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Expanded Role for Successful Principal at North Shore Academy

4th Sep 2014

Expanded Role for Successful Principal at North Shore Academy

Bill Jordon CBE, principal of North Shore Academy, Stockton, who has been responsible for the school?s outstanding transformation, is to take up an appointment as executive director when he will become responsible for a further Stockton academy.

With effect from September 1, he will assume responsibility for The Grangefield Academy in addition to North Shore Academy where he has been principal since 2012 and has led the school out of special measures. Both academies are sponsored by the Northern Education Trust (NET), a multi academy trust which was established two years ago and sponsors 18 primary and secondary academies throughout the North East and North West of England.

The Trust prides itself on its innovative approach to school improvement and has significantly raised standards in the schools it sponsors with two of its academies being graded outstanding on every measure in recent Ofsted inspections.

As part of its ongoing drive to raise educational standards and radically improve the life chances of the children it educates, the Trust has been discussing the potential benefits of closer collaboration and co-operation between Grangefield and North Shore for a number of months with the overriding objective of improving outcomes for students.

A number of organisational changes have resulted in addition to Mr Jordon?s expanded role. Two new heads of academy have been appointed to assist in the leadership and development of both academies who will report directly to Mr Jordon. Nikki Gibb, steps up to the role of head of academy at Grangefield where she was formerly vice principal and at North Shore Academy, Andrew Rodgers, formerly vice principal has been appointed.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Jordon said: ?The effect of these changes will be to maximise the expertise of teaching and support staff at both academies with a view to raising the achievement of all students yet at the same time, retaining the unique identities of both academies, which is a priority for us.

?We will also be developing a much closer working relationship with Stockton primary schools as well as Stockton Sixth Form College and Stockton Further Education College in the future, with the aim of providing a much wider choice of high quality learning and career pathways for the children of Stockton.

?I personally am looking forward to working very closely with Grangefield in addition to pursuing my current role in NorthShore. I wish to reassure parents and carers of NorthShore students that I will continue to ensure that all staff work tirelessly to obtain the best education for their children.

?This is an exciting time for us as we embark upon a new school management model which has been used successfully across the country in raising standards.?

Former Grangefield principal, Mrs Shelagh Potter, who has been closely involved in the discussions about reorganisation and supports the proposals that have resulted, has decided it is a convenient time to pursue new projects, given the rapid improvements that are taking place at the school. She left her role in July at the end of the summer term.

Commenting on Mrs Potter?s contribution at Grangefield, NET chief executive, Roger Alston, said:

?Shelagh Potter was employed to work at Grangefield when the school was judged to require special measures by Ofsted.

?Her contribution to the improvement of Grangefield has been exceptional during this period of gaining stability. She has worked to establish positive and effective leadership, now in place, and has improved all the areas identified by Ofsted. Additionally, the plans for the new school building are far advanced.

?The Trust thanks her for her work over the past year. We are grateful for the stable platform she has given the academy and the new aspirations she has given to both staff and pupils at Grangefield. We wish her well in the future.?

An invitation will be issued to parents and carers with children at both schools in the near future so that they can hear about the changes at first hand and in the case of those with children at Grangefield, meet Mr Jordon.