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As some of you may be aware, over the past 10 months I have been working with one of our sponsors, The City of London Corporation, developing proposals for a number of new schools, one of which is in Hackney – The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, which is due to open in September 2017. Due to this expansion, I was recently appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Trust, which will run these schools and will also have some oversight of The City Academy, Hackney.
The academy’s Governing Body met last Wednesday evening and it was decided that, as soon as an Acting Principal can be appointed, I would leave my current post as Principal to take up this new role. This is likely to happen prior to the start of the new term and in September there will be an announcement of a new Acting Principal who will be one of the outstanding leaders from our current senior team. They will remain in post until a substantive appointment has been made, to ensure maximum continuity and lack of disruption to our students, as well as giving the new Acting Principal the chance to embrace his or her new role as early in the new term as possible.
From the perspective of students, parents/carers and staff, there will be no real change; it will be business as usual. The City Academy, Hackney and its success is based on the standards, systems and quality of teaching that has been developed and firmly embedded over the last seven years. The unique balance of high expectations and creative learning have led to the school being ranked in the top five schools in the country and the best in Hackney over the past two years for academic progress across all subjects. The leadership team at the school have a deep understanding of what makes the academy so special, with the majority having been with the school since we opened. They are therefore more than capable of leading the school and securing the improvements that will be needed to meet the challenges ahead.
I will also still be around regularly because, as Chief Executive of The City of London Academies Trust, I have oversight of the progress of all the City’s academies. In the next year this means I will be providing any support and advice that the Acting Principal requires, as well as looking for ways for the family of City schools can work together in the best interests of the students.
While the role of Chief Executive, which involves developing, opening and running a number of schools, will be both exciting and challenging, leaving the academy, a school that was an outline description on a piece of paper eight years ago, has been a very hard decision to make. The overwhelming success that this learning community has produced, the warm professionalism of staff, the daily contact and interaction with so many talented young people, and the support of so many committed parents, are going to be irreplaceable.
It has been a real privilege to have been the first Principal at The City Academy, Hackney. Now, having seen the first set of students through from recruitment to University, it is important that the City of London’s new academies take what has been achieved here and widen opportunities for even more young people in Hackney and beyond.
I hope you all have a restful summer holiday and I hope to see you at academy events some time next academic year.