New Principal for Ark Alexandra Academy

Ark Alexandra has appointed Liam Collins as its new Principal, and he will take up his new role in September.

Mr Collins is currently Director of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment at GLF Schools, a group of 40 primary and secondary schools across the UK. His appointment follows the retirement of Yvonne Powell, who has Executive Principal at the school for two years. Ms Powell was previously the Principal of Ark Walworth Academy in south London.

Mr Collins has worked in senior leadership roles education for more than 11 years and has been responsible for the performance of seven secondary schools. Before that, he enjoyed six successful years as the Principal of Uplands School in Wadhurst.

Mr Collins said: “I am very excited to be joining Ark Alexandra at this challenging and exciting time. This is a great opportunity to be part of a forwarding-thinking group of schools. I am looking forward to working with students, staff, parents and the community on the shared vision of ambition for all students and high expectations.”

Lorraine Clarke, Regional Director for Ark’s primary schools in Hastings, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Collins. He is an experienced senior leader with a successful track record of school improvement and supporting excellent teaching and learning. I am confident that the school will continue to support young people’s potential through education and a commitment to excellence.”