Model change for academy

Lead­er­ship struc­ture to be al­tered af­ter de­par­ture of head teacher

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YIEWSLEY academy school has de­ployed a new ‘lead­er­ship model’ af­ter the sud­den de­par­ture of their head teacher, less than a year af­ter his ap­point­ment.

Par­ents of pupils at­tend­ing Stock­ley Academy de­manded an­swers af­ter some were in­formed by their chil­dren that prin­ci­pal Leo Gil­bert had left, rather than be­ing of­fered an ex­pla­na­tion by the school’s chair of gover­nors.

The academy school has now re­vealed, af­ter ‘care­fully con­sid­er­ing strate­gic ad­vice’, the gov­ern­ing body has adopted a new lead­er­ship model that has a track record of suc­cess in many sim­i­lar bod­ies.

It sees an ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal ap­point­ment whose role will be to en­sure the cor­rect strate­gic di­rec­tion for Stock­ley Academy and build ca­pac­ity, as well as to sup­port and coach a new prin­ci­pal.

Robert Dore has taken up the role of ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal and will also be the in­terim prin­ci­pal of Stock­ley Academy un­til the new ap­point­ment.

As well as in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity in the academy’s se­nior lead­er­ship team, he will be look­ing at some changes to the cur­ricu­lum of­fer which more closely match the needs of the pupils.

A spokesper­son for Stock­ley Academy said: “Mr Dore has an ex­cel­lent record of steer­ing schools out of spe­cial mea­sures, rais­ing ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment and work­ing with all stake­hold­ers, lo­cal em­ploy­ers and the wider com­mu­nity to seek out op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.

“Mr Dore will be avail­able to stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents as ex­pected of any academy leader, but he has a spe­cial brief to de­velop stronger com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­gage­ment with all par­ents and car­ers.”

The school will soon start the process of ap­point­ing a new prin­ci­pal.

The gov­ern­ing body be­lieves that this will en­hance the abil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of the academy to meet stu­dents’ needs and to en­sure the progress to which it is com­mit­ted.

Stock­ley Academy thanked the pre­vi­ous prin­ci­pal Leo Gil­bert who, they say, has left to pur­sue new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mr Gil­bert was ap­pointed as head teacher just be­fore an Of­sted in­spec­tion, in June 2015, put the school into spe­cial mea­sures af­ter a damn­ing ‘in­ad­e­quate’ re­port.

The then newly-ap­pointed head was mo­ti­vated to make changes and pre­vi­ously told the Gazette he was con­fi­dent he could get the academy off spe­cial mea­sures af­ter a year, and hoped for an out­stand­ing rat­ing in three or four years.

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