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Thorp Academy Moves to Secure its Future with Two Key Appointments

7th Apr 2015

Thorp Academy Moves to Secure its Future with Two Key Appointments

Northern Education Trust (NET), the not-for-profit multi-academy trust which sponsors Thorp Academy in Ryton, has announced the appointment of two executive principals to lead the next phases of the academy?s journey to outstanding status.

The appointments are made following the departure of the former principal and the new leadership of the academy will build on a number of successes which have included the school?s best ever set of results in this last year and the seeing through of a new, exciting re-build programme.

Both new appointees are very successful headteachers of more than one school and each has the experience of leading schools where rapid improvements in teaching, behaviour and achievement have been made.

Gavin Salvesen-Sawh will lead the academy through until August and Jonathan Morris will take over from Gavin from the start of the new academic year in September in 2015.

Eager to get started, Gavin has already begun and will work closely with Jonathan both to ensure continuity of planning for 2015-16 and that Thorp Academy continues to go from strength to strength.

They will both be supported by Karen Hailes, the current acting principal of the academy.

Commenting on his new appointment, Gavin Salvesen-Sawh, said: ?It is a real privilege to work with young people and to be the executive principal of Thorp Academy. It is down to all of us to make sure that Thorp Academy is the best at what it does.? No headteacher ever achieves success alone. The secret is in harnessing what we?re all able to contribute ? staff and students alike - supported by our parents, primary partners and the wider community. Excellent behaviour from our young people and fantastic teaching and learning will help to ensure that this is a successful and exciting journey and one that we will relish together. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next few weeks and working with Karen and Jonathan to make sure that Thorp goes on to even greater things.?

Ian Kershaw, NET?s chief executive, added: ?The future of Thorp Academy?s leadership is now secure. We have managed to recruit two headteachers of the highest calibre to lead the academy through the next stage of its development on its rapid journey towards outstanding status.?

Thorp Academy has recently undergone a major restructuring programme to put it on a firm financial footing. Proposals for the restructure, published in January, suggested that nearly 30 redundancies would be needed across teaching and support staff to balance the books. However, due to a combination of staff agreeing to work more flexibly, some staff volunteering to leave and others getting jobs elsewhere, the cost reductions realised mean that there will be less than one compulsory redundancy for teaching staff and no support staff redundancies.