New Sheffield principal to Spring into action

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ONE of Sheffield’s first wave of academies has appointed a new principal - its sixth in the post in six years.

Chris Mulqueen is to take charge of Sheffield Springs Academy in September, replacing Elaine Cropper who is currently in charge on a temporary basis.

The latest change comes after the previous principal Jane Miles resigned suddenly from her post, shortly after the October half-term break.

A recent inspection report found progress at Springs had been substantially impaired by the instability in its senior leadership since its creation in September 2006.

As a result, the Ofsted team felt that few major improvement initiatives introduced by the different headteachers had been able to make a sustained and lasting impact.

Mrs Miles took over in July 2009, after previous principal David Lewis left following a period of sick leave.

She had taken Springs forward from its previous poor Ofsted rating, when inspectors gave it an official Notice to Improve.

Mr Mulqueen is moving to Springs from the Archbishop Sentamu Church of England Academy in Hull, where he is currently senior vice-principal. He has 20 years of experience of working in Yorkshire and is also a specialist leader of education – one of a select group of outstanding senior staff who support other schools to raise standards.

In this role he has worked in other schools across Yorkshire, including Sheffield.

Academy sponsor the United Learning Trust said the appointment had been made following an open competition in which a number of exceptional candidates from across the country had applied.

Christine Goldsack, chair of governors, said: “We are delighted Mr Mulqueen will be joining the academy.

“He has the perfect combination of skills and experience to lead the academy on the next stage of its journey and we are confident that under his leadership the progress already made will be sustained and accelerated.”

Mr Mulqueen said he was excited and proud to be appointed to the post.

He said: “I look forward to leading it through an important and new phase in its life.

“I believe there is no limit to what our students, staff and community can achieve as we work towards our shared goals.”