Historic school gets first female head

The first female Principal at Thomas Rotherham College, Shirley Brookes-Mills
The first female Principal at Thomas Rotherham College, Shirley Brookes-Mills
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A HISTORIC South Yorkshire school is to have a female headteacher for the first time in over 500 years.

Shirley Brookes-Mills will join Thomas Rotherham College this summer, taking over from interim principal Dr Stephan Jungnitz, who took over following the retirement of long-serving principal, Dr Richard Williams, at the end of 2017. The sixth form college date back to 1483 when what became Rotherham Grammar School for boys was founded by Thomas Rotherham, a local scholar who had risen to be Archbishop of York, Chancellor of England and Chancellor of Cambridge University.

Ms Brookes-Mills, who graduated from The University of Hull, has taught across East Yorkshire, Hull and North East Lincolnshire, including a period as assistant principal at Wilberforce Sixth Form College.