SUPERHEAD Ann Green has announced that she will be leaving Solihull for a new headship post in Berkshire at the end of this summer term.
She has steered Arden School, in Knowle, through many changes over the past nine years - including the opening of its own sixth form.
“When I first came to Arden, I had never heard of it! As somebody who knows of the schools in this area, it was surprising that such a good school didn’t have a higher profile.”
She has certainly raised the profile of the school since her arrival. Arden has become one of the highest-performing schools both in the borough and in the UK, and has benefited from some state-of-the-art new buildings as well as being successfully converted to Academy status in 2010.
Ann explains the goals that she set herself at the beginning of her time at Arden: “There were three things that I wanted to achieve. I wanted to maintain the positive ethos, which seems to be embedded in the walls here. I also wanted to give the children the opportunity to stay on at the school for their A-levels. Finally, I wanted every student to gain 5 A*-C at GCSE, something that I was sure we were capable of.”
She was successful in all of these objectives, guiding the school to exceptional rankings in the local school league tables, both for GCSE and A-level results. However the main source of her pride is something quite different.
“I am most proud of appointing some really fantastic teachers. That is the most important job that I do.”
Ann was also involved in getting struggling Park Hall School back on its feet. In 2008 she was appointed acting head at the Castle Bromwich-based comprehensive, which was in special measures at the time. Two-years later, Ofsted inspectors ranked the school as “good”.
Her affection for both schools is obvious, but she told the Solihull News it was time for a new challenge: “It’s a brand new chapter,” she added.