for her teaching qualifications at Sheffield Hallam University, she started teaching maths at Rodillian High School in Lofthouse, before moving on to Allerton High School in Leeds and Horbury School, Wakefield.

Miss Templar also spoke of her excitement at plans to build new teaching blocks on the site – effectively a complete rebuild of the school – by the autumn term of 2016.

She refused to rule out any future conversion of the school into an academy, but said there were no plans to change at present.

She added: “I won’t know until I know the school better – It is something we might look at in the future, but we don’t yet know.

“It’s about what is best for individual schools – you have to ask, will becoming an academy make a difference and will it make it better for the students?”