Principal to Retire
Our Principal Andy Stanier has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2013/14 academic year, officially on the 31st August 2014.
Andy has served the education sector in Stoke for 39 years; including time as head of the predecessor school, Brownhill’s, and for the past 4 years as Principal at the Academy. He has overseen some massive changes in the way in which education, teaching and learning are delivered, presiding over a comprehensively changed new curriculum; and achieving the latest OFSTED judgment of ‘GOOD with OUTSTANDING features”. Recently he managed the opening of the first brand new £24 million pounds, state of the art, academy in the city. He has also been very focused on the Academy’s work with the Prince’s Trust to give our young people the opportunity for better career prospects through much improved training by forging links with key companies throughout the Potteries.
Andy said “I have spent my working life in the education sector and have been involved more recently in major changes in the way our students are educated. We have made good progress as an academy, and our full new build facilities will open in the Spring. After 39 years I now feel it is the right time to step down and hand over the baton, as many new and wide reaching changes come about in the next few years. I have enjoyed my time in the education sector and will look forward to my retirement after a smooth and seamless handover to my successor.”
Mike Greenacre Chair of Governors said “It has been very difficult to accept Andy’s decision to retire, for he has done an exceptional job, particularly more recently with our new academy. Nevertheless I fully understand his reasoning related to his family and his view that this is a good time to make the change as the Academy’s full facilities open up this spring.
All I can say is that we are indebted to Andy for all that he has achieved with his Senior Leadership Team, and the close working relationship he has with the Governing Board. He will be very much missed going forward.”
We will now set about finding Andy’s replacement, looking for someone with the skills to take the Academy further forward in the years ahead. This process will begin immediately and we will keep all our stakeholders informed as our plans come together.