A TALENTED teacher has been awarded the top job at the Tyneside school she has helped to turn around.
Jill Gillies officially takes over as head at Jarrow School in South Tyneside this week, coinciding with the start of the new term.
Executive headteacher Ken Gibson has handed over the baton after three years at the helm.
Mr Gibson, who is also executive head at Harton Technology College in South Shields and Sunderland’s Academy 360, was drafted in to improve standards at the Field Terrace school after Ofsted inspectors gave it a “notice to improve” three years ago.
Ms Gillies has worked closely with Mr Gibson to improve Jarrow School, culminating in its recent glowing Ofsted, which included several outstanding judgements.
She said: “I can’t quite believe I am going to be headteacher and Jarrow School will be my school. I am excited to get started and continue moving forward.
“I started at the school more than 20 years ago as a newly qualified teacher and I have worked my way up to headteacher, so I know the school, the community and the parents very well.”
She added: “We want Jarrow School to be an outstanding school – that is our vision and our aim and I believe with the fantastic team we have we can achieve that.”
Mr Gibson said: “Ms Gillies has been a formidable driving force over the past three years and she is a first class appointment for the school.
“I am extremely proud to have been a small part of the success of the school over recent times and will be very sad leaving, but I am confident Jarrow School will continue to prosper with Ms Gillies at the helm and I look forward to hearing about the continued success.
“I wish pupils, staff, parents, governors and trustees all the very best for the future and will remember my time at Jarrow with enormous pride and genuine affection.
“I’d like to thank everyone connected with Jarrow School for their stunning efforts and support in what has been a fabulous time for me personally.”
Chair of Governors Jean Stokes added: “The governors are confident that Ms Gillies, a long-serving member of staff at Jarrow School will, with the full support of the staff, lead the school to an even brighter future.
“Everyone at the school is to be commended for their hard efforts and well deserved success.”
I started at the school more than 20 years ago as a newly qualified teacher and I have worked my way up to head teacher