New head wants a fresh start for Brixington

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 October 2015

Martin O'mahony is the new Head of Teaching and Learning at Brixington Primary Academy. Ref exe 2533-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Martin O'mahony is the new Head of Teaching and Learning at Brixington Primary Academy. Ref exe 2533-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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The new headteacher of an Exmouth school has set his sights on achieving an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Martin O’Mahony became the new headteacher of Brixington Primary School in September and has already made improvements to the school.

Earlier this year, inspectors found serious failings at the school, prompting the school to become an academy as part of the First Federation Trust.

It is a multi-academy trust of schools across Devon. Launched in 2006, it has seven schools and a teaching school - all schools have improved since joining the federation

Mr O’Mahony is keen for his appointment to be seen as ‘fresh start’ for the school and hopes his appointment brings stability to the school.

He said: “It’s been a fantastic start to term and it has really given the school a fresh start.

“I just want to put the focus back on teaching and learning.

“I think the challenge is to make sure every child is taught by an outstanding teacher and that the children feel encouraged to learn.”

Ofsted inspections over the last 10 years found the school was satisfactory or needing improvement, Mr O’Mahony said.

He has set a target of five years ‘maximum’ to turn around the school and achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating from inspectors.

When the children returned to school last month, they did so with rebranded uniform and logos.

Brixington Primary School has recently re-launched its under sevens sports teams and will be hosting a football tournament next week in partnership with Exeter City Football Club.

It is also working with Brixington Church, which has recently started using the school to hold meetings.

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