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Dame Sharon Hollows will become principal of St Luke's CofE School, Southsea, from September, when it becomes an academy. Plans for the school include a name change to the Charter Academy, the return of blazer uniforms, a longer day and parent contracts. Dame Sharon has been hired by Ark, the children's charity that will run the school.

Moya Fowler has retired as a teacher at Westwood First School in Leek, Staffordshire. She began her classroom career at Saltway Primary in Werrington. She joined Westwood First in 1984, when it became a middle school, and worked there for 25 years until she retired at Easter.

Sylvia Perrins has become the chief executive officer of The National Skills Academy for Financial Services. The academy offers national centres of excellence in education, skills training and development, working in partnership with employers to develop a highly qualified workforce.

Wendy Sharp is to become the new head of Derbyshire's largest school, John Port, in Etwall. She has been the head of Alfreton Grange Arts College for more than five years, where she helped it to gain specialist performing and visual arts status. She will begin her new post in September.

Kim Stoner began this term as principal of St George's School in Kent after six years as deputy to Keith Rumblo, who left at Easter after 13 years. Mrs Stoner has spent 27 years in education. She has taught at Ramsgate's Conyngham School, now the Marlowe Academy, and worked with special needs students at St Anthony's school in Margate.

Emily Wood, a teacher at St Michael's Primary in Louth, Lincolnshire, has become the new councillor for St James' ward on Louth town council. Mrs Wood is a Year 3 teacher and has worked at the school for five years.

Angela Wright, chief executive of Solent Skill Quest, has been honoured with The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. She has been promoting enterprise in the Southampton city region since 1995. She has worked in Hampshire schools to introduce business volunteers as mentors of underachieving young people. Mrs Wright, along with 10 others, will be invited to Buckingham Palace in July to be presented with the award by the Queen.

Rob Wilby, a sports co-ordinator at St Gregory's High in Warrington, will be taking on the Ironman UK Triathlon when it comes to Bolton on August 2. He will be among about 1,500 professional and amateur athletes from 35 countries competing for one of 30 qualifying slots for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October. The challenge involves a 2.4-mile swim in Rivington Reservoir, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and finally a full marathon. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the 140.6-mile race.

Karen Oates

Mrs Oates, a dance teacher who runs Dance Doctors Studios in Long Eaton, Nottingham, had not had her hair cut for 12 years but has now donated her locks to a charity that makes wigs for sick children. Mrs Oates, from the Toton area of the city, has raised Pounds 420 after having 12 inches chopped to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, which helps children who have lost their hair through cancer or other illnesses such as alopecia. For details and to sponsor her, see: www.justgiving.comkarenoates3.

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