A PERMANENT headteacher has been appointed to lead Gloucester Academy.
Interim associate head of the academy Showk Badat has taken on the top job with immediate effect.
Mr Badat joined the secondary school in the city’s Cotteswold Road at the beginning of term.
Gloucester Academy was judged by Ofsted to have serious weaknesses in October 2012 and when an inspector visited again last term she said it was not making fast enough or good enough progress.
But Mr Badat said that in the short time he’d been at the academy he’d met many wonderful young people.
“I want there to be more reasons to be proud to be a student, teacher, or parent” of Gloucester Academy, he said.
“have no doubt that the academy can become outstanding,” Mr Badat said.
Previously, when he was head at Essa Academy in Bolton, Mr Badat made it the first school in the country to issue every pupil with an Ipad.
Gloucester Academy’s governors recently agreed in principle that they’d join the Prospects Academies Trust, a private company whose vision is to inspire success and deliver excellence, and which supported Mr Badat’s appointment.