A new head teacher is set to take the helm of a failing Birmingham school in a bid to steer it out of troubled waters.
Parents, teachers and pupils were left reeling when Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre was placed in special measures 18 months ago after Ofsted inspectors deemed it to be "inadequate".
The secondary school, previously rated as "good", was slated in September 2013 by Ofsted for its leadership, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of its more than 1,100 children.
It converted to an academy in November last year, and a major structural shake-up has seen four members of staff leave its leadership team, including former head teacher Barbara Easton.
Now Nicola Gould, currently deputy head, will take over from acting head teacher Chris Stevens this month – and she has revealed the future looks bright for the academy.
Mrs Gould, who has worked at the school for more than two decades, said: "I love this school. If you cut me in half you would find it running through my very core.
"I think the school had previously lost its way in terms of leadership but we are back on track and the school has never been in better hands. The kids and the staff are brilliant and they are all on board, pushing to get our best ever academic results. And we are on track to achieve them this summer.
"I believe in hard work and high standards and the pace of change has been rapid – but we are going back to traditional values and we all feel the school is something to be proud of."
The school has become part of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, which also runs Fairfax School in Sutton Coldfield.
"We felt like Fairfax was the best match for us as the kids are similar both in terms of ability and attitude," added Mrs Gould.
"The help we have had from the Trust has been invaluable."
And in the last four months there have been big changes at the school, which has been rebranded with a new emblem, signs and uniform. A strict uniform code is now also in place, while students are also being encouraged to show teachers, and each other, respect.
Meanwhile, it has also formed links with Birmingham City University to run a Saturday school to drive up standards in maths.
Incentive schemes have also been launched to award pupils' hard work, including half-termly trips for a chosen few to dine at Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons, where they also get to meet top chefs and look around the kitchen.
And this summer the entire school will be given a lick of paint as its makeover continues.
"It's a real privilege to be part of the school's evolution," added Mrs Gould. "I'm confident we will secure a 'good' rating when Ofsted next inspects us."