Suffolk New Academy and Ormiston Endeavour Academy get £100,000 as ‘turnaround’ headteachers move in to improve results



Two Ipswich schools with ‘inadequate’ Ofsted ratings will benefit from £100,000 of extra funding to improve pupils’ results.

Christine Woods started work at Ormiston Endeavour Academy, formerly Thurleston High School, after Easter.

She was appointed through the Government’s flagship Talented Leaders programme.

The government has now announced that her appointment will see £50,000 pumped into the school.

The move comes after Craig D’Cunha, was made principal at Suffolk New Academy in February, which is changing its name to Chantry Academy. He was appointed through the same programme so his school is also benefitting from £50,000 of extra funding.

The two headteachers will work together and with other schools in Suffolk to share knowledge and boost results, the government said.

Ms Woods moves from being deputy headteacher at Hobart High School, Norwich, which is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

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“I worked with Norfolk Council to give schools short-term support for years but knew I wanted to make a difference long-term,” she said.

“I’m now in a school where I can invest in and develop my staff, and make sure my students feel valued and have a reason to work hard and succeed.”

Mr D’Cunha, was previously vice principal at Neale Wade Academy, Cambridgeshire.

“Our job is to show students what’s out there and how they can achieve it,” he said.

“If every school in Suffolk had great leaders, our students would have the greatest education in the world.”

Suffolk New Academy received an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection in December. A follow-up mini inspection in March found some improvement was being made.

Ormiston Endeavour Academy was given an ‘inadequate’ grade last month. Both schools were also placed into special measures.

Heath Monk is chief executive of The Future Leaders Trust, which is running the Talented Leaders initiative on behalf of the Department for Education.

He said the funding would be used to invest in the schools’ staff and ensure long term sustainable improvements are made.

“Talented Leaders is about finding great heads for the schools that need them most,” he said. “School leaders, over time, are the most important factor in school improvement and changing the life chances of disadvantaged children.”

Meadow Primary School in Lowestoft has also received £50,000 after new headteacher, Nadia Paczuska, was appointed through the Talented Leaders programme.

The programme targets schools in rural, coastal and deprived areas.

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