King’s Lynn Academy head leaves role following ‘inadequate’ inspection rating

Tour of the new 10 million plus facility at the King's Lynn Academy with the Principal Craig Morrison.
Tour of the new 10 million plus facility at the King's Lynn Academy with the Principal Craig Morrison.
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The head of a Lynn secondary school has left his post, just four weeks after it was deemed inadequate by inspectors.

A new acting principal has been appointed to lead the King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) in place of Craig Morrison, who will remain in charge of the King Edward VII Academy (KES).

Mr Morrison had led both schools since 2014 under the title of executive principal.

But their sponsors, the CWA Academy Trust, have now removed the role in a move they say will provided “more focused” leadership for each school.

Alan Fletcher, the trust’s director of achievement, has been appointed as KLA’s acting principal until a permanent appointment can be made.

Trust chief executive Dr Duncan Ramsey said: “The new leadership arrangements are designed to increase the leadership capacity at KLA as a key element in the trust’s plan to deliver the rapid improvement required, as identified in the recent Ofsted report, as well as providing KES with the focused leadership to continue its journey towards achieving an outstanding Ofsted grading.”

The decision, which was confirmed in a statement from the trust this afternoon, came just four weeks after a new Ofsted report rated KLA as inadequate.

Despite the backing of local politicians, the inspectors were particularly critical of the school’s management and leadership.

They said that, following its previous inspection of KLA in 2014, the trust had not adequately addressed the reduction in leadership capacity created when Mr Morrison was appointed to lead both KLA and KES.

It said that, although work to address the issue had started, new procedures were not sufficiently well established to ensure outcomes for students improved.

At the time, Mr Morrison said he accepted the criticisms, but insisted that the changes they had made were starting to have a positive impact.