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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.”
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Students at JBVI impressed potential employers from the region’s leading businesses when their interview skills were put to the test in a practice session.
Organised by John Riddell and Michelle Brannen from Business in the Community, a total 17 representatives from a wide-range of organisations took part.
Mr Fox, the Academy’s careers and employability manager, said: “A number of employers spoke to me personally about how confident, well-presented and articulate our students were.
“One said the performances she witnessed were better than people she had interviewed for actual jobs in her company and another remarked on how well students could adapt between formal and informal conversation.
“The chance to be interviewed by employers is a valuable experience in preparing our young people for the world of work and we would like to thank all involved.
“Students said that the three interviews gave them an opportunity to improve as they went along and that they felt proud of their final performance.”
Jackie Gardner, corporate relations director at Faulknerbrowns architects:
“It was a privilege to have been involved in the recent mock interview sessions with the Sixth Form pupils at NCEA.
“Having undertaken initiatives like this at other schools, it was truly rewarding to experience first-hand the calibre of your students. All of those whom I interviewed were bright, informed and hugely positive about their futures which gave me great confidence in the support and advice which your pupils are receiving.
“I look forward to being invited to participate again.”