New post for Academy head
Mick will leave the Academy in Tipton at Christmas to take up a post in Dubai, where he will be responsible for more than 4,000 students.
Since the Academy opened in September 2008, Mick has ensured that the school remained true to the RSA’s vision of innovation in education. The school’s curriculum is based on the RSA’s Opening Minds, a set of competencies and skills that challenge students to think, learn and manage people, information and situations, which will help them become good citizens and equip them for life and work in the 21st century.
This approach now extends to the school’s sixth form, which has been at the forefront of developing the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate (IBCC). The IBCC combines the breadth of the International Baccalaureate with strong vocational elements. Last year, Ofsted graded the Academy as good with many outstanding features, including its leadership and capacity for further improvement.
Having secured a significant jump in GCSE results in 2012, Mick leaves the school well placed to continue its mission of educational transformation. Sally Weale, the school’s vice principal, will take over as interim principal. The permanent role will be advertised nationally in the new year.