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New headteacher vows to make troubled school ‘outstanding’
THE new headteacher of Colchester’s largest secondary school has vowed to elevate its Ofsted rating to “outstanding”.
Catherine Hutley, 34, beat 20 competitors to become Philip Morant’s £100,000 head of school.
Miss Hutley, currently deputy headteacher at the Colne Community School and College, Brightlingsea, has spent the last nine months working two days a week at Philip Morant, to help drive up standards.
The 1,600-pupil school was told by inspectors last year it “required improvement”.
Miss Hutley, 34, said: “It is a fresh start, which is exactly what this school needs, but it is not an unknown teacher coming into a blank canvas.
“I have had nine months’ induction, which gives us the footing to move incredibly quickly to Outstanding.”
Miss Hutley said she wanted the school given the top rating – two grades higher than its current one – by 2018 at the latest.
Miss Hutley also admitted tackling bullying would be a “huge priority” when she starts the job this September.
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