New head appointed at Harington School in Oakham

Dyl Powell, new headteacher at Harington School in Oakham. EMN-150519-165238001
Dyl Powell, new headteacher at Harington School in Oakham. EMN-150519-165238001

The headteacher of Rutland’s new sixth form college says she wants to “shape the future” of hundreds of county teenagers.

Dyl Powell was appointed to take charge of Harington School this week.

Mrs Powell is moving from her current job as headteacher at Stamford High School, where she has worked since 2003.

Harington School is due to open on the Catmose College site in Oakham in September. It is the result of a successful free school bid by Catmose, Uppingham Community College and Oakham School.

Mrs Powell said: “I am certainly looking forward to being able to blend academic excellence with a holistic approach to education.

“To have the chance to lead Harington, from the very beginning, is a superb opportunity. I’m looking forward to shaping the future of not only the school, but also the hundreds of pupils from Rutland who will benefit from having a rigorously academic Sixth Form education on their doorstep.”

Before taking her role at Stamford High School, Mrs Powell was deputy headteacher at The King’s School in Peterborough, where she studied for, and was in the first cohort to complete, the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

As a strong advocate for an all-round educational experience, she has taken part in many aspects of Stamford’s extra-curricular programme during her time as headteacher, including the training with the Combined Cadet Force, singing in the chapel choir and officiating sports fixtures. Mrs Powell has umpired domestic and international hockey.

Chariman of trustees at Harington Dr Robert Guthrie said: “We are delighted to have recruited such a successful and talented leader as Dyl to be Harington’s first headteacher.

“Her experience in leading roles in both the independent and the state sector, as well as her demonstrable passion for holistic education and academic excellence, is precisely what we have been seeking.

“We are extremely pleased with the high quality of teaching staff we have recruited and with an impressive board of trustees, including the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and leading academics from local universities, all of which forms the basis of a very strong team to support the new headteacher.”

Oakham School headteacher Nigel Lashbrook added: “Appointing an outstanding headteacher is the final piece of the jigsaw. With more than 200 applications from students, all of the full-time teaching posts now in place, and the building work scheduled to start in June, Harington School is now poised to offer excellent sixth form education to the students of Rutland.”

Catmose College principal Stuart Williams said: “I am delighted with the excellent appointment of Dyl Powell, who will further build on the work already completed by the sponsor schools, and will help ensure that Harington School becomes a very successful academic sixth form.”

And Uppingam Community College principal Jan Turner said: “While the level of demand for places has been extremely high, I have no doubt that Dyl’s appointment will provide applicants and their parents with even greater confidence about the school’s future”.