The new headteacher of Kingsthorpe College in Northampton said she thinks the secondary school is a “sleeping giant” that has a massive amount of potential to improve.
Debbie Morrison, who took over the 1,400-pupil school last month, said she had been impressed with the students and staff and predicted the school would achieve its “best set of GCSE results ever” in this summer’s exams.
Mrs Morrison took up her first headship in 2001 at the age of 37 at Mitchell High School, Stoke-on-Trent, before moving on to her second headship in 2007 at Coundon Court School, Coventry. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to education.
Mrs Morrison said: “I think this school is a sleeping giant because it has so much potential. I like what we are doing in the school. My vision is for the school to become a place of artistic, athletic and academic excellence.”
Mrs Morrison said she had introduced a number of changes since she took over as headteacher, including publishing a weekly newsletter and changing the leadership structure.
Plans are also in place to change some of the subjects offered in the sixth form, including the introduction of a health and beauty course.
The new headteacher said she had already appointed a number of new “dynamic, enthusiastic” teachers who were due to start working at the school in September.