Bury Grammar School has appointed a new head of sixth form to start in September.

Jessica Sherriff has been appointed in the position, taking over from Holly Simmons after six years of service in the role.

Jessica will bring a wealth of experience after going through a rigorous recruitment process.

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The school says her passion for education aligns with its ethos, and that her dedication to academic excellence and individual student development makes her an excellent addition to the school's senior leadership team.

Bury Times: Jessica Sherriff with studentsJessica Sherriff with students (Image: Bury Grammar School)

Jessica is an "Old Girl" of the grammar school, leaving in 2014 to attend the University of Leeds where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in geography, before attending the University of Birmingham to complete a PGDipEd in secondary geography.

She began her teaching career in several schools across Birmingham and Northamptonshire, gaining an insight into the intrinsic link between exceptional pastoral care and outstanding academic progress through her role as a leader of learning.

During this time, Jessica became an early career teacher (ECT) subject mentor, helping to support newly qualified teachers within the profession, as well as liaising with partnership schools to share best practice throughout the region.

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She then joined Bury Grammar School in 2022 as the head of year 7 girls and a teacher of geography and this year became the head of geography.

Bury Times: Jessica Sherriff with studentsJessica Sherriff with students (Image: Bury Grammar School)

Jessica said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as head of sixth form from September 2024.

“Bury Grammar School has a long-standing history of academic excellence, high standards, and successful outcomes, where students are stretched academically before they embark on new ventures.

“I look forward to leading the team as we support our students to make their own mark on the world and fulfil their aspirations.”

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Principal Jo Anderson added: "We are thrilled to have Miss Sherriff join the senior leadership team as the new head of sixth form.

“Her vision, energy, and dedication to the school and her students make her the ideal leader to guide our students through this important and final stage of their academic journey at BGS."