New chef Iain Rudgyard will ‘spearhead continuous improvements’

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

A new permanent headteacher has been appointed at Dymchurch Primary School in Romney Marsh.

Iain Rudgyard will take on the role from September, building on improvements initiated by Our Community Multi-Academy Trust (OCMAT), which has run the school since June 2021.

Although the school maintained its ‘Improvement Needs’ rating after its Ofsted visit last April, the recently released report states that ‘many improvements have been made this school year’.

Behavior and attitudes were rated as good, and the new multi-academy trust is committed to ensuring that the school is rated good in all areas by the time of the next inspection.

New head teacher Iain Rudgyard

The report acknowledges Ofsted’s previous inspection in June 2018, but highlights that OCMAT quickly identified serious concerns about the school and addressed issues of poor leadership and weak governance.

He concluded that “despite the challenges the school has faced over time, there is now a real sense of optimism about its future”.


The trust’s chief executive, David Whitehead, believes the school is at a turning point.

He said: “Mr. Rudgyard will spearhead continued improvements, expanding the program and overcoming understandable parental concerns about the instability of recent years.

“The leaders and governors of the Trust are fully confident that Mr Rudgyard is the ideal person to lead Dymchurch Primary School on its journey of improvement.”