New head teacher to lead Stansted's expanding Magna Carta Primary Academy
A new headteacher will greet children and parents at the gates of Stansted's Magna Carta Primary Academy after the Easter break.
Jen Pearce is taking over the role at the St John's Road school following the departure of Marios Solomonides, who led the new school through its first three years. He is moving on to become director of Special Needs and Disability (SEND) for the BMAT trust which runs the school, along with others in Harlow, Epping and London.
He leaves Magna Carta with a new curriculum in place for the first cohort of Year 5 who will move up in September.
Ms Pearce was previously deputy head at fellow trust school Cooks Spinney Primary Academy in Harlow. She said her first priority was to get to know the children, their families and staff.
"It is really important for me to be out on the gate and be available to parents, building positive relationships with them and getting them on board. I am looking forward to further developing the school’s values that are important for the children – having high expectations and ensuring they have a school they are proud of. It’s a real privilege and I am really excited," she said.
"I like the idea of expanding the school into Key Stage 2 as that is the area where most of my teaching experience has been. I want to focus on teaching and learning. My philosophy and Marios’ are fairly similar, so I feel confident to carry on in his shoes and take over from where he leaves off."
Mr Solomonides said Magna Carta was "a terrific school and community with very supportive parents."
During his headship, the school opened Phoenix Provision for pupils at risk of exclusion from schools in the area.