August 2 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The new head teacher at Great Yarmouth’s first primary academy has pledged to build on its success as he prepares to take the reins.
Craig Avieson has been appointed the new principal of Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, and will be taking over the role held by Bill Holledge from September 1.
Mr Holledge, who saw the school through its transition to academy and helped bring in the radical 45-hour week timetable, is leaving the Inspiration Trust - the group which now runs seven Norfolk schools - to move on to another senior position.
And Dr Avieson has pledged to continue the work he, staff and pupils started and make even more improvements at the Dickens Avenue school, which was graded ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year.
Dr Avieson, a lecturer at the UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Learning is the most important thing in schools and we are going to focus on this and build on the improvements that have already happened in the school, taking them forward and refining them even further.
“We want to build on all the great work staff and children and parents have already done.”
Having grown up and gone to school in Blackpool, Dr Avieson said he was “passionate” about working in a seaside resort and he had been particularly attracted to Yarmouth, having moved to Norfolk in 2005.
And as part of the Future Leaders Trust - a charitable group dedicated to closing the attainment gap in deprived communities by developing a network of “exceptional” school leaders - he is determined to give all pupils the best start in life.
Dr Avieson, who has worked in schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and London, added: “Every child deserves and has the right to pursue any pathway in the career that they want. And all children at 18 should be able to chose to go to any of the best British universities, irrespective of family environment and status.
“And primary school really lays all the foundations for those choices.”
Dr Avieson has already spent some time in the school, meeting pupils and parents, and said he was looking forward to working with them and the rest of the community.
He added: “I have seen such amazing things and the school’s improved so much over the last few years, it’s great to come to a school where things are constantly improving.”