Primary school in Northampton confirms interim head as permanent leader

The newly-appointed head has been in charge of the school since December
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A primary school in Northampton has appointed its interim headteacher as the new permanent leader of the school.

Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School (MAPS), which opened in September 2014, has been led by a temporary head teacher since December last year.

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JD Hives has now been appointed as the permanent head teacher by the school’s parent company The David Ross Education Trust.

Miss JD Hives is the new head teacher at Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School.Miss JD Hives is the new head teacher at Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School.
Miss JD Hives is the new head teacher at Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School.

Prior to moving MAPS, in Trinity Avenue, Miss Hives taught at Kings Heath Primary Academy.

The new head teacher said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role as principal here at MAPS. Since starting as interim head of school I have seen the great things that happen on a daily basis.

“MAPS is a very special school and it is a pleasure to be part of – the network of teachers, the trust and diocesen is unique.

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“As MAPS reaches its full capacity we will see the academy flourish.

“There is an exciting future ahead and I look forward to sharing that with the staff team, children and community.”

Rowena Hackwood, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust added: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, I am delighted to announce we are making JD our substantive Principal at MAPS.

“JD has risen quickly through the trust ranks and we are thrilled that one of our own has successfully transitioned from newly qualified teacher to principal.

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“The achievement of excellence in academic, spiritual, cultural, and enrichment provision are all central to our vision for the academy, and I have every confidence that under her ongoing leadership, MAPS will go from strength to strength.”

The school that was rated ‘good’ at its last Ofsted inspection in July 2017, will be at full capacity for the first time when the new academic year begins.

Offer day on April 15 revealed that all year groups from reception to year six will be full, as the school received nearly two applications for every place.

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