A NEW headteacher has been appointed to take over at Cowes Enterprise College.
Rebecca Pearce, vice principal of City Academy Bristol, has been appointed to lead the college from January 2014, according to a statement issued by the school today (Monday).
She said: "I am delighted to have been appointed for this role and am really excited about taking up the position in January.
"Most of all, I am looking forward to working with staff and students to ensure that all learning in the college is outstanding and to make sure every student is making excellent progress. As a family we can’t wait to come and live on the Island."
As reported in May, the school is pursuing academy status and had been in consultation with the national group Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) about become an academy in Spring 2014.
The news of Mrs Pearce’s appointment was welcomed by Ormiston Academies Trust CEO, Prof Toby Salt, who said: "We are extremely pleased that Rebecca has been appointed to the role of principal of Cowes Enterprise College.
"What really impressed us was her passion for the role, and for engaging with the community and primary schools."
Cowes chair of governors Rachael Fiddler added: "This is excellent news. We are delighted to have appointed a new principal for Cowes Enterprise College.
"The interview process was rigorous, with a strong field of national candidates, and we know that Rebecca will provide exciting and determined leadership as we all work towards establishing Cowes as the school of choice for the Isle of Wight."
Mrs Pearce takes over from interim head Christine Hardman who was appointed in the wake of the shock departure of Jonathan Russell earlier this year.