Costessey’s Victory Academy appoints new principal from Gorleston school
09:36 29 April 2013
The newly-appointed principal of a Norwich academy has pledged to make her students’ “highest aspirations a reality” when she takes over in September.
Naomi Palmer will replace Rachel de Souza as leader at Ormiston Victory Academy, in Costessey, at the start of the next academic year.
The 38-year-old, who lives in Beccles and grew up in Great Yarmouth, said she was “thrilled and proud” to have been selected.
Mrs Palmer said she planned to build on the good work of her predecessor and existing staff, who took GCSE results at the school from just 38pc of students reaching the government’s gold standard in 2010 to 68pc last summer2012.
She said: “The focus will remain, quite rightly, on using the talented staff already in place to ensure an excellent education for our students.
“At Victory, my primary focus will be on ensuring an excellent all-round education which enables my students to make their highest aspirations a reality.
“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Victory students at interview and I’m so impressed with their professional conduct – and their obvious commitment to curriculum enrichment. They are capable of so much and I can’t wait to get to know them.”
Mrs Palmer, a former Lynn Grove High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College student, currently works as vice principal at Ormiston’s Venture Academy in Gorleston and Endeavour Academy in Ipswich.
Both schools’ principals – Nicole McCartney and Samantha Penn – have worked as deputy principals under outgoing Victory principal Mrs de Souza.
She said she knew the school, which she leaves to focus on her role as chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, would be in good hands.
Mrs de Souza said: “We wish her really well in her new role and we’re going to give her every support possible to give her a really good start in September.”
Mrs Palmer will take over Victory Academy, the former Costessey High School, just in time to see the opening of its new state-of-the-art building which is currently taking shape at its Middleton Crescent site.
Toby Salt, Ormiston Academies Trust’s chief executive, said: “Rachel deSouza is an outstanding leader and her influence has been transformational. We’re delighted that Naomi Palmer, one of our very strong senior vice principals from the Ormiston family of schools, is about to follow in Rachel’s footsteps.
“We are confident that Naomi will bring a new chapter to Ormiston Victory Academy as it prepares to move into its new building next year.”