South Molton Community College’s new principal is looking forward to the challenge of turning big plans at the school into reality.

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Former vice-principal Andrew Finney is the man stepping up to fill the void left by retiring Jenny Glover, who has been principal at the school for five years.

And the school is already in talks with the Department for Education (DfE) about improving parts of the 1950s building to bring it firmly into the 21st century.

“The building is a pretty site,” said Mr Finney. “We want to enhance it and improve our facilities.

“We’re thinking about things we want, such as Wi-Fi areas, but also keeping traditional things like the main hall for school assemblies. I would be loath to lose these values.”

Mr Finney is also keen to introduce a ‘professional capital’ system to help develop staff, as well as a new curriculum and increased working with the community.

“We’re blessed with great staff and that’s what makes the difference,” he said.

“We have students who leave the school fantastically well qualified and my worry has always been how they will function in the workplace. The best way to do that is by working with external agencies.

“I’m excited about developing the school but the idea is to collaborate with people.”

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