Following an extended recruitment process that was curtailed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ockbrook School has now successfully completed the appointment of its new head teacher.
Mr Jeff Shipway, BSc (Hons), MA, PGCE takes over from Mr Tom Brooksby, who announced his retirement in January. Mr Shipway is currently Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Tettenhall College, a co-educational independent day and boarding school for 2 – 18 year olds, in the Wolverhampton suburb of Tettenhall.
Amanda Redgate, Chair of Governors at Ockbrook School, says: “The Trustees and Governors are delighted to announce that Mr Jeff Shipway will take up the position of Head at Ockbrook School from January 2021, succeeding Mr Tom Brooksby, who retires after seven years of transformational leadership.
“We are delighted by Jeff Shipway’s appointment. He emerged as the outstanding candidate from a very strong field, who underwent a rigorous and inclusive procedure, involving interviews with pupils, parents, staff and governors. Given his impressive experience, as a Head of Department, a Boarding Housemaster and more recently, as an experienced Deputy Head of nine years’ standing, we are convinced that he will provide exactly the type of visionary leadership that we are looking for at this exciting time in Ockbrook’s history”.
Mr Shipway adds: “Taking Ockbrook School forward during these uncertain times is a challenge I relish. The School has a strong teaching and parent body, plus its rich history, beautiful countryside location and international boarding community set it apart from other independent schools in this area. I am excited at the opportunity to build on the great work undertaken by Mr Brooksby and his leadership team.”
Mr Brooksby adds: “I am delighted to see Mr Shipway taking over the reins at Ockbrook School. His pastoral, academic and boarding experience will be a real asset to our School community and I wish him every success during his tenure.
“Over the last seven years, I have had the pleasure of working with a group of talented and committed staff and witnessed incredible achievements from our hard-working students. Now felt like the right time to step down from the role, enjoy retirement with my family and focus on my favourite hobbies; walking, camping and playing music in my band. I wish everyone at Ockbrook School continued success in the future and will stay in touch.”
Mr Shipway is married to Jo, who has strong family connections with Derbyshire. The couple has two grown up children, Orla and George, and two black labradors, Elvis and Bilbo. Mr Shipway is a lifelong Aston Villa fan.