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Academy change

TWO NEW leaders have been chosen to lead hundreds of pupils in Westergate.


Pat Walters and Alan Westerman will jointly take control of Ormiston Six Villages Academy this September to build on the progress made by the current principal, Umbar Sharif.


Ms Sharif is leaving at the end of this term next month to take up another role after she has overseen significant improvements at the academy.


Her relentless focus on academic excellence has seen the 500-strong academy move up to a Ofsted ‘good’ rating last September.


Mrs Walters and Mr Westerman will share the principal role before Alan takes sole charge this December.


They have been working with Ms Sharif to ensure a seamless transition.


Both have served as principals at other strong academies, such as George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, in the trust.


Mrs Walters said: “I have spent time at Six Villages as education advisor for Ormiston Academies Trust and I am honoured to be joining the team.


“I look forward to working with the staff, students, interim executive board and the wider school community, as well as the team at the trust to ensure that the academy goes from strength to strength.”


Mr Westerman said he was committed to helping Six Villages to become an exceptional academy.


“I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and to be joining an academy that is so clearly determined to continue to build on its current success,” he said.


The trust launched a national recruitment process this week and is looking to appoint a permanent principal from January, 2019.


Ms Sharif joined Six Villages, in Lime Avenue, in January, 2016. It was rated ‘inadequate’ that month by Ofsted.


But she led its efforts to achieve its current rating and the inspectors noted how rising standards had led to improved outcomes for students. Results for those in Year 11 were improving yearly. They also commented on the commitment of staff to students’ personal development.


Ms Sharif said: “I am immensely proud of everything that has been achieved at Six Villages and I have felt privileged to lead a dynamic, highly committed team of staff who believe in the limitless potential of every young person we serve.”


“It has been a pleasure to support the development of our young people into lifelong learners with high aspirations, who I know will continue to flourish under the leadership of Mrs Walters and Mr Westerman.”


Speaking on behalf of the interim executive board at Six Villages, Ken Lloyd paid tribute to Ms Sharif’s hard work and dedication and said he was confident Mrs Walters and Mr Westerman would build on her legacy.

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