Letter from CEO – Simon London

Letter from CEO – Simon London

Happy New Year.

As you are no doubt already aware, Bower Park Academy joined the Empower Learning Academy Trust from September 2016 in order to support its journey of school improvement.

Since joining the Trust, the substantive Headteacher (Mrs Morrison) has been absent from the Academy and officially left on 31st December 2016.

Whilst she was absent, the Trust asked Mr Dixon to serve as Interim Headteacher and we are most grateful for the work he has done in starting to raise standards alongside the Senior Leadership Team since September.

The Trust is now in a position to make a longer term appointment to the post of Headteacher so that the work started can be taken forward on a more stable footing.

Consequently, from January 16th, Mr Stuart McLaughlin, currently Principal at the Brittons Academy, will take over the headship of Bower Park Academy. Mr McLaughlin has been a Principal for over 13 years in three different schools and has a proven track record of school improvement in each one.

Much of the work undertaken at Bower Park since ELAT’s involvement, and particularly the policies, procedures, vision and values have been aligned with the Empower Learning Academy Trust. Mr McLaughlin, as a current Principal of another academy within the Trust, is therefore not only familiar with the Trust’s vision and ambition, but has been instrumental in shaping and implementing many Trust school improvement initiatives within The Brittons Academy. We are confident he will hit the ground running and deliver the rapid improvement the pupils at Bower Park Academy deserve.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Dixon for leading the Academy effectively during this transition period and we are sure you will join us in wishing him well, as well as in welcoming Mr McLaughlin into the Bower Park family.

Once in post, we know Mr McLaughlin will be keen to meet with parents and engage with you collectively and individually so please watch this space for more information coming soon.