Headteacher to leave school for new job

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A headteacher who has welcomed the Queen to her school as well as watching it being demolished and rebuilt is to leave.

Yasmin Maskatiya, of Thomas Bennett Community College, has accepted the job of head at Chichester High School for Girls and will leave the Tilgate school at the end of the summer term.

Ms Maskatiya has been at Thomas Bennett for 13 years and, during that time, has overseen a number of major changes - most important of which was an ongoing improvement in exam results and the achievement of academy status.

When she started at Thomas Bennett, Ms Maskatiya said she felt the school had lost its way and predicted the journey to come would be “like white water rafting”. She added: “It’s really been like that!”

She praised the staff, students and parents who had worked with her over the years and added: “I will miss the people the most. Crawley is a very special place and I have got very fond of it.

“The students every day make me laugh and make me proud.”

Ms Maskatiya also predicted that the foundations were in place for the college to achieve “outstanding” status within the next few years.

Chair of Governors Reg Bates wished Ms Maskatiya well in her new role and added: “In her time at the school, she has led us through and on to exceptional success, our examination results improve each year and our students are offered more and more opportunities to achieve.

“We have great memories of the past few years: a complete rebuild of the school, the introduction of school uniform, the gaining of specialist college status, the fantastic achievement at our last Ofsted and, of course, the Queen’s visit.”