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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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New head teachers appointed for Carlisle's Richard Rose academy schools

The two men who will lead Carlisle’s struggling Richard Rose Federation academy schools have been announced.

The charity which is taking over the two schools has named the two new head teachers.

Neil Hutchinson will lead Richard Rose Central Academy, while Des Bird has been named as head teacher at Richard Rose Morton Academy. Both will report to the federation’s executive principle Derek Davies.

Mr Bird was part of the senior management team at Egremont’s West Lakes Academy, which earlier this year was recognised at the 2013 CN Group Education and Learning Awards.

Announcing the appointments, Mr Davies said the men were the “outstanding candidates” after a highly competitive search to fill the posts.

“Everyone is fully aware of the challenges faced by both academies and we have therefore made these appointments knowing that we needed two heads with the experience, commitment and expertise to bring both schools up to the standard that they deserve to be,” he said.

Mr Bird said: “I feel very privileged to be the new headteacher of a school in such a strong community and with such potential.

“I am committed wholeheartedly to achieving the best outcomes possible for our children and young people and I look forward to taking up post and beginning work.”

Mr Hutchinson, who was most recently interim executive principal of a college in Barnsley and also runs a consultancy company for schools and academies, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed head teacher of Richard Rose Central Academy.

“Everyone I have so far met at the school has been incredibly friendly and full of enthusiasm for what we need to achieve in the future.”

Mr Hutchinson will take up post in January and Mr Bird will begin in February.

The academies will complete their transition to United Learning, which has been described as a charity with Christian roots, in the New Year. Earlier this month, United Learning bosses admitted that they were braced for a critical Ofsted report following a snap inspection of its Morton site.

The Central Academy, placed in special measures in February, has also been revisited by inspectors.

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