Peele head says we're heading for 'best ever year'
Autumn term started at Peele Community College with a bumper intake of experienced teachers and a big rise in the number of Year 7 pupils.
Seven teachers and three trainee teachers joined the Long Sutton school.
As head teacher Jane Moody strengthened her team she spoke of her confidence in the coming year being “the best ever for all of us”.
Among the new faces is trainee English teacher Jordan English, a shining example of home-grown achievement as she returns to the same Peele classrooms where she once studied.
“I have just completed my degree in BA (Hons) History and English Literature at the University Centre of West Anglia,” said Miss English, who also spent the last five years working in the theatre while studying.
Peele is in the process of becoming an academy under the wing of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust, the same trust that looks after its hugely successful neighbour, University Academy Holbeach (UAH).
In the last few years, Peele has seen a big turnover of staff, which Mrs Moody says can be “unsettling” for pupils.
Only three staff left last year and latest additions to the team mean the teacher-pupil ratio has dramatically dipped from 30-1 to 19-1.
Mrs Moody, who teaches science to Year 7s, says the school can now fill any teacher absences with its own qualified staff .
On Friday, Mr Matthew Archer (Assistant Subject Leader for English), who has joined Peele from UAH, was away on a school day-trip ... so Mrs Moody stepped in to guide his Year 11s through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Mrs Moody said: “I am delighted to be welcoming our new staff, who all have such a passion for teaching and are already working at improving the life chances of our students.
“The first week has been incredibly positive and all of the new staff have commented on how they have felt so welcome in our school, and on how polite and hard-working our students are.
“To be able to recruit teachers of such high quality is very fortunate in this time of teacher shortages and it means that The Peele is in a very strong position for improvement.
“I am confident that this year will be the best ever for all of us here at The Peele.”
Year 7 numbers have risen from 122 to 147, another reason for growing confidence.
New teaching staff include: Mrs Ellie Austin (Humanities), whose main subject is Geography but she also teaches History and RS; Mrs Nicola Leeper (Subject Leader for Science), who is in her 25th year of teaching and joins from The Giles Academy at Old Leake; Mr Mark Murfet (Assistant Subect Leader for Maths), who has been teaching for nearly 10 years and joins from Spalding/Bourne Academy; Mrs Imogen Newell (Humanities), whose main subject is History and joins from Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech; Mrs Karen Pumfrey (Science), who joins from Peterborough’s Thomas Clarkson Academy; Mrs Nicola Stollery (English), who joins from the City of Peterborough Academy.
Trainee teachers Mrs Clo O’Hara (French) and Lauren Horspool (Science) are also bringing their expertise to Peele.