THE new principal of Littlemore’s John Henry Newman Academy says she is determined the school will be classed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Jackie Ranger, the school’s current vice-principal, is taking the reigns from Lisa Biggin, who stepped down from her principal role on Friday after leading the school for two years.

Staff and pupils bid farewell to Ms Biggin, who lead the school out of special measures, with a celebration at the end of term. Now Mrs Ranger hopes to build on her predecessor’s legacy.

She told the Oxford Mail: “I am incredibly lucky to be working with such a dedicated team of professionals, who work tirelessly to ensure every child has the best possible education.

“Every parent, child, governor, and academy trust member makes an unequivocal commitment to excellence when they join the academy as we believe in the ability of education to raise the aspirations and transform the lives of every child within in our care.”

Mrs Ranger has worked in education for more than 25 years, initially starting out as a volunteer in her children’s school in Birmingham. She was encouraged to take on the roles of teaching assistant, clerical assistant and out of school care co-ordinator.

She started her teacher training in 1991.

Mrs Ranger added: “I am really, really thrilled and happy to be part of the local community. Though I know very little about Littlemore I really want to become part of the community and find out more.

“We are keen to develop closer links and build a bank of parent volunteers who will add invaluable skills and knowledge to the school.

“One of the things I am particularly passionate about is making sure our children have a voice and are active, informed citizens within their community.”

The school was judged satisfactory in its last full Ofsted inspection in February 2012.