TROUBLED North Bromsgrove High School has appointed a new permanent headteacher.

Mr Nick Gibson, who had been acting as joint interim headteacher alongside Mr Lee Gray since last summer, has been given the job on a full-time basis.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as headteacher and I look forward to working with staff and students in celebrating North Bromsgrove High School’s future success,” said Mr Gibson.

Previous headteacher Angelina Robin-Jones resigned in June 2018 and the school was placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted the following month.

The Advertiser had previously reported that seven maths teachers had quit the school and education watchdog Ofsted admitted in its report that ‘significant staff turnover’ had slowed pupils’ progress.

All five inspection categories were graded ‘inadequate’ after Ofsted’s visit in May, which occurred not long after a student was found to have brought a knife into the school.

Following Ms Robin-Jones’ resignation, Mr Gray was drafted in from his role as headteacher at Studley High School in order to oversee the implementation of a short-term plan for the school.

He is believed to have returned to his full-time role at Studley now Mr Gibson has taken over permanently.

In a letter to parents, the school’s interim executive board said that Mr Gibson came out on top of a ‘robust selection process’.

The letter, from the interim board’s chairperson Mrs Anja Potze, said: “The Interim Executive Board (IEB) are pleased to announce that Mr Nick Gibson has been appointed permanent Headteacher of North Bromsgrove High School.

“This followed a robust selection process to ensure that the IEB made the right decision for your student(s).

“Nick is committed to providing our students with a first-rate education which enables them to achieve their highest aspirations.

“I hope you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment, and in supporting him as he leads the school into an exciting future.”