Academy trust based at Heartsease Primary lays out its expansion plans

Heartsease Primary Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Heartsease Primary Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A primary school that leads an embryonic multi-academy trust is seeking a new head of school so its current headteacher can concentrate on expanding the group.

Heartsease Primary Academy became an academy in April 2013, and leads the Heart Education Trust, which will sponsor its first academy, Lingwood Primary, next month.

Now, Heartsease Primary is advertising for a new head of school who would run it day-to-day, freeing up headteacher Christina Kenna to focus on her role of chief executive of the trust.

Mrs Kenna said: 'Until now we have had one school, therefore I have been just about able to lead the school and develop the trust, but we are now at a point where the trust is going to require development, with the way political developments went.

'The Department for Education has made it clear that there are other schools in the pipeline that we will be considered for.

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'We are at the point where I need to step back as headteacher here. I will step into a more executive head role, so I can continue to develop the trust.'

The government's Education and Adoption Bill, currently passing through Parliament, would require any school judged 'inadequate' by Ofsted to be taken over by an academy sponsor, and the creation of a new category of 'coasting' schools is also expected to lead to many more schools converting.

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Mrs Kenna said the trust aims to have 10 schools, and added that she would love it if a secondary school joined, and a school judged 'good' or better by Ofsted, so it could help other schools.

She said Heart was looking at schools within a 20 mile area around the school, although it could take on some schools in Suffolk.

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