New Cowes Enterprise College principal Becky Pearce. Picture by Peter Boam.
STUDENTS will play a vital role in shaping Cowes Enterprise College according to the Isle of Wight school’s new head.
The new principal of the college pledged to listen and show students their voice can make a difference.
Becky Pearce, 42, took over at Cowes this term, following the departure of Christine Hardman, who was drafted-in temporarily by governors to start the task of getting the college out of special measures.
Ms Pearce's arrival follows the school's recent troubled history, which has seen a succession of headteachers, tumbling examination results and the new £32 million building opening a year late.
She described the new building as "an amazing facility" of which teachers and students could be proud and said an experienced project manager had been appointed by Hampshire County Council to ensure remaining construction problems were resolved.
Ms Pearce was previously vice-principal at City Academy, Bristol, which was judged "good" by Ofsted in 2012 and "outstanding" culturally.
She said: "There is every reason to believe Cowes will become an excellent college with the tremendous support I am receiving from the Ormiston Academies Trust in preparation for us becoming an Ormiston academy.
"Our excellence can contribute to Island education becoming excellent and, instead of the Island seeking help from other authorities, there is no reason why they should not come to us to learn from our expertise in the future."