Avon Valley School
|Headteacher||Mr Don O'Neill|
|DfE URN||125764 Tables|
The school opened on its current site on Newbold Road in 1956 as Newbold Grange High School. Until the early 1990s, under the headship of Mr Turbayne, the school was subject to much criticism, with a relatively bad reputation.
In September 1992, Mark Braine took over as headteacher, at which point the school was renamed The Avon Valley School. Since then, the school roll has grown in number. On 28 June 2004, the school was reduced to rubble by fire. From the following September, it moved into temporary class rooms.
In October 2004, Mark Braine took leave of absence, left the school's employment in April 2005, and on 27 September 2006, a disciplinary order was made against him by the General Teaching Council, taking effect on 11 October 2006.
In 2006, Don O'Neill, who had been deputy headteacher under Mark Braine and acting headteacher from October 2004, was appointed headteacher. In September 2007, the school reopened in brick buildings for the first time since the fire, this time, as The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College. Garry Bonser, Elaine Stock and Darren Walden are Assistant Headteachers at the school. David Pearson and Alison Davies are Deputy Headteachers. Prince Edward officially opened the school in October 2008 to a large amount of cheering from the students.
After two severe cases of arson attack, Avon Valley was newly built and refurbished in 2007. This meant that new resources were supplied, including drama rooms, an assembly hall and a gym. Also supplying students with new art materials.
- Transcript of BBC Radio 4 programme “File On 4” – Head Teachers (21-2-06) Accessed 20-12-06
- Mr Mark Braine: Disciplinary order made by the GTC (27-9-06) Accessed 20-12-06[dead link]
- Warwickshire Council Pledges support for Avon Valley School (30-6-04) Accessed 20-12-06
- BBC News Arson-hit school's head departs Accessed 20-12-06
- Arson in December 2006
- Repairs to school in March 2006
- Headmaster leaves in June 2005
- Stabbing in 2005
- £5m for school in February 2005
- Severe fire June 28 2004