Academy principal to leave for new role

Principal Katie Scott is to set leave Portslade Aldridge Community Academy's (PACA) at the end of the academic year, parents were told yesterday (December 20).

PACA's principal Katie Scott with GCSE student Megan Lowe
PACA's principal Katie Scott with GCSE student Megan Lowe

In a letter sent to parents, the school said Ms Scott will be leaving the academy to take up a new position as headteacher of a school in London from September 2018.

Rosalind Turner, chair of governors at PACA, said: “Katie joined PACA in 2015, and her time as principal has seen the academy achieve a ‘good’ Ofsted rating in all categories; GCSE results that put us in the top five per cent nationally for English and maths; and recognised as Brighton’s ‘Most Improved School of the Year 2017’. Not surprisingly PACA has grown in popularity with parents with applications for Year 7 places more than doubling.

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“Katie is not leaving immediately and there will be plenty of time for formal thank yous and goodbyes next year, but I’d like to put on record our appreciation of Katie’s leadership of the academy. The achievements the school has made in the past few years come from having a great team and I know that, when the time comes, Katie’s successor will inherit highly committed staff and a thriving school.

“Plans are already in hand to identify Katie’s replacement as principal. One of the benefits of being part of a multi-academy trust is that we can ensure continuity in leadership of the school through Rob Reed’s executive principal role across both our academies in Brighton. The governors with be working with Aldridge Education to secure strong leadership for the school to succeed Katie.”

Ms Scott said: “I am immensely proud of PACA’s students and staff, and all that we have achieved together. I am confident that PACA will go from strength to strength because of the learning culture that now exists as well as the fantastic group of staff that work tirelessly to support our young people.

“My move in September gives me the opportunity to return to London, where I spent much of my teaching career, but in the meantime my focus remains 100% PACA and the success of our students.”