New principal appointment at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy

  22 July, 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy’s new permanent principal, Mr Craig Honey.

Originally from New Zealand, Craig has lived in the Great Yarmouth area for more than 18 years and has extensive experience with the region’s schools, and deep understanding of the local community.

As the deputy head teacher at North Denes Primary School, he helped to reorganise the school from a junior into a primary, add a nursey, and was integral in supporting the school to secure a good Ofsted rating.

Due to his children attending nearby Ormiston Venture Academy, Craig has said he understands first-hand OAT’s belief that every child deserves a world class education to help them achieve their aspirations.

He is confident that he can help build on the school’s recent, positive Ofsted report, which recognised the “effective action” taken to drive rapid improvements at the academy – bolstered by the proud and motivated “team” of staff who he will be working closely with.

Outside of education, Craig has a key role in the community, volunteering with the Great Yarmouth Swimming Club as a swimming teacher and the Norfolk Schools’ Sailing Association as a sailing instructor.

He will replace Ms Sashi Siva, who has held the role on an interim basis, in September ready for the new academic year.

Craig Honey, incoming principal for Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, said: “I’m incredibly excited to be working with the dedicated staff and school community at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy to ensure every child within the community they care so much about receives the excellent education they deserve.

“I have a strong drive to improve the life chances of our pupils and believe this is best delivered through a commitment to improving standards, maintaining high expectations and outcomes for teaching and learning, and creating an inspiring learning environment for staff and pupils to thrive. Enrichment is also central to this, enabling pupils to have access to a full range of life experiences so they can discover and develop their talents and passions.

“I’m determined to continue the positive momentum created by Sashi and the team, and to work with the entire community to take the school to exciting new heights.”

Director of primary and SEND, Jane Nolan, Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Craig into OAT, and are confident he will do a fantastic job in building upon the school’s positive upwards trajectory.

“We would like to thank Sashi Siva for her hard work in acting as interim principal at the school, and more broadly to the entire school community, who have rallied together throughout a challenging year and helped to ensure that every pupil received the high-quality support they needed.”

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