An independent school has said goodbye to its head teacher after more than four years’ service. Year 13 students recently left Abbots Bromley School, with executive head Victoria Musgrave also departing.

At an annual end-of-year speech day, she presented prizes to the leavers and gave her final address.

Maggie Shackleton, the school’s new principal, thanked Mrs Musgrave for her work. She also congratulated vocational dance and musical theatre students, who await their A-level results, for already achieving 21 distinction stars in their performing arts BTEC. This is the equivalent of three A-level A* grades for each pupil, a school spokesman said.

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Mrs Shackleton said: “This is a creative school in the beautiful and creative county of Staffordshire. Evidence shows that creative and artistic students reach their full potential in all academic areas.

This year we have been placed in the top four per cent of schools nationally for our ‘value added’ score, which measures pupil progress. I look forward to building upon the work of Mrs Musgrave.”

An open morning takes place at the school at 9.30am on Saturday, September 30.