A STRUGGLING primary school has appointed a new head teacher – and she has already begun working on turning the school around.
Charlotte Hopkins took on the role of acting head teacher at Anglesey Primary Academy when the previous head, Helen Coulthard, left just days before a damning Ofsted report that put the school into ‘special measures’.
Now the appointment has been made permanent and 38-year-old Mrs Hopkins has been working tirelessly to make improvements.
The report highlighted standards in reading as one of the main problem areas, which Mrs Hopkins is targeting with buddy reading schemes and afternoon reading sessions with teaching assistants, as well as spending £10,000 on new books for the school and reward systems to encourage more reading at home.
She said: “We will also be running workshops for parents to see how they can help with reading at home – the more we can get families on board the better.”
Another area highlighted as a problem was behaviour.
Mrs Hopkins said: “We think the report was a little unfair as the inspection was two weeks before Christmas and there were a couple of incidents that aren’t normal here.”
Nevertheless she is taking no chances and has introduced a ‘courtesy and respect award’ which allows staff and visitors to reward good behaviour with orange tokens. The class with the most tokens each fortnight can then choose a reward.
Mrs Hopkins has also been proactive in moving staff around and ensuring a substantial leadership structure.
She said: “Everyone is making an effort and there’s a great atmosphere amongst staff. We all want to improve and do the the best job possible.”
The academy is now being inspected every 12 weeks with the next inspection due soon.