Scott of ‘Gleed’ is officially the captain of ship

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Staff and pupils at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School are celebrating the official appointment of their new headteacher.

Will Scott was made acting headteacher of the troubled academy, that had been placed in special measures, when Janet Daniels left under a cloud in May.

Since then he has been working tirelessly to move things forward and get the academy out of special measures.

Mr Scott, who moved from Surrey to become deputy headteacher of Gleed Boys’ School in 2006, said he was looking forward to being able to officially lead the joint schools.

He said: “I’m obviously delighted. It’s always been an honour to work with such fine students.

“The problems we have had here are no secret but I’m looking forward to working with the students, parents and the wider community so we can move forward as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of good things happening at this school and we want people to know all about it.”

The announcement that he had officially been appointed headteacher was made by the chairman of governors David Rich in a letter to parents on Thursday.

He wrote: “He was put through a challenging process with good candidates for the post from various parts of England.

“Mr Scott has done an excellent job as acting headteacher and he shone brightly during the selection process.”

Lesa Jeffery, chairman of Friends of the Sir John Gleed School, said: “We are absolutely over the moon. The students respect Mr Scott and that’s a massive step forward.

“He loves the school and wants it to work.

“He’s a genuinely nice man. It’s onwards and upwards from now.”

Parent Rebecca Thirkell, who reported the school to Ofsted ahead of it being placed in special measures following “serious incidents relating to violence”, was equally delighted with the appointment.

She said: “I’m really pleased and I’m sure the children are, too.

“I’m hopeful that the school will go from strength to strength and I think it’s the best outcome possible.”