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Head sets her sights on the highest possible standards
THREE weeks into the job and Henry Box’s new headteacher has grand plans for its future.
Wendy Hemmingsley wants the school, in Church Green, Witney, to be rated outstanding in all areas when it is next inspected in three years’ time.
The secondary school was rated good in all areas after its first Ofsted inspection since it gained academy status last year.
Miss Hemmingsley replaces Nicky Edmondson who left the school at the end of the last term for a role in Cornwall.
Henry Box’s new headteacher was previously deputy headteacher at Gosford Hill School in Kidlington, where she had been for six years.
She said: “I have started from a really strong position this year. “We have had a very positive start to the term which is really good for me. We have had really good results in the GCSEs this year.”
She added: “My plan is that when our next inspection happens in three years we will be outstanding. That is my aim.”
And Miss Hemmingsley is looking to team up with neighbouring secondary, Wood Green, in Woodstock Road, Witney, to share good teaching practices.
She said: “There is a plan for us and Wood Green to share good practice later this term. It is called Teachmeet and is an idea which came from Twitter.
“It is just starting to take off around the country and we want to do our own version.
“Our sixth forms already work quite closely together and we might look at how we can develop that and look to develop the relationship further. I am also looking to work closely with primaries and have already met the Witney primary school headteachers.”
Miss Hemmingsley could have taken a completely different path in life if she taken a job offer to be a trainee journalist at her local paper.
She said: “I did nearly end up being a reporter. A local paper in Derbyshire offered me a trainee role.
“I made the decision not to take it up, but my degree at university was in media and English.”
The historic halls of Henry Box have not overwhelmed the new headteacher. She said: “Even though the buildings are beautiful, it is the people in the buildings that make the school.
“There is a really dedicated team here who are proud of the heritage, but who also look to the future.
“I like it, it’s a really nice feel here.”
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