All-through Norfolk academy starts year with two new principals

Stephen Plume and Emma Owner, the two new principals at Iceni Academy. Picture: Iceni Academy

Stephen Plume and Emma Owner, the two new principals at Iceni Academy. Picture: Iceni Academy - Credit: Archant

An all-through academy with two sites in Norfolk has started the new year with two new principals at its helm.

Emma Owner and Stephen Plume, the new principals at Iceni Academy. Picture: Iceni Academy

Emma Owner and Stephen Plume, the new principals at Iceni Academy. Picture: Iceni Academy - Credit: Archant

Iceni Academy, which has sites in both Methwold and Hockwold, has appointed Emma Owner as principal at its primary site and Stephen Plume at its secondary.

Both are familiar with the school - Mrs Owner was formerly head of school at Hockwold and Mr Plume was senior vice principal at Methwold.

The school was rated good by Ofsted last July, and the principals said their appointments would help Iceni's journey to improve further.

Mrs Owner said: 'We were really pleased with our recent Ofsted report. However, I think the best is yet to come and this small change in leadership and increased autonomy, will make all the difference.'


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While there is just shy of eight miles between the sites, staff in similar subject areas work closely and primary students often attend events at the secondary.

Mrs Owner said: 'We have some excellent staff on both sites. In order for our students to get the best possible deal we are able to tap in to lots of expertise.'

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Mr Plume said the community was 'really important' to the school, and that he wanted to work 'hand in hand' with those who can help its young people progress.

'I am very proud of our students who have achieved the best results in west Norfolk for the past three years,' he said. 'But our students are about so much more than grades, we have such a wide range of talents and interests from sport to music. Our community should be proud of these young people.'

The school, sponsored by the Academy Transformation Trust, was created through the merger of Hockwold Primary and Methwold High in 2011. It converted to academy status and was renamed in 2013.

Last July's good Ofsted report was the best in the school's history, and it also marked its best exam results to date this summer.

In November, it was announced that the school's former executive principal Gee Cook had taken on a new role as the executive principal of Norfolk Academies, a trust run by the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group.

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