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New head set to build on St Ives School's fast turnaround

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

St Ives School's newly appointed head Jan Woodhouse with head boy and girl Alex Pace and Chloe Barrett.

St Ives School's newly appointed head Jan Woodhouse with head boy and girl Alex Pace and Chloe Barrett.

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ST IVES School – which has recently emerged from special measures – has appointed a new head teacher to lead the school from the start of the next academic year.

The school has undergone a tumultuous 12 months.

A failed Ofsted inspection in May led to it being put into special measures and temporary head Richard Schofield being appointed by Cornwall Council.

The school was then told it had no option but to become an academy by the Department of Education. Since then the chairman of the governors has changed twice.

St Ives has turned its fortunes around, however.

After posting record GCSE results it recently announced Ofsted had removed it from special measures far earlier than expected.

Now Mr Schofield's permanent replacement has been announced and will take over on September 1.

Jan Woodhouse is currently vice-principal at St Austell's Penrice Academy, which calls itself "the highest Ofsted-rated 11 to 16 college in the South West".

Mrs Woodhouse was born and schooled in Camborne. She has also taught at Penair and on The Roseland.

Carolyn Webster, chairman of governors at St Ives School, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Jan to St Ives School. This is an important and exciting part of the school's journey of continuous improvement."

Mrs Woodhouse said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as head teacher of St Ives School. I have been very impressed by the strong sense of pride the students and the wider St Ives community have for the school.

"When I visited the school I was immediately struck by the fantastic behaviour of students and how keen they were to learn and contribute to their school. I feel very privileged to be joining and look forward to meeting with parents over the next few months.

"Everyone at the school is focused on the future and building on the strong foundation of improvements made over the past year."

St Ives is set to make the transition to an academy next month.

Some parents feared the imposition of academy status when schools are taken out of council control and are paired with an academy "sponsor".

St Ives School's announcement that its partner would be Truro and Penwith College in the summer calmed fears.

Now the school has confirmed it will become part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust.

Richard Schofield, interim head at the school, said: "Jan is joining the school at an exciting time and I will give her all the help she needs to ensure a successful transition."

Parents have been invited to a meeting of the parent forum at the school on March 11 for further updates about the school and the transition to becoming an academy from April 2014.

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