New headteacher at Burnley school

Vicky Povey, the new headteacher of Burnley High School, with pupils Freya Gore, Thomas Coulton and Jessica Davies.
Vicky Povey, the new headteacher of Burnley High School, with pupils Freya Gore, Thomas Coulton and Jessica Davies.

The new principal of Burnley’s newest school says she is looking forward to the challenge.

Miss Vicky Povey has taken over as head of the Burnley High School from Mrs Dawn Forshaw in a planned transition.

The 38-year-old has been working with Mrs Forshaw since last year at the school, which is run by the Chapel Street Community Schools Trust.

Burnley High School is one of very few of its kind in the country and structures its lessons on an “expeditionary” model of project-based learning.

Miss Povey, who previously worked at Accrington Academy, said: “I have been working very closely with Dawn over the last year.

“We are literally starting from scratch, which is very exciting. There are new challenges ahead for me and the school.”

The school, which currently has just two year groups, is based at the Parkhill Business Centre, but will move to a new building on the site of the former Habergham High School at Easter, 2017.

Miss Povey said that around 70% of pupils came from the local catchment area, and that take-up for the next year group in September was “very promising”.

She added: “We are not a faith school – we welcome all faiths and none but our ethos is based around core values of Christianity. Our ethos is love, grace and fellowship. If we can embed that into every child then everything else will fall into place.

“Only ourselves and another Chapel Street school in Doncaster espouse expeditionary learning.

“Basically, this involves project-based learning where the pupils will create a product at the end. It is learning hands-on where the children apply skills learned in lessons.

“The next challenge will be in the coming years when we move into GCSE territory.”