It is understood that Jane Wilson, Deputy Regional School Commissioner (RSC) for the North, is to join the Northern Education Trust as their Deputy CEO, according to information given to SCHOOLS NorthEast.
Ms Wilson, the former Executive Principal of Brambles Primary Academy in Brambles Farm and Dormanstown Primary Academy in Middlesbrough, took the deputy RSC position in 2016 alongside Katherine Cowell. At the time when deputy RSCs were announced, the DfE said: “Deputy Directors will complement the senior leadership teams in each RSC’s office, helping to deliver the expansion of the academies programme and recruit strong sponsors.”
The Northern Education Trust (NET) is strengthening its team after some issues in previous years with the time it took to help struggling schools.
The trust runs academies on Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside, Northumberland as well as other areas in the North.
In March 2016, the Northern Education Trust was issued with a ‘pre-warning notice letter’ by Vicky Beer, the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, due to ‘unacceptably low’ standards of performance and progress at North Shore, The Blyth and Thomas Hepburn Academies. There is also a consultation currently to close Thomas Hepburn Academy.
It also the follows the news from September 2017 that Rob Tarn was to replace Ian Kershaw as the new CEO of the Northern Education Trust.
The North East schools in the Northern Education Trust are:
Manor Community Academy, Hartlepool
Dyke House Sports and Technology College, Hartlepool
The Grangefield Academy, Stockton-on-Tees
North Shore Academy, Stockton-on-Tees
The Oak Tree Academy, Stockton-on-Tees
Red House Academy, Sunderland
Thomas Hepburn Community Academy, Gateshead
Thorp Academy, Ryton
Hilton Primary Academy, Newcastle
The Blyth Academy, Northumberland
Weekly Update contacted representatives of the RSC office, Department for Education and Northern Education Trust however no organisation was able to comment at this time.