'Outstanding by 2020' pledge for Invenio Academy in Scunthorpe from new head
INVENIO Academy will be an "outstanding" school in 2020, according to new head teacher Richard Briggs.
The Scunthorpe secondary was told by Ofsted last year that it "requires improvement", the third lowest of the four Ofsted grades.
Long-serving head teacher Steve Gallaher retired shortly before the start of the current academic year, with associate head teacher Andy Downing stepping into the role on a temporary basis.
Now Mr Briggs, pictured, former deputy head at Oasis Academy Immingham, has taken over at the school on a permanent basis, with plans to raise standards over the coming years.
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Having helped take his previous institution out of special measures, Mr Briggs is confident he can lead Invenio's students to success.
He said: "You have only got to take one look to see this academy has the wow factor.
"The building is one of the landmarks of Scunthorpe and you think 'wow, what a place'.
"I know what it takes to deliver really good outcomes for students.
"I spoke to staff on my first day, explaining my vision to them. I told them that in September 2020 I will be standing in front of them in charge of an "outstanding" academy – and I want them to be there with me.
"I know it can't happen overnight, but I am committed for the long-term. I know there have been leadership changes over the past year and I want to bring stability.
"Students need to know they are believed in. When they come in here, they need to know that people will be there for them. I am hoping I have already started sending these signals out to them."
Mr Briggs has been teaching for 19 years and has been applying for headships for the past year, and felt that Invenio was the perfect place for him.
The academy uses a system of "discover learning", which sees students involved in controlling their own learning programme and booking themselves into teacher-led 15- minute tutorials.
Mr Briggs is carrying out a rigorous review before deciding whether it is the correct approach.
"It would be arrogant of me to come and say I know all the answers," he said. "I am just the leader of a team, but it has to be a team decision. The underlying question is all about outcomes for students. That is the driving force. We must ensure that they get the best possible results.
"I believe that sustainable change is built through consensus.
"My job now is to conduct an in-depth review of where we are and where we need to go next."