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We are delighted to announce our new head teacher, Mrs Julia Hinchliffe

Published on 09/05/17

Orchard School Bristol has announced its new head teacher after current head Dr Helen Holman announced her retirement from the role earlier this year.

The new head teacher will be Julia Hinchliffe, currently the Deputy Principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton, and previously Assistant Principal at Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds. She will take over the role in September.

Dr Holman has overseen a period of remarkable success for the Horfield school which has seen student growth, best ever exam success and an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ in the past three years.

She said: “It has been a privilege to have been head teacher of OSB and I will miss every aspect of my work here. I know how much Julia wanted this job and how excited she is to be leading it to outstanding outcomes. I know too that she has a talented team of students and  staff and the positive support of the wider community who will be there to support her all the way."

Mrs Hinchliffe said she was excited about the new role, with the school making such good progress.

She said: “Orchard School Bristol is a fantastic school with high quality staff, friendly students and a vibrant learning environment. Dr Holman has built a remarkable school, with calm behaviour, best ever exam success and an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.  It is a huge privilege to be appointed head teacher and I am excited to be leading the school to an even brighter future from September."

When she announced her retirement, Dr Holman said: “We have a team of exceptional professionals amongst the whole staff; the highest calibre of leaders, teaching staff and a support staff who give us all such crucial backing. I have no doubt when I say that our teachers have developed and refined teaching and learning best practice which would be the envy of many schools across the city.

“This was reflected in our latest Ofsted report and we have further ‘upped our game’ with the hugely successful ‘Ready to Learn’ system which has produced a cultural revolution in the classroom and beyond."

This year, Orchard School has introduced the revolutionary Ready to Learn system which is producing remarkable results in the classroom, with learning maximised and behaviour problems reduced to a minimum.

The school, part of the Trust in Learning chain of academies, has also recently announced a tie-up with local primary schools, including Horfield CofE, Filton Avenue and Bishop Road to create a new programme of teaching Latin.