Tapton head to help Chaucer

The head of one of Sheffield’s most successful schools has been drafted in to boost standards at a struggling school on the other side of the city.

David Bowes, head of Tapton at Ranmoor, has been asked to help improve attainment at Chaucer Business and Enterprise College in Parson Cross, which is failing to meet Government standards.

The move makes Mr Bowes the first city headteacher to take on a leadership role under the Government’s strategy to raise achievement.

Dr Sonia Sharp, director children’s services, said: “Tapton is a highly successful school where the headteacher is a National Leader of Education and the school is accredited to work with other schools throughout the country.

“For some time now our approach to school improvements has been based on strong working relationships between schools.”

Mr Bowes, who has taken on the role of executive head in addition to his existing post, said: “We look forward to sharing and utilising this capacity in support of Chaucer in its drive to raise standards. It is a privilege to be part of offering school-to-school partnerships.”

Steve Robinson remains head of Chaucer but is working with the council on establishing a new citywide learning body.