New Tipton headteacher welcomed

TIPTON St John Primary School s new headteacher wants to build on established success and create something outstanding .

TIPTON St John Primary School's new headteacher wants to build on established success and create something "outstanding".

Gillian Morris, took over the school after Easter and says she does not want to change a successful formula.

Pupils at Tipton Primary achieved above average academic results in the last Ofsted inspection, which labelled personal development outstanding.

Mrs Morris wants to look at all aspects of the school to see where things can be improved while consulting with parents and staff.

"My ambition is for this to become an outstanding school," said the former deputy head at Charmouth Primary School in Dorset.

"I will be looking at the curriculum to make sure it is as exciting and stimulating as possible for the children," she said.

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"I would like to get them involved in initiatives such as basic skills, eco schools and Investors in People that we can also involve the whole community in, working together."

Mrs Morris said it was the friendliness of the village that appealed to her when she visited the school before she got the job.

"The children were lovely and very friendly and the staff were very welcoming," she said.

"But when I walked around the village people stopped and talked or just said hello. They didn't know who I was but they still made the time.

Mrs Morris has been teaching since 1989.

"I want to get to know the school and make any changes to the curriculum for September after I have had chance to talk to parents and staff," she said.

"We have a new playground area that the children can't wait to use and we are currently talking with them about how they would like it to be managed and organised.

"I am currently canvassing parents' views on what extended schools' activities they would like to see.

"Some we might be able to do ourselves and some we might provide in collaboration with other schools in our learning community.