The principal of King’s Lynn Academy will be taking one of the town’s biggest schools under his wing when it embarks on a new era later this year.
Craig Morrison will lead both the King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) and the King Edward VII School (KES) from the start of the new term in September, when KES will also convert to academy status.
The secondary school will be joining KLA in an Academy Trust sponsored by Lynn’s College of West Anglia (CWA).
The news follows the decision of KES headteacher Mike Douglass and deputy head Andy Osborne to step down from their roles at the end of the academic year in July.
Chief executive of the CWA Academy Trust, David Pomfret, announced the appointment to KES staff this week, when he said Mr Morrison’s role would be to focus on both academies achieving a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating as soon as possible.
He said: “Craig Morrison is bringing about significant, positive change at the KLA and also has senior management experience across two schools from a previous role in Cambridgeshire. The core aim of the CWA Academy Trust is to raise student achievement in all our academies and this appointment offers a unique opportunity to focus more strategically on driving up performance in both academies.
“We are committed to each academy retaining its own unique identity, which will ensure local families continue to have a distinct choice. However, we will undoubtedly be able to look at effective partnership working on some matters such as staff development and shared expertise.”
Mr Pomfret also announced that Mark Twigge, current assistant head for teaching and learning at KES, would be supporting Mr Morrison at the new academy by taking on the role of acting vice-principal.
Achievement director for the CWA Academy Trust, Alan Fletcher, will also be working closely with KLA vice-principal Terri Broughton to ensure a clear focus on each individual academy remains.
Craig Morrison, who has been principal of KLA since 2011, said he was “delighted and excited” by the new challenge.
He said: “The staff and students at KLA are great; we are making excellent progress and I have no doubt this will continue to be the case. KES has a long and proud tradition in Lynn and I am looking forward to working with the staff, students and parents to ensure student achievement and satisfaction levels improve rapidly.”
As reported in last week’s Lynn News, Mr Douglass, who led KES for 12 years, said the school’s move to an academy represented an ideal time for him to retire and for a new leader to take the school on its next phase of development.
Mr Osborne will be stepping down from his role as deputy headteacher of KES after 20 years, but will be staying on at the school on a part-time basis to teach maths.
He said: “Both of my children came through the school and it is a place for which I have a great affection both as a member of staff and as a parent. KES is a school in which I have been very proud to work.
“I am looking forward to the change of role and to making my contribution to the future success of the school as it embarks on this next phase of its development as an academy.”