New head shares his high hopes

Fulwood Academy principal Stephen Henry, left, with primary headteachers
Fulwood Academy principal Stephen Henry, left, with primary headteachers
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We want to be the best school in Preston.

That’s the ambition of the new man at the helm of the city’s Fulwood Academy.

Stephen Henry took over the reins of the Black Bull Lane school amid controversy - it had just been placed in special measures by Ofsted - but after only days in the job he was impressed with the determination of staff and pupils to rid themselves of that status.

Mr Henry was previously vice-principal at Childwall Academy in Liverpool and has also taught in Manchester and Oldham.

Fulwood is his first headship and rather than seeing it as challenge said he is embracing the post with “excitement and enthusiasm.”

The father-of-three said his key priorities were to raise aspirations and make school interesting and exciting.

He added: “I want students to be excited about coming to school and I want the staff to feel like that. ‘Fulwood is Changing’ is the slogan we are adopting.”

He said the ethos at the school was very good and he has already been impressed with the behaviour of pupils and the relationship between staff and students.

Mr Henry said: “It has been a pleasure so far. I want Fulwood to be the first choice for pupils at our local schools.”

The principal wants to involve the community in school life, and facilities, and has already invited headteachers from local primary schools to view the £23m campus.