Principal looks to Academy’s future

Principal Sarah Ramsden, head girl Yasmin Foster, students Megan Turnbull and Cameron Fox, and head boy Ben Foggett.

Principal Sarah Ramsden, head girl Yasmin Foster, students Megan Turnbull and Cameron Fox, and head boy Ben Foggett.

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A new principal has set out a plan of action to improve a school’s performance after it was rated ‘requires improvement’ by inspectors.

The Blyth Academy was given the rating by Ofsted officials last May, but now principal Sarah Ramsden is looking to make the school ‘good’ within two years.

In her second term in charge, Miss Ramsden is keen to build on the recent work which has seen a new senior management team put in place.

Miss Ramsden, who was formerly vice principal at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool, said: “When I first took up my post, my priority was to work with the staff and students so they all understood the greater expectations being asked of them.

“There is a big focus on behaviour, which is a key area for improvement and I have ensured that we have a crisp start to lessons each morning with the new intake of students.

“At the same time all staff have been empowered to ensure they efficiently tackle the areas earmarked for improvement.

“We have produced an updated academy action plan in line with Ofsted’s recommendations, which covers the five key development areas and serves to highlight how the academy will tackle underperformance and improve outcomes for all students.”

“We also have some really amazing students and teaching staff at The Blyth Academy, so success is now all about pulling in the right direction,” she added.

Ian Kershaw, chief executive of the Northern Education Trust, added: “We were very pleased to be able to appoint Sarah to this post out of a very strong, national field of applicants.

“She is dedicated and passionate about achieving high standards of behaviour and learning. 

“She will be tireless in implementing the necessary changes at The Blyth Academy to ensure its progress and I have every confidence she will set The Blyth Academy on the road to excellence in all that it undertakes for students.”