New leader for Ormiston Denes Academy

Ormiston Denes Academy welcome a passionate and experienced new Principal.

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The Academy will be joined by Ben Driver, who takes up the role of Interim Principal, replacing Peter Marshall, who has decided to step down.

Ben joins the Academy from the Outstanding-rated Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Norwich, where he has been Vice Principal since January 2014. During his time at Victory Ben has helped oversee outstanding student progress in subjects across the curriculum, and this year excellent achievements in GCSE and A-level results. As well as bringing a wealth of educational experience he also brings with him a passion for the local area - Ben has lived and worked in both Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth for most of his teaching career.

Ben will be supported in his work by the wider senior team at Ormiston Academies Trust, including Nicole McCartney, OAT's Managing Director for the East. Nicole, who will be supporting the academy as Executive Principal, has a thorough knowledge and understanding of educational reform and transformational change and has made a significant impact on the students and communities she has served at OAT.

The current Principal, Peter Marshall, has decided to leave the Academy to explore other career opportunities closer to home.

Peter Marshall said:

“After careful thought and consideration I have asked the trust to consider my parting at this stage so that I may pursue other opportunities. I am very proud to have worked with a truly dedicated and hardworking staff and all of our excellent students. I wish you all every success for the future."

Ben Driver, new Interim Principal said:

“I am delighted to be returning to the area to lead a committed team delivering high-quality education. “I am looking forward to working closely with all the fantastic staff, students and parents at the academy to ensure that every young person reaches their full potential, and leaves Ormiston Denes with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in later life.”

Nicole McCartney, Managing Director of OAT for the East region and Executive Principal at Ormiston Denes, said:

“We are sad to be losing Peter, but understand his reasons and are very grateful to him for the work he has done at the Academy. He has put in place solid foundations for sustained improvement, as recognised by Ofsted recently."

“We are very excited to see Ben progress with OAT to now lead Ormiston Denes. I am looking forward to working with someone whose experience, passion for the local community and leadership expertise mean he will continue the progress already made at the academy, and we wish him every success.”