Well done to Nancy Self, year 2, Grace Darling Campus, whose Christmas card design was chosen in a competition run by our local MP, Ian Lavery. Nancy’s design was printed and used by Mr Lavery for all his Christmas cards this year.
CEO appointment at Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust
Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Hardie as its new Chief Executive Officer from April 22nd.
Alan, a National Leader of Education, has been acting as part-time interim CEO since February 2018, overseeing the conversion from an all-through school to three separate schools within the Multi-Academy Trust and supporting school improvement.
Commenting on his appointment, Alan said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be CEO on a full-time basis, as I am confident that the Trust has a very bright future. We have talented, hard-working staff and students who deserve the opportunity to be successful. I hope that the changes we’ve made since February are evidence that we are making significant improvements in response to the 2017 OFSTED report and I intend to accelerate the pace of improvement when I’m in the role full-time.
“My commitment to making a difference means that I’m leaving an outstanding school where I’ve spent the last 13 years in order to move to NCEA. The reason is that I believe we can make a huge difference to the life chances of our students and can be a beacon of success for the local community. We can achieve this through hard work, high quality teaching and learning, creating opportunities for our students and raising aspirations. I believe wholeheartedly in the transformational power of education and will ensure that we have high expectations for all of our students”
John Brearley, Chair of Governors, said, speaking on behalf of the full governing body: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Alan onboard as CEO of the Trust. We have got to know Alan well over the ten months he has been our interim CEO. His commitment to improving the life chances of the pupils in our communities is absolute and matches our firm resolve to continue to make the improvements over the coming months and years that will deliver that. His experience and background is directly relevant to the challenges we face and we know that together we can face the future with real confidence.”
The Christmas edition of LIGHThouse, the Trust’s monthly newsletter, is now available on-line. [Download here]
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We interview European Championships Gold Medalist Boxer Alex Brown on her achievements in boxing so far and how her midset fits with the DNA philosophy of Duke’s Secondary School.
You’ll find our response to the communications survey in our monthly newsletter LIGHThouse
Sonni names the newsletter ‘LIGHThouse’
Sonni received an Amazon voucher on Thursday as his prize for winning the competition to name the Trust newsletter. The winning name was chosen by Mr Hardie, who visited Sonni at his primary campus, Thomas Bewick. Sonni’s winning entry of ‘LIGHThouse’ shone out. Well done, Sonni!
The newsletter is published monthly on our website.
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