New headteacher for Winterbourne Academy

May 02 2018

New headteacher for Winterbourne Academy


A NEW headteacher for Winterbourne Academy has been appointed to lead the school from the autumn.
Jason Beardmore will take up the post at the start of the 2018-19 academic year in September.
The academy has had an interim principal, Peter Smart, since January 2017 when he was seconded from the Castle School in Thornbury to provide stability during a difficult time.
But as reported in last month’s Frome Valley Voice, Mr Smart has decided to return to Thornbury for the start of the next school year so the position of permanent headteacher at Winterbourne was advertised.
The academy was transferred to the locally-based Olympus Academy Trust earlier this year and its chief executive, Dave Baker, said there had been a “rigorous” appointment process for a new headteacher over three days.
He said: “Jason has been headteacher of secondary schools in Somerset and Devon so he will bring significant experience with him.
“There was representation from students, staff, parents, governors and trustees in the appointment process and I am grateful for their support.”
When Olympus took over the previously named Winterbourne International Academy (WIA), the education watchdog Ofsted regarded WIA as closed, meaning inspectors won’t now return to give an assessment of the newly named school for three years.
WIA had been in special measures since March 2017 - one of a number of difficulties faced by the school, including financial problems which have now been tackled.