New principal appointed for The St Leonards Academy

A new permanent principal has been appointed head of a St Leonards secondary school.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 11:31 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:11 am
Kay Tinsley

The Hastings Academies Trust and its sponsor, the University of Brighton, have announced Kay Tinsley is to be the principal of The St Leonards Academy with immediate effect.

Kay has been working as the academy’s interim principal since Easter when former principal, Jon Francies, was seconded to and subsequently appointed to lead the newly-opened Burgess Hill Academy, which is also sponsored by the University of Brighton.

Prior to this, Kay has held senior leadership roles in the Hastings Academies Trust and its secondary academies.

Paul Griffiths, the trust’s chief executive, said: “We are extremely pleased that The St Leonards Academy and the Hastings Academies Trust more widely will continue to benefit from Kay’s exceptional leadership.

“She is a creative, articulate and dynamic school leader, and I am confident that the academy is well placed to continue its journey to outstanding status.”

Jenny Jones, executive principal, added: “The Hastings Academies Trust is committed to developing talented leaders for our academies. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated colleagues who have worked and continue to work tirelessly to improve the quality of education and outcomes for all our students.”

On her appointment, Kay said: “Who wouldn’t want to lead The St Leonards Academy? I am enormously proud to have been appointed the principal of such an innovative school which has placed students, staff and parents at the heart of its drive for improvement.

“I look forward to continuing to develop and enhance opportunities for high quality education for our local community.”

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at 2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.