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Yate Academy Leadership

3rd January 2018

Paul Skipp has stepped down from his role as Principal of Yate Academy with effect from 1 January 2018.

Paul became Principal in September 2015 and led the school through a range of positive changes, including its transfer into the Greenshaw Learning Trust. However, he now feels it is the right time for him to pursue other senior leadership interests.

From the start of January 2018, Yate secondary phase will be led by Isabel Ambrose and Woodlands primary phase by Kirsty Borrill. They will report to and be closely supported by GLT Director of School Improvement, Ben Parnell, with the backing of the wider Greenshaw Learning Trust team. 

Paul said: "I would like to inform you that I have decided to step down from my post as Principal of Yate Academy. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school since I first joined in April 2015 as Deputy Principal. The ensuing years have seen many changes, but I now feel the school is in a great position from which to move from strength to strength.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with so many fantastic young people, many of whom have gone on to achieve wonderful things and are a huge credit to the school and their community. The support I have received continually from parents and carers, particularly since I became Principal, has been amazing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

"I would also like to thank the staff, both teaching and operational, and the governors at Yate for their hard work and total dedication to improving the life chances of our young people. It has been a pleasure to work with you all. Yate Academy is an inspirational and unique school and it will always retain a special place in my heart. However, I can leave in peace knowing that all the foundations have been laid to ensure its future success.

"I look forward to keeping a close eye on the future progress of the Academy.”

Mike Cooper, Chair of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: "We are extremely grateful for all the work that Paul has undertaken in driving improvements in both the primary and the secondary school and we wish him well for the future.

"Paul leaves Yate Academy in a good position, and with the team that is in place and the support of the Greenshaw Learning Trust it will continue on its journey of improvement."