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L-R Elizabeth Messenger, Hayley Stewart and Dave Fenney

New recruits set to inspire Thistley Hough Academy

Thistley Hough Academy announces appointments for the new academic year

Posted by Lucinda Reid | August 13, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Thistley Hough Academy has strengthened its teaching team ready for the new academic year.

Catherine Reid, Vice Principal, said the new appointments were recruited for their passion, drive, enthusiasm and belief that every student can be successful. This matches the vision of the Penkhull Academy, which was praised for its rapid progress by Ofsted in April this year.

Starting as new assistant principal will be Dave Fenney, from Burntwood, who comes from The Hart School in Rugeley, which is also within the Creative Education Trust. The former head of science will oversee assessment and data at Thistley Hough.

“Joining the team at Thistley Hough is a great opportunity, and having met the senior leadership team I know what a strong direction the school has. There’s a real feeling that all the staff here give the students every opportunity they deserve and will maximise their potential,” said Dave. “In my new role, I’ll be supporting heads of year with the assessment data they need, ensuring students are on the right courses and parents understand what progress their child is making.”

Another appointment is modern foreign languages teacher Elizabeth Messenger, a former Keele University student from Clayton, following a 16-year teaching post at King Edward VI High School in Stafford.

“My great uncle came to Thistley Hough so I have some family links to it, and I was also attracted to the academy because the ethos here is that it’s very much all about the wellbeing of the pupils,” said Elizabeth. “From the moment I walked in everyone was very very welcoming, and when I met the staff they were genuinely passionate about their pupils and ensuring they do the best they can.”

A former Thistley Hough student herself, Hayley Stewart takes up the role of assistant director of maths following a teaching post at Haywood academy in Burslem.

“I have a lot of great memories of my time here,” she said, “and the school did me proud as I was the first generation to go to university. The new building has created a nice learning environment and the most recent Ofsted report proves how well the school is doing.”

For more information about Thistley Hough Academy visit their website.


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