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March Burrowmoor School will have a new headteacher from September

Diane Hawkes is set to take charge of Burrowmoor Primary School in March and is promising to turn it into a 'Good' school.

Diane Hawkes will be taking over the headship at Burrowmoor School in March from September. (2415952)
Diane Hawkes will be taking over the headship at Burrowmoor School in March from September. (2415952)

Diane will join a team from September working locally led by Jason Wing, the executive principal and heads of school at both Neale -Wade Academy and the Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

At its last inspection in December 2016 the Burrowmoor was rated as 'Requiring Improvement' in all areas, except early years provision which inspectors said was 'Good'.

The extended leadership team will provide a local support network to enable Diane to continue Burrowmoor’s improvement.

Having begun her teaching career in East Sussex, Diane is an experienced headteacher who, during her 21 years in the profession, has successfully taken up deputy and headship primary school roles.

Diane said: "I am very excited to have been given the headship at Burrowmoor. I am looking forward to working as part of a team that is committed to ensure that Burrowmoor offers the very best education for all of its pupils and to show everyone what a good school it can be, in every sense, not just in terms of Ofsted grading.

“In my most recent role at Little Paxton Primary, we successfully took the school from a 'Good' Ofsted rating to 'Outstanding' and maintained this grading by continually achieving high results in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 statutory tests.

"I am now particularly looking forward to working in a school that is part of a Trust, for the first time in my career, and having access to a network of support for the school."

During the past four years, Diane has trained to be an Ofsted inspector, taking the opportunity to visit other local authorities to inspect schools. This has provided her with new ideas and skills that can be embedded in Burrowmoor. Diane is also actively involved with the Cambridge Maths Hub and part of the team to implement the teaching for mastery initiative across schools in Cambridgeshire.

As headteacher at Burrowmoor Diane's main focuses will be to build on the hard work that has already begun to improve pupil achievement in all year groups, thus helping the school on its journey to secure a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

Diane continued: "My biggest career challenge so far has been as deputy head in an area of high deprivation, unemployment and where many families had low aspirations for their children. During my seven years at the school, we initiated different ways to involve parents in their children’s learning which has improved overall attendance and better engagement.

"Key stage 2 results also improved and during my last two years with the school figures were in line with national achievements for the first time.”

Gary Peile, chief executive of the Active Learning Trust, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Diane to the Active Learning Trust team; we are all looking forward to working with Diane to ensure that Burrowmoor is the good school that the local community in March deserves. Our staff can expect support and advice of the highest quality, clarity about the expectations we have of them and the right and responsibility to share successes and concerns.”

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