New beginning for secondary school

WILLIAM Parker School in Daventry will have a ‘new beginning’, parents have been promised.

Alongside winning the green light for academy status this week, the school has announced a series of radical measures in a bid to reinvent itself for the new year and win back parent confidence.

Current interim headteacher Krysia Butwilowska, who was originally bought in as a ‘superhead’, will be appointed full time in the post from September, it has been confirmed.

Plans to change the school logo and uniform as well as its name will also form part of the move towards academy status. These changes were announced in the same week as a series of special meetings with parents to hear their concerns and reassure them about the future.

As well as declining GCSE results, the school has had a string of problems including being given ‘Notice to Improve’ by Ofsted and a student protest which got out of hand last month.

Latest concerns at the school include the threat of redundancies and a sizeable budget deficit.

Chairman of the interim executive board Anne White said: “It is a new start as we want to put the problems of the past behind us.”

For the full story and reaction, see this week’s Daventry Express.