New Principal at Landau Forte Amington

Navigate were delighted to assist in the appointment of Landau Forte Amington’s new Principal at the end of February.

A four strong selection panel deemed that James Robson, senior vice principal at Amington’s sister academy, Landau Forte Derby, was the ideal person to take on the leadership of the school which boasts impressive new build facilities and caters for over 1000 of the town’s school age population.

Dr Antony Edkins, Chief Executive of the Trust, was very positive regarding the outcome of the process and Navigate’s role in compiling a shortlist of individuals with the requisite experience and track record to match Amington’s ambitions and standing in the community. The first item on the agenda for Mr Robson is to prepare for an imminent Ofsted inspection, with the previous visit from the regulator in 2012 judging the school as ‘Good’ under the stewardship of former Headteacher Diane Pickering. However, GCSE results have dropped consecutively for the last 4 years and those attaining 5 A*-C including English and maths at the end of Key Stage 4 last year stood at 34%, some way below the government’s national floor standard.

Mr Robson, who has been assisting the Chief Executive in the running of Amington on an interim basis following the departure of Ms Pickering in January, will now work alongside Mr Edkins and his senior leadership team to embed recently introduced strategies in teaching and learning and provide a much needed boost to what have been disappointing results since conversion to academy status in 2011.

We wish Mr Robson the very best in his new role.