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New Head of Academy Appointed at Bournville School

A teacher who helped a struggling school to become one of the most improved in the country is to become Head of Academy at Bournville.

Joanne Cottle will join Bournville School on April 24th and she has big ambitions for its staff and students alike.

Mrs Cottle has spent the last 10 years working in senior leadership positions at Trinity High School in Redditch.  She was part of the team which took the Worcestershire school from ‘National Challenge’ in 2009 to becoming ‘Most Improved Secondary School in England’ in 2013.

She was also part of the leadership team which helped Trinity High School to secure ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings in both 2010 and 2014.

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.”