A NEW headteacher is being sought to “ignite learning” at a South Tyneside secondary school.
Governors at South Shields Community School are looking for an “inspirational” leader to drive the improving school forward.
The hunt for a new leader follows the departure of former headteacher Dr John Frain at Easter this year.
Executive headteacher David Baldwin and head of school Mark Midgely have been in charge since then.
Mr Baldwin, who is also headteacher of Churchill Community College in Wallsend, said: “The young people here are really looking for that inspirational leader and on that basis, the school’s got an enormous amount to offer them.”
The school, in Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, was established in 2007, following the merger of King George V School and Brinkburn Comprehensive.
It was rated good by Ofsted in 2011 and moved into a new building later that year.
Mr Baldwin, writing in the application pack, added: “The school is on a journey and, in my opinion, is looking for someone who will show strong leadership and give the school a real sense of purpose and direction.
“The facilities at the school are excellent and the staff are eager to work together.
“I believe these ingredients, along with experience and ability to inspire, will ignite learning at this school.” The closing date for applications for the position, which has a salary of up to £78,298, is Monday, with interviews taking place later this month. The successful candidate will start in January.
Chairman of governors, Gillian Moore, said: “We believe we have an excellent platform from which to move the school forward for the benefit of our young people, the school community and the wider community.
“The school is in a strong position for attainment in 2013; if our current Year 11 predictions are achieved, we will improve the percentage of students gaining five or more A* to C GCSEs, including maths and English.
“We are focused on ensuring that students make good or better progress throughout their time with us to ensure that all achieve the best they are capable of.”
She added: “We seek a headteacher who is an outstanding leader that can inspire excellence within our school.
“Our leader will require energy, motivation, commitment and ambition to build on our success and fully realise the potential of the school, its students and its staff.”
There are currently 677 pupils aged 11 to 16 at the school and 12 post-16 students studying further education courses in partnership with South Tyneside College.