New term brings new head with community ambitions at Invenio Academy in Scunthorpe
A new term has seen the appointment of a new head teacher at the Invenio Academy in Scunthorpe.
The school, formerly known as Foxhills, has said farewell to long-serving head teacher Steve Gallaher, who decided to retire after 18 years at the helm.
Mr Gallaher previously put his retirement on hold to help the school improve its Ofsted grade but chose at the end of last term to step down.
He has been replaced by associate head teacher Andy Downing, who will work as acting head until a permanent appointment is made.
Mr Downing, who has taught at the school for 12 years, said: "I am ecstatic at the opportunities this will bring, especially at a time where our new school building is so close to being finished.
"One of my key goals is to put Invenio back at the heart of the community.
"We have even employed two new learning support managers to work with other local schools and community groups to create better links.
"This will enable our students to experience a wider range of opportunities outside school, as well as providing our facilities for the community.
"Having taught at Invenio for so many years, I have been a big advocate of the learning process that we use.
"Discover learning is equipping our students properly for future education and I was pleased to have played an important part in its introduction.
"Because my previous role was associate headteacher, the transition to acting head has not been too difficult for staff and students to adapt to."
The school has undergone a £12.9 million transformation as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, with 66 per cent of the site being rebuilt.
Mr Downing said: "Work at the school is largely complete and the biggest recent addition has been the large signage on the front of the building."
A new head teacher will be appointed later in the academic year, with the post due to be advertised externally before the end of 2012.
The school was previously graded by Ofsted as "good with outstanding features" – but inspectors found achievement of pupils and quality of teaching to be "satisfactory" in their latest visit, in April this year.