Trust appoints new principal for academy

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An academy in Thetford has appointed a new principal.

Lee Francis will take over at Diamond Academy in September after he was selected by the school’s sponsors, the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT).

A spokesman for the trust said Mr Francis, who currently lives in Doncaster with his wife and two children, would take responsibility for developing and leading all strategic and operational aspects of the academy.

Mr Francis said: “I’m delighted to be joining Diamond Academy this September and I very much share the trust’s ethos around developing pupils as individuals and not just learners.

“Our aim is to ensure pupils have access to the best possible opportunities and experiences during their education, so that they can reach their full potential and are better prepared for the future.”

Mr Francis’ previous experience includes four years as deputy headteacher at John Buchan School in Germany, teaching forces children.

He later became acting headteacher of that school.

Before working in Germany, Mr Francis worked as a technology and ICT teacher at a school in North Lincolnshire.

Joyce Hodgetts, managing director of ATT, said: “Academy Transformation Trust is expanding and developing at a stable pace and this recent employment drive ensures that we have the right people in place to push our academies forward.

“We are very much concentrating on building a rewarding and proactive learning environment for our pupils and I know that in his new role as principal at Diamond Academy, Lee will go above and beyond to achieve this.”

Mr Francis’ predecessor, Laura Jestico, left the school earlier this year.

She had continued at the school following its change from being Queensway Community Junior School, having taken the school out of special measures earlier in 2012.

The school has since been overseen by Nikki Hardman, from ATT, who served as executive principal.