A HEAD teacher has been praised for her work at Derbyshire’s biggest school after deciding to leave her post.
Pupils and parents at John Port School, in Etwall, have been informed that Wendy Sharp has told senior teachers at the 2,200-pupil school that she would be stepping down.
Mrs Sharp had been absent from the school for several months after taking a period of absence.
Barrie Whyman, chairman of governors at John Port School, said: “I write on behalf of the governors of John Port School to inform you that, after a long period of absence, Wendy Sharp has decided it would be appropriate to move on from John Port School and take up new challenges elsewhere.
“She wishes all students well for the future.
“The governing body will, without delay, now start the process of appointing a new head teacher.”
During Mrs Sharp’s leave of absence, Chris Sainsbury has been in charge at the academy and will remain in the position until a new head is appointed.
Mrs Sharp took up the role at John Port after five successful years at Alfreton Grange Arts College.
During her time at John Port, Mrs Sharp oversaw a raft of changes.
She tried to make alterations to the timetable but was shot down following angry reactions from parents.
In 2010, she managed to navigate a whole host of problems when teachers downed tools and went on strike over plans to turn the school into an academy.
Despite the protests, John Port officially became an academy in April 2011, but still retained the name John Port School.
Mrs Sharp also guided the school to an ‘outstanding’ report by Ofsted and several years of continued exam success.
Graham Goulding, the school’s business manager, told the Mail: “Everyone is sad to see Wendy go and we all wish her all the luck.
“She had a massive impact on John Port and oversaw great exam results, an outstanding Ofsted and so much more.”