A LANCASHIRE school has welcomed it’s first female headteacher in its 500 year history.

Claire Gammon, from Leyland, has taken over as acting head from Simon Corns at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS) in Blackburn after his departure to the Middle East.

Mrs Gammon, a deputy headteacher with responsibilities in data, reporting and staff welfare, with a background in maths teaching, will be in place for up to five terms.

Mr Corns has taken up a new role as headteacher of Brighton College in Abu Dhabi.

The recruitment process to find his permanent replacement ended without success earlier this year and Mrs Gammon was handed the role before a re-run in the coming months.

Originally from Wigan, Mrs Gammon, joined QEGS as a maths teacher 15 years ago.

She said: “I love working at the school. When I first started I thought I would stay for three years but there is something about QEGS that gets into your blood.

“It is the friendliness and the staff are superb, not just academically but they have this care for the children and genuinely want them to make progress and gain good grades.

“I am really pleased that the staff, the parents and pupils are so supportive (of my appointment). It has been overwhelming.”

Mrs Gammon, 39, is the first woman to be appointed to the role in the school’s 507 years.

“It is a really significant moment in the school’s history,” she said.

“It should not be, but it is and that is what the children are really proud of.

“There has never been a female in charge before and they are happy and looking forward to it.”

To ensure she can still spend time with pupils, she will be doing extra-curricular activities as well as covering lessons.

“If you want to know about a school you have to spend time with the pupils so that is what I intend to do.

“It is a privilege to actually help young people through this stage of their lives. There is no day in teaching that is the same.

“Every single day there will be someone who makes you smile and it will come out of nowhere.”