Hewett School appoints new headteacher from nearby Norwich high school

Tom Leverage, who has been appointed the new head of the Hewett School. Photo: Bill Smith

Tom Leverage, who has been appointed the new head of the Hewett School. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

A troubled Norwich high school which is at the centre of a controversy over becoming an academy has appointed a new permanent headteacher.

The Hewett School has been hit by a series of problems over the past two years, culminating it being put into special measures in November.

Tom Leverage, currently deputy headteacher at nearby Notre Dame High School, will take over from current interim head Phil Hearne, following a two-day appointment process last week.

Mr Leverage was one of three people interviewed, and has previously worked at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy.

Paul Mitchell, chairman of the interim executive board (IEB) which the government appointed to replace the Hewett's governors in March, said: 'He has a wide range of experience across mainstream and special schools, which is obviously invaluable.

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'He has got a lot of knowledge working locally. He has an insight into the Hewett School and its history, and he really impressed us with his energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the school. He seemed to us to be absolutely the right candidate.'

Mr Mitchell added he was in talks with Notre Dame about Mr Leverage being released from his current job early, so he could overlap with Mr Hearne.

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A consultation about the Hewett being taken over by the Inspiration Trust chain of academy schools is due to start next month.

Mr Mitchell said the decision to appoint Mr Leverage was made solely by the IEB, although it had asked the Inspiration Trust to brief candidates on what it was like working for it, in case it did take over.

In a statement, Notre Dame High School said it looked forward 'to continuing to work successfully with the Hewett and its new headteacher in the years to come'.

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