MP predicts a bright future for Gosport school as new head takes over

VISIT Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage with new Brune Park headteacher, Richard Kelly. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122954-5)
VISIT Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage with new Brune Park headteacher, Richard Kelly. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122954-5)
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THE MP for Gosport has met with the new headteacher of a secondary school to offer her support.

Caroline Dinenage met with Richard Kelly, who took over from Chris Anders as headteacher of Brune Park Community School at the start of the new term this week.

Mr Kelly used to be the headteacher at Quilley School of Engineering in Eastleigh.

Ms Dinenage said she hoped his experience would help young people with employment opportunities in the engineering industry in Gosport.

The MP said: ‘It’s clearly really important to build a good relationship with the key figures at all the local schools.

‘I was quite excited to meet Richard because he’s taking over this important new job. It’s a really important and exciting time for Brune Park. I’m interested to see what he’s got planned and what he has up his sleeve for the future.

‘He comes from a very successful headship just down the road so he knows the area and he’s got the experience.

‘I’m confident to find out that his previous school has a very strong engineering background.

‘That’s very important in a place like Gosport that has got a very strong background in engineering and similar based subjects.’

In May last year Brune Park was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

But this summer, inspectors rated the school ‘satisfactory’.

And last month the school celebrated improved GCSE exam results.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘The whole community is very much behind the idea of raising aspiration levels and pupils’ ambitions.

‘I think that’s really important.’

Mr Kelly added: ‘This is an ideal opportunity to see how we can start working together as part of a community.

‘It’s about everybody working for the best possible chances that the students can get.

‘Manufacturing and engineering nationally is still one of our biggest sectors.

‘The engineering background is about the “can do” culture.

‘We need to be raising the aspirations of students at Brune Park.’