I wanted to introduce myself. I have been Head of St Joseph’s College, for 10 years, which is a high performing, outstanding teaching school. I will remain as Head there whilst being Consultant Head here.
I have experience of supporting other schools in special measures, the most recent example being Thistley Hough Academy, where I worked with the Head and the whole school to support them in their journey out of special measures.
I am prepared to take on this responsibility at Birches Head because I have a deep commitment to the young people of Stoke on Trent and I believe passionately in raising their aspirations and giving all our children every opportunity to achieve their dreams.
I believe that everything we have done and are doing at St Joseph’s College can be replicated here at Birches Head. I know and understand the challenges facing the school but at the heart of any great school is what happens day in and day out in each and every classroom. We have to work to ensure that we are providing the very best learning possible. However, this is not a ‘take over’. It is a partnership and I know that the staff of St Joseph’s College will learn as much in this partnership as the staff of Birches Head.