New Principal At Darwen Vale Announced

Date: January 31st 2017

Matthew Little, currently Vice Principal of South Shore Academy, Blackpool, has been appointed as the new Principal of Darwen Vale High School, one of the four schools in Darwen that are members of the Trust.

As Vice Principal Matthew has played a key role in South Shore achieving record GCSE results last August. Prior to that he was Vice Principal of Kearsley Academy in Bolton and has been a Deputy Headteacher at both George Tomlinson High School, Bolton, and Harrop Fold High School in Salford.

The post was advertised nationally in December following the retirement of Fiona Jack at the end of last summer term. Since then David Hallam has acted as Interim Principal and will continue in that role until Matthew starts at the beginning of June.

Brendan Loughran, Executive Principal for Aldridge Education schools in the North West said: “Matthew comes with a wealth of experience in successful school improvement. We are looking forward to welcoming him to Darwen Vale to build on the great work currently being done and to lead the school in its next phase of improvement. Matthew joins a great team of staff at Vale who are all determined to get the best possible outcomes for our students. This has been exemplified by the great job David Hallam has done in the Interim role.”

Matthew Little Darwen Vale PrincipalMatthew Little said: “I am truly delighted to be appointed as Principal of Darwen Vale High School. I look forward to working with the school community and, with the support of Aldridge Education, ensuring  that students at Darwen Vale High School experience an outstanding and enjoyable education. I was excited by the emphasis on high aspirations for students, the development of entrepreneurial qualities and the spectacular building with its first-class facilities.”

“After meeting the staff and the students, it is clear that Darwen Vale has the potential to be an outstanding school where local children can acquire the knowledge, skills and qualifications to succeed and become active members of their local community.”

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