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TNLP announces new co-principal

Temple Learning Academy have appointed Richard Hadfield as co-principal to develop a unique educational provision

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 15, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Temple Learning Academy, which opened in September 2015, is an all-through free school which educates children from 4 – 16 years. This September will see the first cohort of Year 7’s join the school after a successful two years providing much needed places to primary age school children in the area.

Richard joins as co-principal, working alongside existing co-principal Matthew Browne. Believed to be the first set up of its kind in the UK, Richard and Matthew will be working closely together to develop an educational provision which addresses the crossover between primary and secondary phase to ensure children receive not only the best possible education, but also real skills and life chances post-education.

It is fantastic to be working alongside a fellow educational professional who shares the same vision and passion about the academy. We joke that we are long-lost twins because we think the same way

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said “I am delighted to be joining Temple Learning Academy as co-principal, working alongside co-principal Matthew Browne. With a cross range of educational knowledge and experience, together we will lead on all aspects of building our innovative and successful all-through academy.”

Richard joins Temple Learning Academy from his previous role as vice principal at Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA), an 11-18 academy that is sponsored by the University of Nottingham and Sir David Samworth. Prior to that, he was assistant head and deputy head at Westfield School, an 11-16 local authority maintained school in Sheffield with 1,400 students on roll and a specialism in sport, business and enterprise.

Co-principal Matthew Browne added: “I am very pleased to welcome Richard onboard. It is fantastic to be working alongside a fellow educational professional who shares the same vision and passion about the academy. We joke that we are long-lost twins because we think the same way: we are ambitious for change and we have the same vision for building a world-class school at the heart of our community and with the community in our heart.”

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