THE teacher who has been instrumental in efforts to revitalise a school plunged into special measures has been rewarded by being named its permanent head teacher.
Viv Sharples revealed she was ‘delighted’ to learn that she had been handed the top job at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, for her work while undertaking the role on a acting basis.
She moved to thank pupils, staff and parents for their help and vowed to make sure the school achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating in the future.
Mrs Sharples told the Mail: “I am genuinely over the moon to have been named as the head teacher at Pingle.
“The school is a huge part of my life and it has been my dream since I started here to take on the top job and make the school the best it can be.
“What I like about the school is that it is so inclusive – we have high flyers heading off to study at Oxford but also cater for youngsters with special needs.
“Now that I have been given the role there is no time to lose and we will continue to work at implementing our plans to turn around the school.
“I do not want to just limp out of special measures. I want to aim to take this school to an outstanding rating and think that everyone involved can help achieve that.
“I will be working with everyone from teachers and pupils at the school to other schools in the area in Burton and South Derbyshire to make sure that youngsters at Pingle get the best education possible.
“On a personal note, I could only wish that I could share this news with my mother, who I have worked to be like my whole life and who has helped me get to where I am today.”
Pat Bullen, chairman of school assessors IEB, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Mrs Sharples to the position of permanent head teacher.
“Mrs Sharples has been a determined, energetic and inspirational leader who has led the school, as judged by the most recent Ofsted monitoring visit, towards making good progress out of special measures. While we have much more to achieve, with her at the helm, the IEB of the school has full confidence that we can achieve our goal of the removal of special measures.”