New Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy

We are pleased to announce Mark Thompson as the new Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy.

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Mark currently serves as vice principal at Ormiston Herman Academy, another strong primary school in the OAT network, in Gorleston. He will continue the excellent leadership of Dawn Kightley, who will retire as principal of Edward Worlledge at the end of this academic year.

Mark is an experienced school leader with more than 15 years’ experience and who strongly believes in the power of education to transform lives.

In his current role as Vice-Principal at Ormiston Herman Academy, Mark is responsible for teaching and learning, assessment, and enrichment. During his time at the academy, Ormiston Herman has gone from strength to strength, consistently achieving above the national average in all measures and improving outcomes for pupils. In January 2017, in its first inspection since joining OAT, Ormiston Herman Academy was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with ‘Outstanding’ Early Years Provision.

Prior to joining Ormiston Herman Academy, Mark worked as an assistant principal at Ormiston Venture Academy, a secondary academy sponsored by OAT, also in Great Yarmouth.

A local man with strong roots in the community, Mark was born in Great Yarmouth and previously served as a Great Yarmouth borough councillor for sixteen years. In 2015, he was appointed as an Honorary Alderman of the Borough in recognition of his services to his community.  He remains an active member of the local community, offering time and expertise to voluntary and charitable organisations within the local area.

Edward Worlledge joined OAT in March 2017 and has since been working closely with other local academies to share best practice and ensure that they are providing the very best education possible. The Trust has a strong presence in Great Yarmouth and a regional hub, headed up by a dedicated regional director, in the East of England supporting all its academies in the region to drive improvement.

Dawn Kightley retires after a long and distinguished career in education. Having started her teaching career in January 1981, she has since taught in four schools across the Great Yarmouth area.

Her strong belief in inclusive practice and ensuring that all children have equal access to education has been evident throughout her career in her efforts to broaden pupils horizons and widen their aspirations, a strong legacy of which she leaves at Edward Worrledge Ormiston Academy.

Dawn Kightley, Principal at Edward Worlledge Academy said:

"I am delighted that Mark Thompson has been appointed to take my place as principal upon my retirement. Mark shares my belief in the transformative power of education and I am confident that he is the very best person for role and I will be leaving the academy in safe hands.

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at Edward Worlledge and OAT for their support, commitment and enthusiasm during my time as Principal, which has helped to make the academy such a happy and caring place, where pupils support one and thrive. I wish staff and pupils at the academy every success and look forward to seeing Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy go from strength to strength."

Mark Thompson, incoming Principal at Edward Worlledge Academy said:

"I am thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy and to be remaining part of the OAT family, in an area and community that I grew up in and know so well.

"I look forward to working closely with pupils, parents, carers and staff at the academy to continue to make it a fantastic place to learn and grow."

Gwayne Webb, Regional Director East for Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"Mark is a brilliant appointment for Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy. He brings a wealth of experience and strong local knowledge to the role and I look forward to continuing to work with him as part the family of Ormiston East academies.

"I would also like to extend my gratitude to retiring principal Dawn Kightley for her hard work and dedication during her time at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, which has ensured that the academy offers pupils the very best education possible. I know that this is a legacy that Mark will be looking to continue and to build on, to ensure that the academy gives pupils the tools they need to succeed in the next phase of their education and to fulfil their potential."