A teacher who helped a struggling Redditch school to become the most improved secondary school in the country has been appointed as the new Head of Academy at Bournville School.

Joanne Cottle will take up the position on April 24th after working in senior leadership positions at Trinity High School in Redditch for 10 years.

Mrs Cottle was part of the team which took Trinity from ‘National Challenge’ in 2009 to becoming ‘Most Improved Secondary School in England’ in 2013, as well as securing ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings in both 2010 and 2014.

Bournville School is run by Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust and became an all-through school in September last year, now catering for pupils aged four to 16.

Mrs Cottle said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Head of Academy at Bournville School.

“I am passionate in my commitment to providing a strong and stable leadership and ensuring the Trust’s values of high expectations and ambition for all are embedded within the school.

“I will do everything in my power to support the school on its continued journey to securing positive outcomes for all learners, ensuring they have access to a broad and balanced curriculum delivered in an engaging and stimulating manner by experienced subject specialists.

“I also want to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, in which all members of Bournville School’s community strives to give their best at all times and where poor behaviour is never accepted and always challenged.

“Collaborating with other schools within the Trust and beyond, I will secure continued school improvement and create further opportunities for Bournville School’s pupils.

“I also want to preserve and celebrate the school’s distinct ethos, history and tradition, of which it is justly proud.”

Andy Bird, CEO of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Joanne Cottle to our family of schools.

“Her extensive experience in senior leadership and school improvement will no doubt be an asset to pupils and staff alike at Bournville School.

“Mrs Cottle has developed a reputation for helping schools achieve their best and, with the combined skills from other schools within the Trust, we will together continue to secure the best opportunities for pupils at Bournville School.”



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