Headteacher wants to build on tradition

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The new headteacher at a local secondary school wants to emphasise the strong and traditional foundations of her school.

Julie Goswell has been the headteacher at Southfield School for Girls since the start of the academic year. She was previously deputy head at the Lewis Road school, a position she had held since 2000.

Mrs Goswell said she wanted to become headteacher at Southfield because of the good reputation it has already built.

She said: “Southfield is very much a 21st century school with a modern curriculum which prepares students well for the future.

“Yet it is built on strong foundations that encompass traditional values.”

Mrs Goswell, who taught at the former Queen Elizabeth School in Corby for 21 years, said one of her top priorities for the future of Southfield was further development.

It has been a sports and science academy for several years.

In 2008 a £1.5m sports centre which houses a football academy was opened at the school, which now accepts boys into sixth form.

Mrs Goswell added: “My longer term vision is the expansion of our school to provide a new sixth form centre to house our growing and successful mixed sixth form.

“We have a design and we 
are now at the planning stage.”

Southfield works with local primary schools, putting on events for gifted students of all ages in the Kettering area, and Mrs Goswell said she was keen to emphasise her focus on the academic performance of the school, saying she wants “to ensure that our excellent results continue”.

She added: “I want to ensure that the considerable investment in IT equipment has a positive impact on teaching and learning.”