Executive headteacher quits school for new role

By David Banner | Education | Published:

An executive headteacher credited with kickstarting improvements at a struggling city school is quitting her post.

Smestow's departing head Angie Lawrence, with executive head Kerry Inscker, who is also on her way out

Kerry Inscker was praised by Ofsted bringing in a series of positive changes at Smestow School in Wolverhampton, in an inspection that saw the school graded as 'requires improvement'.

She served as the school's executive headteacher since October 2018 as part of the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust (UWMAT), and will now move on to a top role at another trust at the end of this term.

A statement from UWMAT said: "Mrs Inscker has played a key role in the improvements recognised in the most recent Ofsted report, and we wish her all the best for the future."

Her replacement is Clive Jones, the current head of Smestow's sister school Wednesfield High, which Ofsted said improved dramatically under his guidance.

He will form a new leadership team alongside James Till, who is replacing Angie Lawrence as head.

Smestow's latest Ofsted report said the quality of teaching at the school was "not good enough" and reflected a period of high staff turnover.

Inspectors noted that improvements had been made in recent months and praised safeguarding.


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