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Principal of Charles Read Academy steps down to take up teaching post

Pupils protest at Charles Read Academy at the proposed closure of the school. Photo: 050A ENGEMN00120130702163424

Pupils protest at Charles Read Academy at the proposed closure of the school. Photo: 050A ENGEMN00120130702163424

Charles Read Academy Principal Ali Story has been replaced and will take up a full-time teaching post.

The David Ross Education Trust which took over the running of the school last year has reviewed the role of Principal which it wants to evolve into a non-teaching post in a bid to improve achievement in all subjects.

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We have been conducting an ongoing review into how the academy’s leadership structure needs to evolve to meet the demands of growing student numbers and increased academic expectations.

“The Trust has already invested heavily by bringing in two excellent Vice Principals since last September. In Alan Hancock, who was appointed Chair of Governors late last year, we have appointed a leader who has a proven track record of improving the outcomes of schools facing challenges.

“Those who have been taught by or know Ali Story will be fully aware of her passion for science. Her enthusiasm for the subject is infectious, instilling a love of science in young people is what inspired her to become a teacher.

“Ali has considered what the needs of the academy are going forward. As a result, it has been decided that she will refocus her efforts on the development of teaching and learning with science.”

Robert Sloan has become Acting Principal with immediate effect. Mr Sloan has been at Charles Read since it joined the Trust last September.

Ms Marshall said: “I have every confidence that this success will continue under his leadership. I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say that I would like to express my personal thanks to Ali. She has been a fantastic servant to Charles Read Academy over what has been a very turbulent few years. The fact the there is still a school in Corby Glen is, in part, testament to her hard work and dedication.

“This is an exciting time for everyone associated with Charles Read, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings.”

 

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