A Portslade head teacher has resigned to take up a top job in London, her school said today.
Katie Scott will stay on at the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) until she takes up her new headship next September.
PACA’s chair of governors Rosalind Turner said: “Katie joined PACA in 2015 and her time as principal has seen the academy achieve a good Ofsted rating in all categories, GCSE results that put us in the top 5 per cent nationally for English and maths and recognised as Brighton’s Most Improved School of the Year 2017.
“Not surprisingly PACA has grown in popularity with parents, with applications for year seven places more than doubling.
“Katie is not leaving immediately and there will be plenty of time for formal thank yous and goodbyes next year but I’d like to put on record our appreciation of Katie’s leadership of the academy.
“The achievements the school has made in the past few years come from having a great team and I know that, when the time comes, Katie’s successor will inherit highly committed staff and a thriving school.
“Plans are already in hand to identify Katie’s replacement as principal.
“One of the benefits of being part of a multi-academy trust is that we can ensure continuity in leadership of the school through Rob Reed’s executive principal role across both our academies in Brighton.
“The governors with be working with Aldridge Education to secure strong leadership for the school to succeed Katie.”
Katie Scott said: “I am immensely proud of PACA’s students and staff and all that we have achieved together.
“I am confident that PACA will go from strength to strength because of the learning culture that now exists as well as the fantastic group of staff that work tirelessly to support our young people.
“My move in September gives me the opportunity to return to London where I spent much of my teaching career.
“But in the meantime my focus remains 100 per cent PACA and the success of our students.”