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Newark headteacher to expand role

Posted onPosted on 15th Dec
Newark headteacher to expand role

The executive head of a Newark school is to also oversee two newly-renamed schools in Grantham.

Anna Martin will remain executive head at Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, as well as taking over The West Grantham Church of England Secondary Academy and The West Grantham Church of England Primary Academy.

The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust (SNMAT) say that theyare the new names for Bluecoat Meres Academy and Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy following feedback from the school community.

In a letter to parents, the trust explained that at present the schools are on track to become part of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottinghamshire Multi Academy Trust.

The chief executive of SNMAT, Chris Moodie, said the board of trustees wanted the new names to be a source of pride for the community and also addressed the question over uniforms, saying: “I am aware that some parents expressed concern that a new name would result in an expensive change of uniform. Please be assured that this is not the case, and that there are no plans to make such changes. The signage around the academies will, of course, change in order to reflect the change of names.”

The letter outlines that the trust prioritises the ‘best interests of pupils, families and communities which we serve’, underpinned by core Christian values.

It added: “We were keen to be involved from the very start, and are very much looking forward to the path ahead. We want to ensure that both academies are the best that they can be, and will work tirelessly towards that goal.”

Anna added: “I am humbled and privileged to be given the opportunity to work with these schools in Grantham.

“I have visited a number of times already and have found them to be inclusive, family schools where everyone is valued and appreciated.

“I am really excited to be joining this family and to continue to support these schools and the local community in ensuring all young people are able to thrive and succeed. I very much look forward to meeting members of the local community as soon as we are able, as we work together on our journey to excellence.”