A new headteacher says it is a privilege to take over West Norfolk’s latest academy and is looking forward to future success.
Andy Johnson is now the executive of head of both Lynn’s Springwood High School and St Clement’s High School, in Terrington, which will become an academy next month.
Mr Johnson is looking to build on the good work of previous interim head John Robinson, who handed over the reins at Christmas.
St Clements, which becomes an academy on February 1, received its bestever GCSE results last summer, just weeks after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted inspectors. The school has since been praised for its progress in a monitoring report by inspector .
Mr Johnson said his new role at St Clements was a “privilege” and added: “St Clements has already had a great deal of success with its best results ever.
“We want to continue with the success of St Clements and Springwood by drawing together and both will improve even more.
“St Clements has had its recent Ofsted review and a lot of good work has been done. We have a clear focus of the two schools working together for the best outcome for the young people.”
Staff from both schools are working closely together to share best practice. Some members of the Springwood senior leadership team are also working with staff at St Clements.
And Mr Johnson is visiting both sites each day to support that work.
He said: “For the head of any school, it doesn’t matter how successful you’ve been, you have to move that to the next level. That is the job whether you are the head of Eton or Springwood or St Clements.
“There is always the next set of youngsters who want good grades or have aspirations to go to Oxford or Cambridge or to get that apprenticeship.”
Ofsted inspector Adrian Lyons reported in the last monitoring report that teaching and marking had “improved considerably” and said “robust action” had been taken to tackle inadequate teaching.
Pictured from left Nigel Willingham (deputy head), Chris Hook (director of maths), Andy Johnson (headteacher), Tom Duce (assistant head) and David Masdin (assistant head) MLNF14AF01163