THE HEADTEACHER of a school converting to an academy in September has stepped down.
Steve Daniels, who has been headteacher at Ilkeston Specialist Arts School for eight years, said sponsors Ormiston Trust had asked him to be principal of the new academy but ‘it was time to step aside’.
Birmingham-based Ormiston Trust said it will appoint a new principal for the school, which will be known as Ormiston Ilkeston Academy from September, this week.
Mr Daniels said: “Although I have been working very closely with our sponsors, Ormiston Trust, and they were keen for me to continue as the principal of the academy, I know that the time is right for me to step aside as the school approaches the next stage of its exciting development.
“Our sponsors will definitely provide the impetus and resources to make the new Ormiston Ilkeston Academy a fantastic success.”
Chief executive of Ormiston Ian Cleland, paid tribute to the outgoing headteacher.
“Mr. Daniels is an outstanding professional who we hope will still play an important role in Ilkeston,” he said. “We thank him for his work with the school and look forward to building on the work he has done with the students at Ilkeston to create an outstanding future.”
Bennerley Business College in Cotmanhay is also converting to an academy with Ormiston as its sponsor and its new principal Eddie de Middelaer will now become executive principal of Ormiston Ilkeston Academy – a ‘supporting role’ to the new principal.
Bennerley will be known as Ormiston Enterprise Academy from September.
Mr de Middelaer said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to act as executive principal for the new academy.
“I’ll be working closely with the new associate principal and the local community to support the students of the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy through their academy journey.”
NASUWT union members at the King George Avenue school went on a two-day strike last month after governors and Ormiston refused to postpone plans for conversion until January 2012.