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Future Executive Principal at Thorp Academy in Ryton

12th May 2016

Future Executive Principal at Thorp Academy in Ryton

The Trustees of the Northern Education Trust (NET) are pleased to announce that they have made a permanent appointment to the post of Executive Principal of Thorp Academy in Ryton, to succeed Jonathan Morris, who will be retiring in December 2016.

Andrew Jordon, currently the Executive Principal of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, a NET academy in Hartlepool, has been appointed as the Executive Principal of both Thorp and Dyke House academies as from January 2017. Andrew, who is a National Leader of Education and leads Dyke House as a Teaching School, will be working closely with Jonathan Morris over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition into his role.

He is an accomplished sportsman and at Dyke House, drawing on his passion for sport and exercise, has been responsible for establishing a thriving Elite Development Squad in partnership with the universities of Durham and Northumbria to enable talented young athletes to fulfil their potential. He has been tireless in his pursuit of raising standards, encouraging students to aspire to greater success at all times. He has also been leading the way in raising the aspirations of young people to aspire to the Ruskin Group and other universities offering the highest quality education in their specialist fields.

Mr Jordon will build on the work that Jonathan Morris has led, bringing expertise from his very successful leadership of Dyke House over the past four years.

In making this announcement the Chair of the Trust, Mr Les Walton CBE, said ?Parents and students can be assured that the future of Thorp Academy is secure with the appointment of Andrew Jordon who, as a National Leader of Education, will bring a strong sense of mission to further raising standards at the academy.?

Bill Purvis, the Chair of Governors, said ?We are delighted to have recruited such an outstanding leader as Andrew Jordon. He will bring valuable experience from one of the Trust?s and North East?s most successful academies.?

Andrew Jordon said ?I feel privileged to have been appointed by Trustees to lead Thorp Academy. It will be my intention to work closely with Jonathan Morris, the current Principal, over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition into the role as from January 2017. I will spend time getting to know staff and students as well as those leaders in the community who have a vested interest in the success of Thorp Academy.?