New principal is chosen for school

King's Priory School at Tynemouth signs.'REF 0909137382
King's Priory School at Tynemouth signs.'REF 0909137382

A new academy created by the merger of a public and private schools has appointed its second principal in the space of a year.

Gill Hewlett will take over the role at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth from April, replacing David Dawes, who left on December 31 after just one term in charge.

Mrs Hewlett had been leading the school alongside Sue Melbourne, head of primary and middle schools, and has been given the role on a permanent basis by school sponsor Woodard Academies Trust.

Mrs Hewlett, a senior leader for more than 13 years in secondary schools, said: “It’s an honour to have been chosen by the Woodard Academies Trust to lead Kings Priory School.

“It is unique in that it is built on two very successful schools and we have already made great progress in fulfilling the sponsor’s vision.”

She added: “I believe strongly in community involvement in young people’s education and will be looking at ways in which we can involve parents further into all aspects of school life.

“Whilst the Principal has changed, the staff and pupils have not and they have all been working extremely hard.

“We have a highly skilled and professional team who work hard to ensure our pupils are happy and successful. I could not be more proud.”

Jan Richardson, chairman of the Woodard Academies Trust, said: “Gill has already proved in her role as acting head of senior school that she shares the same values on which Kings Priory School is based.

“We want to ensure that young people are ‘nurtured, valued and known’ in the Woodard tradition, and where all understand that learning is the core business of the school.

“As such the Trust has decided that keeping this united team together for the foreseeable future will enable the vision for Kings Priory School to be realised.

“We are delighted that Gill has agreed to become Principal and are confident that under her leadership, we will see sustained success for the school.”

David Bilton, chief executive of the trust, said: “Our continuing focus is on providing the best education we possibly can for the pupils of Kings Priory School.

“Gill has extensive educational experience and is well-respected by her colleagues, by the students and their parents.

“Gill is committed to ensuring that Kings Priory School continues to be the school of choice for the Tynemouth community and I know she is looking forward to working closely with the teaching staff to provide the very best opportunities for each and every child.”