Ex-head has a new challenge

Headteacher Bill Jordon
Headteacher Bill Jordon

A HEADTEACHER who led a town school to an outstanding Ofsted report will attempt to turn around the fortunes of an under-achieving academy which has been placed in special measures.

Bill Jordon stepped down as headteacher of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, after 18 years in charge last year.

But just eight months later, Mr Jordon has taken the reins of North Shore Health Academy, in Stockton, which was rated as “inadequate” after an Ofsted inspection in January, this year.

The school was placed in special measures because “it is failing to give its students an acceptable standard of education”.

Just 32 per cent of pupils in Year 11 achieved five or more GCSE A*-C grades including English and maths last year and overall attendance is said to be “well below average”.

Mr Jordon has now stepped in as executive principal on a five-term contract in a bid to help the struggling school out of special measures.

The 63-year-old told the Mail it was his passion for education and his will to see students achieve which resulted in him taking over control of another school.

He said: “I don’t like to see schools struggling and we have to use the next five terms to address any issues.”

The recent Ofsted report rated achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management as all being inadequate.

It stated all need to be improved before the school will be taken out of special measures.

Mr Jordon said he will use the same successful practice he has adopted in the past as he attempts to pull the school out of special measures before his short-term contract runs out in December 2013.

He added: “We will ensure a high quality of teaching and I am confident that by working closely with the staff here we will achieve ourtargets.”

Mr Jordon will also help to recruit a full-time principal, who will take charge in December next year.

The academy, which is sponsored by the NHS, Stockton College Consortium and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, opened in September 2010 and amalgamated Blakeston School Community Sports College and Norton School Humanities College.