Staffing changes for the new school year

We’re delighted to share news of some incredibly worthy and hard earned promotions for existing staff which means a reorganisation of our year group focused Achievement Co-ordinators.

Having taught at Plantsbrook for 12 years, including seven as an ACO, Mr Watson will make the step up to Acting Head of Sixth Form in September. His replacement as Achievement Co-ordinator for the soon to be Year 10 cohort will be Mrs Lynch, who brings her specialist Key Stage 4 knowledge to support pupils through to the completion of their GCSEs.

In a further step to utilise specialist knowledge at the beginning of the school journey, Miss Wilson is promoted from Assistant Achievement Co-Ordinator to Acting ACO for the incoming Year 7.

Headteacher Mrs Neal says although not ideal to make changes at this late stage, she’s confident the right structure is in place for a successful year ahead:

“We are always looking to improve our processes and not be afraid to grasp opportunities to make positive changes. Miss Wilson is perfectly placed to understand the unique needs of Year 7 students whilst Mrs Lynch has a track record of guiding older students through a vitally important period. I firmly believe both they and Mr Watson will embrace their new roles and make school stronger as a result.”

Mr Saunders (centre) and the new PE, Health & Wellbeing staff

The changes come as another long serving teacher, Mr Saunders, has been promoted to the new post of Subject Lead for PE, Health and Wellbeing, to be assisted by Ms McLaughlin. Their expanded remit allows a wider focus than just physical education, to include the mental, emotional and social health of not just students but crucially also staff.

Mrs Neal says it marks a real focus on developing existing areas to meet the needs of a forward thinking school:

“Be the best you can be is more than just our school motto, it drives our decision making and the changes we’re implementing will ensure we continue to adapt to provide the very best education possible. Alongside the new remit for the PE Department, we’re also bringing together our Business, Computing and Social Sciences staff and combining our Arts and Technology departments into new faculties, allowing for a collaborative approach to the development of teaching and learning within each of the specific subjects. This, alongside the appointment of a number of subject specialists, will support our continued focus of quality teaching in all departments.”

The confirmed Achievement Co-ordinators for each year group in September are…

Year 7 – Miss Wilson

Year 8 – Mr Fleet

Year 9 – Mr Waple

Year 10 – Mrs Lynch

Year 11 – Mrs Francis

Check out these links below for more information and helpful advice ahead of the new school year

Year 6 to 7 Transition

Back to School dates confirmed