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New head in at Hassenbrook
8:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
THE new headteacher at Hassenbrook Academy is keen to continue driving improvement at the Stanford-le-Hope school.
Michelle Bamber took over from Richard Gasby ahead of the new school year when he retired after 11 years in the post.
Mrs Bamber comes into the role having already been at the school for two years as deputy head and leader of teaching and learning.
She started her career at the Coopers Company and Coborn School in Upminster where she taught Stanford’s very own X Factor star Rylan Clark.
The academy’s new head then moved to Westcliff High School for Girls where she headed the science and engineering department.
Mrs Bamber’s experience there ties in with Hassenbrook’s technology specialism status and could see the school strengthen its links with London Gateway, one of the UK’s biggest engineering projects, which is nearing completion just a few hundred metres from the school gates.
Mrs Bamber said: “I’ve been at the school two years as deputy headteacher and so going into this position I know the school having been part of its development over the last few years.
“My background isn’t all in teaching. I worked in the insurance industry for 13 years, insuring horses. I have been in teaching for 12 years.
“We have made considerable improvements to the quality of teaching and learning at the academy. This is something as headteacher I’m very passionate about and will strive to continue to improve. Teachers are using more innovative methods in their teaching and teaching here is now good with an increasing numbers of outstanding lessons. I’m very keen to carry on driving up standards, both in achievement and from a pastoral perspective.
“Our results are impressive and are improving as our teaching improves.
“I’m also keen the impression our students give both inside and outside the academy is good and so we have made adjustments to the uniform, with girls wearing longer, knee-length skirts.
“I’m really proud to be headteacher here. We’re a little, caring community with extremely high aspirations and standards.
“I can see the academy going from strength-to-strength.”
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