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Interim Executive Principal's Welcome 

Associate Principal, Eastern Multi Academy Trust

This week you will have heard that Mrs Kuoni, The Executive Principal for Raleigh and Admirals academies has chosen to leave and take on new challenges. As result of this, since I was already working at Admirals to support the school with its special educational needs provision (SEND), I was asked to take on the role of Interim Executive Principal.

I am an experienced headteacher/principal who has chosen to work with schools in a range of circumstances over the last ten or so years. I have worked with Eastern Multi Academy Trust for over a year, most recently at Diamond Academy. I have experience in developing Special Educational Needs provision in schools. I am also the Chairperson of an Educational Trust.

I will be continuing to drive forwards to support the development of Special Educational Needs, but will also work very closely with staff, parents and children to make Admirals and Raleigh the very best schools they can be for every child in both schools.

Over the last few years, I have led schools in Rutland, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Norfolk. This has included closing schools where they have not met the needs of their local community.

A key priority in this area of Thetford will be addressing the learning and behaviour needs of children, which I know is a concern for many parents and staff.

The work we will do between staff, children and parents will centre around accountability and responsibility for all – a difficult message for some since they expect others to make the changes needed rather than taking on responsibility for themselves or their children.

Apart from addressing behaviour issues and making sure our behaviour policy is updated so it allows us to manage positive and negative behaviours effectively, we will also make sure that the quality of teaching and learning and the quality of the breadth of the curriculum is securely in place.

Over the next few weeks, and in the summer term, we will make sure that parents have many opportunities to be invited to join us in Raleigh and Admirals for a range of events.

To give you all some personal context, I have four grown up children, 4 grandchildren and a cat. I have, in previous times, been a successful marathon runner and even won medals within my age group. I have been qualified to coach in netball and cricket and was successful in ladies’ football. At present, my downtime at weekends is spent in putting in my walking miles so I aim for a long walk of 15 to 20 miles every weekend.

My children have gone in different pathways, but this has included performing in the theatre in the West End (and world-wide – currently Disney films), running successful businesses in fitness and dance as well as being artists. All of this has sprung from my

background of being a daughter of parents from working class parents who wanted the best for all of their children.

I hope that I can rely on your support to drive through the improvements Admirals and Raleigh need. Very shortly, we will be asking for parents to come forwards to be class representatives for every class across both schools so you can have a chance to be actively involved with improving our schools.

I am a person who would rather see people who come to me with solutions to problems rather than just being presented with ‘the problem’.

If you want to be involved in the journey to improve Admirals and Raleigh, please do not hesitate to contact either school to ask if you can be a parent representative for your child’s class.

My best wishes to you all,

Mary Foreman

Associate Principal

Eastern Multi Academy Trust