Headteacher reveals plans to improve school

Matthew Reetz.
Matthew Reetz.
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The new headteacher of Falconer’s Hill Academy has vowed to turn it into a ‘fantastic school’.

Matthew Reetz, who is beginning his first headship, has said that changes are being made to the school which has been previously struggling.

Under its former guise of Falconer’s Hill Junior School, it was placed into special measures by educational watchdog Ofsted.

Mr Reetz, who has been in charge since September, told the Daventry Express: “This was a school that I wanted to come to.

“When I arrived the children were full of enthusiasm and I thought it was a place at which I could make a difference.”

During his early days at Falconer’s Hill, new signs have been installed, the children are wearing new uniforms and it has converted into an academy, working with the David Ross Education Trust.

However, the new man is not resting on his laurels.

He added: “We are looking to upgrade our ICT facilities and put in the latest touch-screen technology .

“We are also putting together targets and raising standards so the children can reach a higher academic level.

“I am lucky in that we have absolutely fantastic staff who are prepared to think about new ways of doing things.”

Mr Reetz previously worked in schools in Birmingham for more than 10 years in what he described as disadvantaged areas.

He then moved to a school in Milton Keynes before becoming a headteacher at the academy.

He also talked about the benefits of becoming an academy and hopes to further extend this throughout the year. Mr Reetz said: “The children were able to take part in the Grantham Summer Cup where they got to meet Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, while a drummer from Status Quo – Jeff Rich – came in to do a drumming workshop with the children and they had a fantastic time.

“There are a lot of extra resources that are available to us for becoming part of an academy.

“I am also looking to create closer links to both Falconer’s Hill Infant School and the Parker E-ACT Academy. It makes sense as we are all on the same site.

“I really do believe we are on the road to becoming a fantastic school.”

A series of open events will be taking place from Monday, November 24 to Wednesday, November 26 from 1pm each day to give parents the chance to find out more about the planned changes.