A top-performing Birmingham school has appointed a new head teacher.

Ann Clark will take over as principal of £10,000-a-year King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) next September to succeed Sarah Evans.

Cambridge graduate Mrs Clark has 25 years’ teaching experience and is currently deputy head teacher of Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.

Independent school KEHS is widely regarded as one of the best girls’ schools in the country, with nearly 100 per cent of all GCSE results this summer graded A*-B. An impressive 23 students also achieved straight A* grades.

Mother-of-two Mrs Clark said: “I am delighted to be taking up the principal’s position at this leading girls’ school.

“I want the girls who come here to aim high, to work hard to achieve their potential and to thrive in the welcoming and caring atmosphere which the school offers, where they can seize the opportunities presented to them.

Outgoing principal Miss Evans said: “It is a privilege to work at this school. I am very proud to be part of its success and thank the governors for the opportunity, my staff for all their hard work, and all the girls I have seen pass through for making the job so rewarding.”