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New headteacher for Holywells

PUBLISHED: 16:45 23 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

A NEW acting headteacher has been appointed to take over at troubled Holywells High School from September, The Evening Star can exclusively reveal today.

A NEW acting headteacher has been appointed to take over at troubled Holywells High School from September, The Evening Star can exclusively reveal today.

The news of Karen Grimes' appointment comes on the same day that the school – currently under Government special measures – is celebrating a six per cent rise in its GCSE passes at grades A to C.

Mrs Grimes has been deputy head at the school for five years.

Her appointment ends the uncertainty after the shock announcement last month that Michael Kee – who had been expected to take over as acting head for two terms – would not be coming to the school after all.

Mrs Grimes said today's exam performance – a rise from 19 per cent passes at A to C last year to 26pc this time round – was the "best possible start" for everyone associated with the school.

The new acting headteacher said today: "I am delighted for our students who have worked so hard, and it is doubly satisfying to be acknowledging their achievements in my new role as acting head of Holywells.

"This is the perfect opportunity to start the new term with optimism, building on these results and aiming for even greater success in the future."

Chris Jowett, chairman of governors at Holywells, welcomed Mrs Grimes' appointment.

He said: "Our students have done us proud. There is still a long way to go but we have all been encouraged and taken heart from these results.

"Mrs Grimes has been a key member of the school's management team. She will bring continuity and experience to the school and those are vital qualities. The governors are delighted with her appointment."

Chris Mole, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: "Holywells has been through a difficult period recently but these results will give a real boost to students, parents, teachers and everyone in the local community – they provide a sound platform for the future.

Mrs Grimes will assume the role of acting head of Holywells High School at the start of the new tern in September. A county spokesman said today that arrangements are in hand regarding appointing a replacement for her as deputy head and head of lower school.

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