Melton’s Long Field Academy to join The Spencer Academies Trust

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Melton’s Long Field Academy is joining an academies trust and taking on a new principal as it looks forward to a bright new future.

As of April 1 Long Field will join Nottinghamshire’s The Spencer Academies Trust.

Long Field will be the ninth school to join the trust which currently comprises of eight schools from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (six primaries and two secondaries).

The trust - born out of successful and outstanding across the board Nottinghamshire secondary The George Spencer Academy - took Derbyshire’s Wyndham Primary Academy from being in the bottom 200 schools nationally to outstanding in two years.

And now it is aiming to make Long Field its next big success story.

Chris Haggett, who takes over as Long Field’s principal on June 1, joined The George Spencer Academy 12 years ago, where he’s been vice principal for the last seven years .

Mr Haggett, who has also taught in Birmingham and Arnold, Nottinghamshire, has been teaching a range of subjects for the past 19 years. He will teach maths to some of the Year 11 students at Long Field.

Executive principal Jill Hislop will work closely with Mr Haggett for the remainder of the summer term to build on the work that has already been done and to enable him to make a smooth transition.

Mr Haggett said a key goal was to move Long Field out of the ‘serious weaknesses’ category it has been placed in by Ofsted. It was rated as ‘inadequate’ but inspectors did acknowledge improvements being made. A monitoring visit in January noted the school’s rapid improvement.

He said: “I had quite a few opportunities I could have taken within the trust but I felt Long Field was the right school where I could make the most difference. A huge amount of work has gone on at the school over the past year. We want to build on that work, done by Jill and her team, to do even better. We want to continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning and raise Long Field’s profile within the community.”