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Etone College Appoint New Headteacher


Mr Ian Smith

Etone College are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Headteacher Mr Ian Smith. Mr Smith, who is currently Deputy Headteacher at Hodge Hill School in Birmingham, will join the college after Easter.
Mr Smith said, “I am extremely proud to have been appointed Headteacher of Etone College. I have recently had the opportunity to meet pupils and staff and I have been extremely impressed by the positive, purposeful and professional atmosphere around school. The pupils show a real pride in themselves, look very smart in their uniform and are strong ambassadors for the school. They speak positively about their staff and appreciate the support and guidance that they receive.
My overall ambition is to ensure that Etone College, once again, becomes an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school. My belief is that every child should achieve to their full potential; is able to experience the highest quality teaching and learning and, as a consequence, will make rapid and sustained progress within a happy, safe and secure environment. I also want to ensure that pupils leave Etone College fully prepared for adult life, able to make informed choices and positively contribute to the wider community of Nuneaton. As the recent Ofsted report shows, we are already well on the way to achieving these goals.
Etone College is a school which has enormous potential to improve further still. I very much look forward to meeting parents / carers and pupils next term.”
Dame Maureen Brennan, Executive Headteacher of the Matrix Academy Trust which oversees Etone College, said, “The governors and I are extremely pleased about the appointment of Etone’s new Headteacher Mr Smith. His experience and knowledge will no doubt drive the college forward to new and exciting challenges. The recent Ofsted report shows that the college has made significant progress in the last 12 months and I have no doubt that this will continue under Mr Smith’s leadership”.
Etone College is still celebrating after its recent Ofsted inspection. Inspectors moved the college out of ‘Special Measures’ and rated the college ‘Good’ in four categories.


• College now rated ‘Good’ in four categories by Ofsted.

Etone College has been moved out of ‘Inadequate’ and rated ‘Good’ in four categories after its latest inspection by Ofsted.
The college has undergone a radical transformation over the last twelve months having been partnered with Barr Beacon School under the Matrix Academy Trust.
Dame Maureen Brennan, Executive Headteacher, said, “We are delighted that the college has now been removed from Special Measures and that Ofsted have recognised the improvements which have taken place over the past twelve months. It has been a difficult period for the college but we firmly believe that the college is now on an upward trajectory and will soon be the leading school in Nuneaton.”

“Many of our parents will have seen at first hand the progress we have made and the changes that have been implemented. The college will continue to move forward so that we provide the very best education for each and every one of our pupils.”

The inspection took place on 11th and 12th February with inspectors making judgements on five key areas: leadership and management; behaviour and safety; quality of teaching; achievement of pupils and the sixth form provision.

The inspectors found that:
In a short period of time, exceptionally strong senior leadership, including governance, has had a significant impact on improving all aspects of the academy.

Rigorous systems now monitor teachers’ performance and students’ achievement, so that prompt and effective action is taken to bring about required improvements. These are having an exceptionally strong impact.

All staff are now held accountable for students’ achievement.

Students behave well and demonstrate good attitudes to learning. They want to learn because teachers make lessons interesting and challenging.

All students, including disadvantaged students, are now making much better progress in all key stages and across most subjects. Gaps between groups of students are narrowing.

The sixth form is good. The students study courses that match their ability and they receive strong support and guidance. As a result, they develop confidence and resilience and make well-informed choices about their future.

Read the full OFSTED Report