Headteacher joins 'big family' at recently converted academy
A TORBAY school recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' has welcomed a new headteacher to kick off the school year.
Emma Bone has taken over at the helm of the recently converted Ilsham Church of England Academy.
Mrs Bone, former assistant headteacher at Ladysmith junior school in Exeter, said: "I loved the feel of Ilsham as soon as I set foot inside the building. I could feel the vibrance, buzz and joy of learning.
"From the very first moment, it felt like being part of one big family — one that I very much wanted to join."
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Mrs Bone's appointment comes following the school attaining academy status earlier in the year, and a new partnership with Ellacombe School, forming the Learning Academy Partnership (South West).
The partnership has already proven successful for Ellacombe school which is undergoing a transformation following its removal from 'special measures'.
Mrs Bone said: "I recognised in the academy the commitment, passion and determination of all the staff and the strength of the partnership and the endless opportunities and possibilities that such a strong partnership could foster."
Drawing inspiration from the values of the London Olympics, Mrs Bone hopes to further build on the successes of the school.
She said: "I was appointed the week that the Olympic torch came to Torbay and the torch featured heavily in my interview and presentation to parents.
"With the start of the term we have been thinking about the Olympic and Paralympic values across the partnership and have been sharing these with the children and thinking about what they mean and what values are important to them.
"In many ways the torch and the values and spirit of the Olympics does embody what I hope to bring to the partnership.
"The torch of Ilsham, already lit and burning brightly, has been passed to me to hold and to do something great with — to make it shine even brighter through the achievements and opportunities that we offer out children."