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King’s Sutton Primary Academy on the up and up with appointment of new head

May 15th, 2020

King’s Sutton Primary Academy is bouncing back from its recent troubles with an extremely encouraging recent report from Ofsted* and a newly appointed headteacher, Nicola Kent (pictured here). Once life returns to some semblance of normality, the school (which has vacancies at all levels) will be organising open days for parents and their children. 

Following last year’s very grim Ofsted inspection, which resulted in the disbandment of the governing body and the school’s being placed in special measures, Prime7 Multi Academy Trust appointed an interim CEO, Rachel Gallyot, who also worked as interim headteacher for three days per week. In addition, a member of staff, Mrs Mattachine-Lee, was appointed as acting head of school and a new governing body – the “Rapid Improvement Group”, chaired by Dr Fiona Hammans – was put in place. (Dr Hammans stepped down when the local governing body was formed in early March this year and was replaced as chair by Katharine Mansel-Pleydell.)

Ms Gallyot comments: 

“We are delighted as a trust to have received such a positive report from the HMI visit in March of this year which we are now able to share publicly. The visit recognised the hard work that has been done by the school community and acknowledged that there was a clear and systematic plan in place to improve the school further.

“We are now delighted that the school has appointed a new headteacher to continue the school’s journey back to ‘Good’. Nicola Kent joins the school as an experienced leader and is ready to continue the rapid journey of school improvement.”

New headteacher Ms Kent adds:

“This is such a positive report that demonstrates the hard work and commitment that is taking place at the school. It is such a special school community and I am excited about leading the school on the next stage of its journey.” 

Click here to view, download or print the Ofsted report from March this year. 

Click here to contact school bursar Nikki Ward by email for more information.

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