Cheryl relishes biggest challenge yet   

Stafford Prep’s new headteacher Cheryl Martin enjoys a spot of paddling on a school outing to the National Forest with (from left) nine-year-old Edward Kotara, Taylor Perry (8) from Stone, Lilian d’Almeida (9) and Leo Taylor (9).

An adventurous primary school teacher who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, run four marathons, completed a 70.3 ironman and tackled the National Three Peaks is about to face her biggest challenge yet.

Cheryl Martin has been appointed as the new head teacher of Stafford Preparatory School and is relishing the prospect of taking on her new role.

Forty-five year old Cheryl is a familiar face at Stafford Prep, having taught there since it was  created 11 years ago and as the school grew she stepped up to become its deputy head. The Stafford-born former Blessed William Howard pupil will take over at the helm following the retirement this summer of the school’s first and only headmaster, Clive O’Donnell.             

“I feel very honoured to have been asked to take the new job. I know I have very big shoes to fill, in every way. I’ve really enjoyed working with Clive and I’m proud of what we’ve set up. I want to continue improving on what is already a really good school with a friendly atmosphere and where learning is fun,” she said.

There is never a dull moment in Cheryl’s action packed schedule, with new ventures always around the corner. She has twice run the London and Edinburgh marathons and the gruelling Manchester race is next on her agenda, while a hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is high on her bucket list.

“I tell the children to set themselves goals and challenges and I like to lead by example. In the classroom I always get the children involved in the challenges I take on. I’m into new things. Recently, for example, I had a go at clay pigeon shooting, and loved it.

“I like being here and making decisions and I also like being part of a bigger picture with the senior school. Enthusiasm for learning is our motto and I want to maintain that ethos, because it does work,” added Cheryl.