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Company that runs Mark Hall Academy appoints new chief exec

Education: Secondary / Wed 21st Nov 2018 at 06:33pm

AN exceptional education leader has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of one of the country’s largest multi-academy trusts.

Debbie Clinton, a former Her Majesty’s Inspector with Ofsted, acting chief executive officer of a successful academy trust and principal of an outstanding academy, is leading Academy Transformation Trust (ATT). The Trust educates 11,500 children and young people in 22 primary and secondaries academies in the Midlands and East Anglia, as well as more than 800 post-16 and adult learners through Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE), which operates across parts of Nottinghamshire.

More than 80 per cent of ATT’s academies are rated Good or better, and the trust was rated the 11th best secondary multi-academy trust in the country for Progress 8 in the Department for Education’s GCSE performance tables published earlier this year.

The appointment means ATT has a very strong senior executive team. Peter Wilson was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer, joining Claire Pritchard, the Chief Operating Officer, and Julie Bloor, the Chief Education Officer.

Debbie Clinton has been a qualified teacher for more than 30 years and her top priority has always been ensuring that all children and young people receive the best possible education. Most recently she was Acting Chief Executive of the very successful Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, educating some 9,000 students. All of its academies bar one are rated Good or better by Ofsted.

She is also a former HMI and before that was the Principal of the successful Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough. Nunthorpe was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in its last inspection and in 2014 Debbie was invited to a Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women’ in 2014 as a result of her work in the academy.

Debbie has supported national projects and conferences for the Department for Education and the Institute of Education, is a recent Chair of the East Midlands CEO Forum and sits on Govnet’s Education Advisory Board.

Bernard Dickenson, Chair of Trustees at Academy Transformation Trust, said:

“I am delighted that Debbie Clinton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Academy Transformation Trust. She is a brilliant and inspirational education leader whose track record is outstanding. Debbie is the ideal person to lead our talented team of Principals and staff so that our children and young people are supported to achieve their very best.

“Debbie is leading an outstanding senior executive team who will help ensure our Trust is recognised as a first-class, well-run, inclusive and supportive academy trust in all areas, delivering for all our students.”

Debbie Clinton, Chief Executive Officer of Academy Transformation Trust, said:

“Our academies are educating children and young people to a high standard. My role is to ensure that they are getting the very best challenge and support from the centre so that they can raise the achievement bar even higher.

“This includes putting in place the right level of challenge and also ensuring that there is strong collaboration and joined-up leadership across the academies.

“I am extremely excited at what together we will deliver for Academy Transformation Trust, our academies and most importantly, the children and young people we are privileged to serve.”

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