New job for director of Hastings academies

William Parker Academy SUS-150502-115953001
William Parker Academy SUS-150502-115953001

The director of two Hastings academies and former principal of one that was in special measures has got a new job.

Mark Phillips will be leaving Ark William Parker and Helenswood Academies to become head teacher at a school in London.

He brought William Parker out of special measures as principal earlier this year.

“After two years in Hastings, first as principal of Ark William Parker and most recently as regional director of secondary schools, Mark Phillips has decided to take up a new post as head teacher of a school in London, much closer to his home,” an Ark spokesman said.

“Having led both schools through a period of change and improvement, he feels this is a good time to move on.

“With William Parker now out of special measures and with both Helenswood and William Parker having made real progress in their GCSE results, the two schools are well placed for the future.

“We’ll be reviewing the best long-term leadership model for Ark schools in Hastings, and we are enormously grateful to Mark Phillips for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the students of Ark William Parker and Helenswood Academies.”

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