Head of new Ilford academy reveals plan for school

The headteacher of Redbridge’s first newly built academy has spoken about her vision for the school.

Recently appointed Rachel Macfarlane is bringing her 12 years of expertise in improving schools to the Isaac Newton Academy School in High Road, Ilford.

Ms Macfarlane, who currently heads Walthamstow School for Girls, spoke to the Recorder about her teaching history and plans for the school as she stood on the site of the academy,

“The fact I am joining an academy is not what influenced my move here,” she said.

“It’s the ability to start from scratch that I find really exciting.

“With joining already established schools, you have to adapt to fit into them, to a certain extent. But here, I’ll be interviewing all staff and having a say with details such as furniture and overall ambience within the school.”

Set to open in September 2012, the school will take in 180 Year 7 pupils initially, expanding with year on year intakes until it reaches full capacity in 2019.

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“Redbridge has some fantastic schools, I already have connections with a lot of these through the good practice initiatives,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working closely with them, and I have already had a secondary head meeting. “The Isaac Newton Academy will mould into the network of schools in the borough.”

The sports hall is primed to attract attention to passers-by as it sits on an upper level, and forms the bridge which visitors pass under when they enter.

Ms Macfarlane: “The school’s focus will be very much depth before breadth, meaning we will closely look at children’s literacy and numeracy skills when they join and nurture these.”

The school, which will specialise in music and maths, will be hosting an open day for prospective parents on September 27.

For more information call academy sponsor ARK Schools on 0203 1160700.