The new headteacher of Trevelyan Middle School has laid down a marker saying she wants the academy to ‘flourish’.

Former deputy head Nicola Chandler was announced as the new head of the Wood Close school on Wednesday.

Former head, Phil Clarke, stepped down in February.

The recruitment process was extensive, said the school, featuring interview panels, a presentation, and in-tray exercise, a student panel, a lesson, an observation and feedback session before a final interview with a panel of school governors.

Mrs Chandler said: “My priority as head of school is to ensure Trevelyan Middle School continues to aim to become an outstanding school where every child can achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical and moral development.”

In the last Ofsted inspection in August 2015 the school was rated as “requires improvement”.

However, Tevelyan Middle School has since become an academy, meaning that this rating no longer applies.

Mrs Chandler told the Observer that she wished to “ensure the school continues to flourish, despite the many challenges ahead, not least the government’s endless changes to what is expected of schools”.

“My main aim will be to focus on enabling all children to learn and make progress, experiencing the highest quality teaching and learning within a happy, safe and secure environment.

“Our values (ENRICH) are paramount to my vision: Encouraging, Nurturing, Respect, Inspiring, Creative and Happy - the ingredients of our school.”

In a statement, the school said: “We firmly believe that we have found in Mrs Chandler, the best person to lead the school, with energy, passion and determination.

“We are delighted that she has accepted the post and look forward to working with her.”