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New headteacher welcomed to The Kings Of Wessex Academy and the Wessex Learning Trust

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 September 2017

The new executive headteacher of the Wessex Learning Trust and The Kings Of Wessex Academy, Gavin Ball. Picture: Eleanor Young

The new executive headteacher of the Wessex Learning Trust and The Kings Of Wessex Academy, Gavin Ball. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A Somerset school has welcomed a new headteacher who says he has big plans for the school and its multi-academy trust.

Gavin Ball, aged 53, has taken over as the executive headteacher of The Kings Of Wessex Academy, in Cheddar, and the Wessex Learning Trust, leaving his role as headteacher at Frome College.

Mr Ball has set his sights on continuing the work of the school’s former leader Chris Richardson, who retired at the end of the last academic year.

Mr Ball said Kings is a ‘fantastic’ school and it has ‘so much potential’.

He added: “What brought me here was to look at synergy of education from two years old to 18 years old.

“I want to look at how we work with our feeder schools and enhance pupils’ education.”

The Wessex Learning Trust is made up of eight academies in the Cheddar Valley, including six primary schools, Hugh Sexey Middle School and Kings.

Mr Ball said the trust system can help schools continue ‘excellence’.

He added: “I want to help release some of the teacher potential and allow them to further challenge the students.

“I am also keen to look at the students’ intrinsic motivation and encourage them to want to learn and aspire for more.”

Mr Ball, who specialises in teaching economics and geography, has had more than 20 years of experience in education.

He previously worked in banking and in retail before deciding he wanted a ‘more fulfilling’ career which had more meaning.

He said: “I have some ideas in my head for which direction I want to take the school in. I will be speaking to staff and parents to gather views and thoughts before speaking with the trustees and governors.

“I would like to do some more work around developing the whole character of the student.

“Academically the school is extremely strong and I would like to start developing the whole person and looking at how we can do that on multiple levels.

“I like to empower people. I will say what I would like them to achieve and then leave it to them to decide how they will go about doing it.

“I will push and motivate my staff but I will not tell them the steps of how to do it.

“You grow capacity and people’s own motivation.”

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