Avon Valley School
|Headteacher||Mrs Alison Davies|
|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.
In 2014 Alison Davies was appointed Headteacher of the school. Currently David Pearson and Darren Walden are Deputy Headteachers and Garry Bonser, Elaine Stock, Nancy Carnell and Scilla Yates are Assistant Headteachers at the school.
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 February 2006) Accessed 20 December 2006
- Mr Mark Braine: Disciplinary order made by the GTC (27 September 2006) Accessed 20 December 2006[dead link]
- Warwickshire Council Pledges support for Avon Valley School (30 June 2004) Accessed 20 December 2006
- BBC News Arson-hit school's head departs Accessed 20 December 2006