New head at town schools to keep up family standard

Sarah Moore is to be the new executive headteacher of Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies, succeeding her mother Cherry Edwards OBE.  Photo by Rachel Atkins.
Sarah Moore is to be the new executive headteacher of Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies, succeeding her mother Cherry Edwards OBE. Photo by Rachel Atkins.
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Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies have high expectations of its new executive headteacher after seeing evidence of “real passion for the role”.

Sarah Moore is to take over as educational leader of both schools in January, with a ringing endorsement from governors who put her through a “rigorous interview process”.

Mrs Moore is ideally placed to continue the high standards set by outgoing executive headteacher Cherry Edwards OBE under whom the school was to be outstanding, both by Ofsted in 2010 and Church of England school inspectors in March this year.

The two women are in fact mother and daughter, but the chairman of governors for the Abbey Academies Trust, John Kirkman, stressed that Mrs Edwards played no part in the appointment of her child as a successor.

Mr Kirkman said: “The selection panel recently interviewed Mrs Sarah Moore for the position of executive headteacher after she was recommended to us by two education consultants.

“Following a visit to both schools, Mrs Moore then submitted a formal application and went through an interview process which was a very rigorous one.

“She provided evidence of the highest professional standards, a real passion for the role and was an immediate hit with both children and staff.

“We also received outstanding references outlining her success and contribution within the schools in which she has been headteacher and within the wider education sector.

“The unanimous recommendation of the selection panel was to offer Mrs Moore the post of executive headteacher and I am delighted to confirm that she has accepted.”

Mrs Moore is currently executive headteacher of Oak Tree Primary and Nursery School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and like Mrs Edwards, is also a National Leader of Education to help raise standards in struggling schools.

“Protocol dictates that the current headteacher plays no part in the recruitment of their replacement and it is particularly important 
in this case because Mrs Moore is in fact a daughter of Mrs Edwards,” Mr Kirkman said.