Principal Appointed

The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent Governing Board is pleased to confirm the permanent appointment of Nick Lowry as Principal  for the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent with effect from 15th January 2015.

After four and a half months when Nick has been Acting Principal, following the retirement of Andy Stanier and after an extensive accountability and interview process including interviews by a student and a staff panel as well as an 8 strong governors panel Nick has now been confirmed as Principal on a permanent basis.

Our Academy in Stoke faces many new challenges in the future coping with the continuing demands of government and Ofsted whilst at the same time trying very hard to ensure that our key stakeholders, our students, are not only capable of reaching the desired exam standards but are effectively prepared for future education, training and their careers ahead.

In addition the Academy’s more recent membership and participation as part of the Co-operative Academy Trust is significant as this will unquestionably bring more certainty and support as we set about further strengthening our performance with our students.

Mike Greenacre Chair of Governors said “I am really pleased that we have confirmed Nick Lowry into post on a permanent basis. Nick has demonstrated through his actions and outcomes that he will make a very positive leader and contribute significantly to both the Academy in Stoke and the Co-operative Academy Trust as a whole. He has overseen as Vice-Principal the sound progress on our curriculum and the achievement of improved results and now has the opportunity to widen his ambitions for the Academy in the years ahead”.

Nick Lowry responded by saying “I am honoured and humbled to be the new permanent Principal of the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent.  Having worked here for four and a half years I know this Academy, the students and parents well and I care deeply about helping everyone to achieve as high as possible.  If all our stakeholders work together we can make this the best Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Frank Norris Director of the Co-operative Multi Academy Trust said “This is good news for everyone – students; staff; parents; the Stoke Academy and our new Trust. We really look forward to working closely with the Academy here in Stoke, giving both support and challenge to give better outcomes for students as we move forward. Some great work has been achieved already and I’m certain the team, under Nick Lowry’s leadership, will deliver even better outcomes for students”.

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