THE head teacher of a grammar school in Salisbury will be retiring.

Michele Chilcott was part of South Wilts Grammar School's senior leadership team for seven years before taking the helm 13 years ago.

She will be leaving the school at the end of the academic year to enjoy retirement.

Chair of trustees at the school, Nick Lay, said her departure "marks the end of an era". He added: "Mrs Chilcott’s leadership across this period has seen the school grow and develop, most recently with the successful introduction of our co-educational Sixth Form.

"Her performance during the pandemic was outstanding, providing staff, students and parents with clear guidance as we all navigated uncharted waters.

"Combined with her decision to participate in PHE trials, this enabled SWGS students to achieve educational outcomes that weren’t possible elsewhere."

Salisbury Journal: Michele Chilcott.Michele Chilcott. (Image: South Wilts Grammar School)

South Wilts Grammar School has seen increasing numbers of pupils applying to the school each year both at 11+ and into sixth form.

Mr Lay praised the school's outstanding exam results and "passionate and committed" staff.

"Mrs Chilcott is leaving a sound legacy," he added.

A replacement head teacher will be recruited by the trustees and appointed for September.