New headteacher aiming for ‘outstanding’

Rachel Steele, new headteacher at Weston Favell Academy
Rachel Steele, new headteacher at Weston Favell Academy

The new headteacher at Weston Favell Academy in Northampton says she is aiming to lead the school to an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

Rachel Steele, who has moved from her role as vice-principal at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, has taken charge of the secondary school which is sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT).

Weston Favell has been without a permanent principal since March when Geraint Parry, who led the school out of special measures after two terms, resigned due to a need to be closer to his family in Manchester.

Mrs Steele, who started on November 2, said she was planning to have a five minute meeting with every year 11 student to find out what their opinions of the school.

Mrs Steele said: “I realise the targets for the school were set before I started and the aim is for the school to continue its journey to becoming an outstanding school.

“It will be a gradual process and I need to understand the areas that we need to work on improving.”

After becoming the fifth headteacher at the school in the past three years, Mrs Steele has reassured parents, pupils 
and staff that she is in the job for the “long haul.”

She said: “When I first came here the thing the students all said to me was ‘we want a headteacher to commit to the school’.

“That is what I want to communicate to people and I’m showing this by taking the time to get to know every single year 11 student.”

Mrs Steele said she was hoping to see an improvement in 2013’s GCSE and A-level results.