Iceni Academy, an all-through Academy with sites in Methwold and Hockwold is celebrating 2018 with two new Principals at the helm.
Emma Owner, who was previously Head of School at Hockwold and praised for her work by Ofsted, has taken over as Principal of the Primary site.
Stephen Plume, who was previously Senior Vice Principal (and then Associate Principal) at Methwold and also praised for his contribution by Ofsted, has taken over as Principal of the Secondary site.
Iceni Academy, one of only two all-through schools in Norfolk, was rated good by Ofsted in July 2016 and these two new appointments are crucial in allowing both sites to continue to improve.
“We were really pleased with our recent Ofsted report” said Emma Owner, “however, I think the best is yet to come and this small change in leadership and increased autonomy, will make all the difference”
“I am very proud of our students who have achieved the best results in West Norfolk for the past three years” said Stephen Plume. “But our students are about so much more than grades, we have such a wide range of talents and interests from sport to music, our community should be proud of these young people”.
Despite the distance between the two sites staff in some subject areas work very closely and students often attend events at the Secondary site. Teachers travel between sites and both Emma and Stephen are keen to develop these links further.
“We have some excellent staff on both sites” said Emma Owner, “In order for our students to get the best possible deal we are able to tap in to lots of expertise”.
“Our community is really important to me” said Stephen Plume, “moving forward I want to work hand in hand with everyone who has a role to play in helping our young people. Our students go on to do great things when they leave here and getting them back in the door is one of my priorities this year”.