A NEW head teacher has been appointed at a school branded Inadequate by Ofsted inspectors.

Jason Trevarthen will take the reins at The Grange School in Christchurch in September.

And he said he feels "immensely privileged" to have been appointed to the school, which is part of the Twynham Learning Trust.

Mr Trevarthen has been a qualified teacher for more than 23 years and has dedicated his career to improving the life chances of young people. He trained at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, where he graduated with a B.Ed Honours degree specialising in Physical Education and ICT.

Sport will always play an important role in his life as he believes it encourages the development of teamwork, leadership and the highest expectations and standards.

His most recent appointment has been as deputy head at the Paignton Community and Sports Academy.

He said: "My aim is to lead a bright and successful future for all the young people and staff in my care."

The Redvers Road school was graded Inadequate in March last year but after a recent monitoring visit inspectors concluded effective action is being taken to improve the school.

Inspectors added: "The trust board now has a clearer understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. It is able to carry out its responsibilities more effectively."

Trust CEO Gareth Morris said: "As a Trust we are pleased with the rapid progress the school has made on its improvement journey and we are particularly excited with the appointment of Mr Trevarthen, who has a compelling vision for The Grange School and its students.

"We are investing significantly in the facilities and resources, building on the excellent infrastructure that we already have and further developing the curriculum and staffing to meet the high demands that we have at Twynham Learning.

"The best things should be shared, we are proud of our community school and we would urge anyone who may have a received a school offer they are unhappy with to consider The Grange School."