Charlestown Academy new Headteacher

22nd March 2017

Cornish Guardian Newspaper article w/b 20 March 2017


Primary's Interim Headteacher to remain

A new headteacher has been appointed at Charlestown Primary School following last year's poor Ofsted report and shock departure of its former head teacher in the weeks following the inspection.

Formerly executive headteacher at Upton Cross and St Kew, Mark Clutsom replaced Stephen Gibson as interim head at the end of October.

Charlestown had been inspected earlier in October and was given a 'requires improvement' rating.

Charlestown formed the Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust (ACE MAT) with six other schools - Robartes ACE Academy, St Columb Major ACE Academy, St Columb Minor ACE Academy, St Agnes ACE Academy and Gatehouse ACE Academy - in September 2015.

It was previously inspected by Ofsted in 2012, receiving a 'good' rating. The most recent report identified that improvement was required in every area.

After a two-day interview process, the directors of ACE and governors of Charlestown ACE Academy announced the appointment of Mr Clutsom.

He said he was delighted to have been offered the post on a permanent basis.

He added: "The team is a really committed, talented group of people striving to do the best for our children. The children are a delight. I have been pleased to be part of the community, and we are grateful for all of the support shown by parents and carers so far."

Mr Clutsom said some of the children have recently taken part in the 'race for the line' project based on the Bloodhound Rocket car land speed record attempt. They began with research, created artists impressions and then made computer-aided designs before building and testing the cars with ACE partners at St Columb Minor in Newquay.

The outdoor provision, especially for the younger children, has also been transformed in a short space of time, he said.

He added: "These projects are typical of the innovative and creative teaching which is happening every day in school and shows the level of enjoyment our children get from lessons. The inconsistencies which were identified in the report have all but disappeared, as we are sharing the good practice throughout the school.

"I am confident that when we receive our monitoring visit from (her majesty's inspectorate) that they will find we are well on track to be judged at least good at our next full inspection.”