Mrs Van Beales to lead Invicta Grammar School as Headteacher

From September 2021, Mrs Van Beales will take on the role of Headteacher for Invicta Grammar School, while Mrs Marelle Giles will step into the position of Head of School.   

Julie Derrick, who has been Invicta’s Headteacher for 11 years, will be stepping down to concentrate fully on her role as CEO of Valley Invicta Academies Trust, which Invicta Grammar School is part of. 

Mrs Derrick said: “These are exciting changes. Mrs Beales, who has been at Invicta for 15 years, will be responsible for the strategic direction of the school and Mrs Giles, who joined Invicta in 2009, will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.  They have both worked incredibly hard and know the school very well. They have an absolute synergy in their approach to ensuring that our students get the very best education – both pastorally and academically.  

“I have loved every moment of my time as Headteacher at Invicta and I have thoroughly enjoyed building the school to be one that I am very proud of.  Our students and staff are wonderful and I have no doubt that the school will thrive and continue to develop in the coming years. 

“I will now look to concentrate full-time on my role as CEO of Valley Invicta Academies Trust which, over the last few years, has grown into a very demanding but fulfilling job. I will continue to oversee Invicta as one of the nine schools within the Trust.” 

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