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Introducing MEA Central's Head of School

Posted on: 17/01/2017

The Altius Trust is delighted to welcome Emily Reynard, Head of School Designate for MEA Central, a new secondary academy opening on Lytham Road in Fallowfield, Manchester in September 2017.

A graduate of the University of Manchester, Emily also completed her PGCE there in 2006. Within three years of beginning teaching, Emily was appointed as a Lead Teacher of English for the Greater Manchester Challenge – a programme aiming to break the cycle of disadvantage and educational underachievement – and worked with a number of schools to significantly raise achievement at GSCE through staff development, intervention and high quality teaching.

Emily’s experience has included schools in Greater Manchester and also in London. In 2011 she was appointed Assistant Principal at The Oldham Academy North, an 11-16 academy in Greater Manchester. Here she was part of the leadership team that led the school being recognised as one of the top 100 most improved schools in the UK for pupil progress. Emily then moved to London and went on to become a founding Vice Principal at Kensington Aldridge Academy, a brand new school in West London. Along with the Principal David Benson, she led on the highly successful set up and opening of the school. In its first year, the Department of Education reported that KAA was ‘one of the best academies they had ever seen’ in terms of planning and curriculum development.  Miriam Rosen, former Chief Inspector of Ofsted said that it ‘has got off to a remarkable start and is already securing highly positive outcomes for students.’

Emily believes in excellence and equity in education and is passionate about tackling social disadvantage to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be successful and lead a happy life and commented, “I am delighted to have joined The Altius Trust. At MEA Central, our focus on high academic achievement, quality character education and strong pastoral support will ensure a fantastic future for all our students. We aim to make our school not just the heart, but the future of the community.”

James Eldon, Chief Executive of the Altius Trust and Principal of Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA), the flagship school for the Trust, added “This is a great appointment for the Trust as it moves towards opening its brand new academy in Manchester. Emily’s wide ranging experience in teaching, leadership and educational transformation in different areas of the country will bring a great deal of expertise and personality to MEA Central and the Trust as a whole.  Our vision at MEA has always been ‘A Fantastic Future for All’ and this is exactly the same for MEA Central.  We are really looking forward to a fantastic future for all the students who will be joining MEA Central in September this year and beyond. It’s going to be amazing.”

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