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Merchants' Academy Trust welcomes new executive principal

Dr Hilary Macaulay takes up the post of Executive Principal at the Bristol multi-academy trust from September 2016

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 15, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Dr Hilary Macaulay has been appointed Executive Principal of Merchants’ Academy Trust, comprising Merchants’ Academy in south Bristol and the new Venturers’ Academy, due to open in September 2016.

Previously the Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, Dr Macaulay took up her post on 1 April. She has extensive experience in education as a teacher, published academic researcher and academy principal following her early career, which started in the Army at Sandhurst. She was one of the first 15 academy principals in the country, and is now the longest serving.

Under Dr Macaulay’s recent leadership, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace was recently awarded the judgement of ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted, who cited her excellent leadership as the defining factor in the academy’s success.

Dr Macaulay has also held senior leadership roles in two ‘outstanding’ schools and, for seven years she was principal and CEO of one of the first all-age academies in the country. She has worked in a consultancy role to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, mentoring newly-appointed academy principals, and for the Department for Education as a seconded executive principal. 

“I am delighted to be joining Merchants’ Academy Trust as we enter a phase of further positive growth,” she said. 

“We will be opening the doors of Venturers' Academy, Bristol's first standalone school for children with autism, in September, and we have the go ahead from the Department for Education to develop plans for a state of the art learning campus for both Venturers' Academy and Merchants' Academy Primary on the secondary school site in Gatehouse Avenue. Withywood.

“As Merchants’ Academy Trust grows both in size and reputation, I plan to work closely with our exceptionally talented staff across the Academies, to ensure that every student and member of staff achieves more than they ever thought possible.” 

Ross Ancell, Chair of Governors, said: “The schools within the Merchants’ Academy Trust family have seen such tremendous improvement over the past eight years and Hilary is absolutely the right person to lead them from strength to strength”.

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