New Charter Academy Principal resigns
Monday 20th March 2017 @ 15:10 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News

It has been announced that New Charter Academy Principal David Shaw will leave his post at the end of this month.

In a letter on the school’s website, the CEO of Great Academies Education Trust, Mrs Allison Crompton CBE, explained she accepted the resignation of Mr Shaw prior to the February half-term holiday.

Mr Shaw, who is currently on paternity leave, said: “After careful consideration I have decided to move on to explore new professional opportunities and challenges. I would like to wish the students, staff and parents all the best for the future.”

Mr Shaw was appointed in April 2015 taking over from former principal Stephen Ball.

Having spent most of his teaching career in senior leadership positions at schools in the North West and West Midlands, prior to taking the helm at New Charter Academy, he was charged with the task of leading a school which had been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted inspectors following an inspection in February 2015.

Whilst the report raised a number of key areas to improve they were praised by Ofsted for ‘some good teaching and achievement, for example in English’.

However he faced a number of challenges and late in 2016 staff began a series of strikes citing concerns over their workload. These went on in to the new year before unions finally accepted new proposals.

Ofsted inspectors have recently visited the school with the result expected shortly.

The school will be led by Mrs J Langley, an experienced academy principal, who will start immediately after the Easter holidays, while Mrs Crompton will also continue to support the leadership of the school.

The search for a new Principal will start immediately as they look to recruit a a permanent replacement for September 2017.