The newly appointed headteacher at Hardwick Middle School, due for closure in 2016 under school reorganisation, says she is aiming to take pupils forward with high quality teaching and learning and the best experience they can have.
Rachel Forward is currently assistant headteacher at both King Edward V1 School and the middle school in Mayfield Road.
She takes over from Andrea Smith and will be instrumental in the transmission of Hardwick’s pupils to the upper school at age 11.
She has worked between the two schools for the past four years and says she plans to bring in new projects in sports and music as well as developing gifted and talented children at the 395-pupil school.
She said: “It is an exciting step up for me. I have a team of really dedicated professionals and am looking forward to working with them to focus on the quality of teaching and learning.
“Because of the partnership working it is an opportunity to move on to new, higher achievements, with the great legacy from Andrea Smith.”
Miss Forward said that most of the 100 pupils were expected to transition to the upper school. “We are striving to make sure students have the best experience they can, wherever they chose to go on to.”
The school has already begun making joint staff appointments so that some staff could transition to the secondary school and the school was also bringing in forward contracts, which would enable staff to stay teaching at Hardwick and then move into posts at King Edward VI. The close relationship between the schools was key to this.