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Principal says farewell at last prize giving

Olviya SilvaryYoung people were urged to grasp the opportunities offered to them as staff and students reflected on the last ten years of their academy under the leadership of its outgoing principal.

The King’s Academy held its 12th annual prizegiving with the theme of thanksgiving.

Among those giving thanks were head boy Ben Rowden and head girl Paige Cope who, along with Principal Chris Drew, are leaving the academy this summer.

Ben told the students:

The opportunity to grow and develop as a person is what separates this school from the others. The opportunities are mind-blowing; going to Mexico to build a house for a family tops it off for me.

“Every single one of you has these opportunities; you can leave thinking it was just school, or you can take them.”

Paying tribute to the teachers, Paige said:

You have made me the person I am today. You have given me so much support and you really do care.”

Mr Drew, who is stepping down to take up a new development role with Emmanuel Schools Foundation, thanked students, parents and carers, staff and governors, past and present.

He told the students:

We don’t mind if you are in the top, middle or lower sets, or if learning is easy or a struggle for you. All that we ever ask of you is that you try your hardest and try to close the gaps in your knowledge and understanding so that you can make progress over time and achieve the very best that you can.”

“This school is about much more than exam results and academic progress, as important as they are. We seek to instil in you values and character that will set you up well, not just in your teenage years but also in adult life, and set you on the right course for happiness and fulfilment.”

Alison Frances GillThe ceremony recognised students for effort and achievement, citizenship and community contribution, and across all subjects.

The Outstanding Student of the Year Award went to Olviya Silvary for her effort and contribution and for being an excellent role model.

Mr Drew said:

Olviya wrote an excellent piece of writing on disability discrimination. She always volunteers for house events and makes a huge effort to support other students. She has had a truly remarkable year.”

The event was also a showcase for student talent including pianist Daniela Cebotari, dancer Lydia Peverell and singer musician Haleema Anwar.

The special guest was accomplished Linthorpe pianist Alison Frances Gill, who played demanding pieces from her extensive repertoire.

Other major award winners were:

Principal’s Award for Progress in Learning: Rebecca Harper and Robert Bishop
The Rotary Club Work Experience Award: Gregory Artley
Music scholarships: Jessica Seaman and Lewis Sharp
The Academy Drama Bowl: Faye Hilton
Chairman’s Award of Special Recognition: Grace Bousfield, Fisal Hussain, Jack Sullivan and Rosie Young
The Sports Day Trophy and The House Cup: Medes
The Poetry Award: Imogen Stokes
The Emmanuel Short Story Award: Imogen Stokes and Ciara O’Dowd

New Principal Appointed

Governors of a popular Teesside academy have announced the appointment of a new Principal.

David Dawes is to be the new leader of The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, from September.

david dawes2aMr Dawes will take over from Chris Drew, who has been Principal for ten years and is stepping down to take on a new role to expand and develop Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF), which runs the academy.

Mr Dawes was already known to ESF having been a Vice Principal at one of its sister schools, Bede Academy, in Blyth, where he had responsibility for academic achievement.

Originally from Leeds, Mr Dawes went to the University of Cambridge where he completed a masters degree in engineering. He then attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, reaching the rank of Captain and serving in Germany and Bosnia.

Married with three daughters, Mr Dawes went on to work in industry, for Walkers Crisps, at Peterlee, then the large US consulting company AT Kearney and, finally, in private equity with a part of Prudential.

After studying education at the University of London and qualifying as a mathematics teacher, he worked in two large comprehensive schools in the capital, become an assistant headteacher at JFS School in Harrow before joining Bede Academy.

In his current post as headteacher of Stainburn School, in Cumbria, Mr Dawes has led its rapid transformation, as well as students’ achievement to the school’s best ever results.

Mr Dawes said: “I am delighted to be joining The King’s Academy to take forward the vast work of the first 12 years. It will be a great privilege to work with the wonderful students, their parents and the community, and also to lead the staff who are of exceptional quality.”

Chair of governors Nigel Robson said: “Under Chris Drew’s leadership and with a very stable, committed and professional staff team, The King’s Academy has seen considerable progress and achievement in recent years. In seeking a new Principal, we wanted someone who could not only maintain that record but also continue to build on the academy’s success.

“Mr Dawes has immense, broad experience in the military, in industry and in education. He is a strong leader and is the right person to take The King’s Academy forward into a new era.”