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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Academy’s former head praises school

MAJOR changes are taking place with the leadership of The Whitehaven Academy.

By Sarah Robinson

The Bright Tribe Trust, which runs the school, has confirmed that Lynette Norris will step down from her position as principal, by mutual consent, to pursue other interests.

And Jacki Smith, who was previously deputy head, will remain in her new role as acting principal for a minimum of 12 months.

Mrs Norris was headteacher at Whitehaven School from September 2010 and latterly principal of The Whitehaven Academy, following its transformation into a Bright Tribe academy in January.

In a parting message she said: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Whitehaven School and latterly at the academy.

“The students have been an inspiration to me and made me smile every day, I will miss you all and wish you well in your studies: keep working hard, you know it’s worth it.

“The staff have been supportive and understanding, dedicated and committed; they are a credit to their profession and Whitehaven are lucky to have them. I hope you will stay in touch, it has been a great journey together.”

Prof David Hopkins, Bright Tribe’s director of education, said: “Bright Tribe Trust and all the staff at the school are committed to ensuring this change does not cause disruption for students and we are confident that the new leadership structure will deliver the very best education for the students at the academy.

“We would like to express our thanks to Lynette for all her hard work during her time at the academy, and we wish her well for the future.”

Following the announcement of Ms Smith’s role, she said: “Firstly, I would like to offer my own thanks to Lynette, who worked tirelessly to bring about improvement within the academy.

“We are in a very exciting phase of development at the academy and the next 12 months will see many enhancements to the provision here and bring about many opportunities.

“I count myself privileged to be given the opportunity to be the acting principal in the academy and to serve the community of Whitehaven, Whitehaven was the first school that I taught in as an NQT fourteen years ago.

“The students, staff and wider community are what makes the academy a fantastic place to be and it is with a great sense of humility and pride in what we can achieve together, that I take up this role.”

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I hope one of the 1st things Ms Smith target's is bullying, as it's rife at the school and not enough is done about it. The staff know who the bully's are and who they tend to bully but I don't think hard enough measure are taken to stop this. This is fact based as my son is 1 of the many that gets bullied there. Only last week he was pushed around and locked in the toilets by 3 other pupil's. This is known as a teaching assistant saw it and let my son out of the toilets. This should be a 1st priority as children that are happy at school will learn more.

Posted by Paula Atkinson on 8 May 2014 at 12:39

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