New headteacher to take over secondary school in September

PUBLISHED: 19:00 18 May 2018

TPLT principal Neville Cole with new KAS headteacher Nathan Jenkins.

TPLT principal Neville Cole with new KAS headteacher Nathan Jenkins.

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A new headteacher has been appointed at a ‘fast-improving’ school.

Nathan Jenkins will succeed Denise Hurr at The King Alfred School, in Highbridge.

Mr Jenkins will start in September and met year six students, who will come to the school next year, last week to mark his appointment.

He is currently the principal of acommunity school in South Wales and has an excellent track record of school improvements.

Mr Jenkins is married and a father of two boys.

He is a qualified rugby coach, leading the Newport Dragons U19 programmes across the region.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was a deputy head in South Wales and was at John Cabot Academy, in Bristol, for 10 years as head of design technology rising to assistant principal during his time there.

John Cabot at the time was led by Sir David Carter, now the National Schools Commissioner.

He also worked at Bristol Brunel Academy, formally Speedwell.

Nathan Jenkins: “I’m delighted at being appointed to the post at The King Alfred School and really looking forward to starting.

“The children and staff I have met so far have been delightful and displayed a real passion and pride in their school.

“With their support, and that of The Priory Learning Trust, I am confident we can continue to build on the improvements which have already started at King Alfred and together we will build the high performing school that the community deserves.”

This is the latest bit of good news for the school which has received another positive Ofsted report after it was placed in special measures last year upon receiving an inadequate rating.

The school has been supported by The Priory Learning Trust for eight months and secured £1.2million to improve its facilities.

Executive principal of the multi-academy trust, Neville Coles, said: “We are delighted at this appointment.

“Nathan has an excellent track record of school improvement and is ambitious to make this school one of the best.”

The trust leads the nearby Priory and Worle Community School academies as well as recently adding two more primary schools – St Anne’s 
and Castle Batch – earlier in the year.

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