Academy opens its doors for first time

Les Walton, chair of Northern Education Trust, with principal Alison Jobling.
Les Walton, chair of Northern Education Trust, with principal Alison Jobling.
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An academy has opened its doors to parents and pupils for the first time under its new name.

The Blyth Academy, formerly Blyth Community College, held its first annual open evening as an academy this week when students, parents and teaching staff had the opportunity to meet and talk to Les Walton CBE, chair of Northern Education Trust (NET), the academy’s new sponsor.

Blyth Community College began life as an academy on October 1.

Speaking at the open day, Mr Walton said: “We have developed highly effective partnership working with external stakeholders such as the Department for Education, government ministers and local authorities.

“Our focus is not only on building strong relationships between our academies and their leadership teams, but drawing upon the wealth of experience in the local area to access skills and advice from business and enterprise.

“This approach allows us to underpin the development of each academy’s curriculum so that we can ensure that when young people leave school, they are equipped with the right skills to gain employment and succeed in life.”

Principal Alison Jobling, who took up the position on October 1, added: “I am looking forward to working alongside a team of dedicated staff, enthusiastic students and with other stakeholders to provide an academy of first choice.

“We all look forward to our exciting journey working alongside the Northern Education Trust to make this a reality.

“Our aim is to ensure all of our young people have the best possible education and opportunities afforded to them.

“We are committed to developing an academy that is at the heart of the community through communication, engagement and partnership working.”