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Aldridge Education appoints new Executive Principal

Rob Reed will be the new Executive Principal for schools in the South East

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 09, 2017 | People, policy, politics

Aldridge Education has announced that Rob Reed has been appointed as Executive Principal for its cluster of schools in the South East – Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies and UTC@harbourside, the University Technical College in Newhaven that is co-sponsored by the University of Brighton.

The new role was advertised nationally in December, attracting a strong field of candidates. The appointment follows an interview process involving students, staff and governors at all three schools earlier this week.

As Executive Principal, Rob Reed will be working with the Principals, Dylan Davies, Katie Scott and Adanma Umunna, to build on the successes of the schools to date. This will include helping them to further develop joint-working and sharing specialist resources for the benefit of all Aldridge students locally; growing the regional cluster and further strengthening relationships with other schools, the Local Authority, the business community and other key stakeholders. 

Rob Reed joined Hove Park School as Headteacher in September 2015, successfully leading the school through an Ofsted Inspection in October 2016 and achieving Apple Distinguished School status in November. He played a central role in the successful bid by five local schools to establish a teaching school alliance.

Prior to joining Hove Park he was Headteacher at Chessington Community College in Kingston; led The Hillsyde Federation of Schools in South London; and held Deputy and Assistant Headteacher roles at a school in Tower Hamlets.

Chris Tweedale, Aldridge Education’s Chief Executive, said: “Rob has a very strong track record as a school leader and in building partnerships that bring real benefits to his schools and their students. He also brings his excellent knowledge of Brighton and the Sussex region to complement that of our existing Principals. This is a very exciting appointment for us.” 

“We are very ambitious for our schools locally. UTC@harbourside in its second year and is building its reputation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Both PACA and BACA have recently been recognised as Good in every category by Ofsted, and are in a great position to be recognised as outstanding in future.”

“Rob will work with each of the schools to continue to improve the education we offer to all of our young people across the community, and will also be working with other head teachers and governors who wish to explore joining our growing Trust.”

I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed to this post - Rob Reed, new Executive Principal for Aldridge Education's schools in the South East

Rob Reed said: 'I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed to this post. As a local head teacher, I have observed first hand the superb work of the Trust in Brighton and Hove. I am tremendously excited at the prospect of contributing to the Trust's impressive record of providing excellent education that gives young people the skills and qualifications they need.' 

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