Head teacher Tim Davies to go as Addington High School becomes academy
8:30am Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
The head teacher of a school has resigned, after it was confirmed it will become an academy.
Tim Davies has been headmaster at Addington High School for 12 years, but a letter sent to parents by the chair of governors last Wednesday revealed he was leaving the role at February half term.
The announcement came the day after it was confirmed the school which will become an academy on April 1, sponsored by Ravens Wood School in Bromley.
The schools have been working closely together after Ofsted inspectors put the New Addington school into special measures last October, citing poor exam results and attendance levels.
In a statement, Mr Davies said: "I am very proud to have helped so many young people develop during their time at the school and to see them leave us ready for the next stage in their personal and educational journeys.
"I've helped to set up the academy and this new chapter for secondary education in New Addington is the right time for me to move on.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support. I have regarded being head teacher at Addington High School as a privilege and a pleasure."
Following Mr Davies resignation, the school's governing body have appointed deputy head James Malley as acting head teacher and John Hernadez, headteacher of Norlington Boys School in Waltham Forest and former head of Ravens Wood as executive head.
It is understood Mr Malley will be responsible for the day to day running of the school, while Mr Hernandez will be in charge of its future direction, including the academy conversion.
A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "We acknowledge Mr Davies’ long service at Addington High and we wish him well for the future.
"The Council is determined to see education standards rise and we expect that Ravens Wood will contribute significantly to improved attainment levels at Addington High."