The Skinners’ Kent Academy Trust is delighted to announce that Dr Hilary Macaulay has been appointed Executive Principal of the Trust, following a rigorous recruitment process. Dr Macaulay will lead The Skinners’ Kent Academy as Principal and will be Executive Principal across the Trust – building on the considerable successes to date. She will join the Academy as Executive Principal designate in the summer to support a strong transition, before fully taking over in September 2019.
Most recently, Dr Macaulay was CEO of Venturers Trust in Bristol; a trust borne out of her successfully leading the merger of CGS Trust and Merchants’ Academy Trust. Comprising Primary, Secondary, all-age schools and a Special school the Trust has 3,500 pupils and 700 staff. Dr Macaulay has also recently been a Visiting Professor at Bristol University.
Prior to joining Venturers Trust, she was Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Under Dr Macaulay’s leadership, the academy was awarded the judgement of ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted, who cited her excellent leadership as the defining factor in the academy’s success.
Dr Macaulay has also held senior leadership roles in two ‘outstanding’ schools and, for seven years she was Principal and CEO of the West London Academy, one of the first all-age academies in the country. She has worked in a consultancy role to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, mentoring newly-appointed academy principals, and for the Department for Education as a seconded Executive Principal.
Dr Macaulay brings considerable experience in education as a teacher, published academic researcher and academy Principal, following her early career which started in the Army at Sandhurst.
Professor Sarah Stallebrass, Chair of Governors, said:
“Sian Carr, the Trust’s current Executive Principal has done a fantastic job. Both The Skinners’ Kent Academy and Skinners’ Kent Primary School have achieved considerable success under her leadership and the Trustees are immensely proud of our schools’ achievements. The next phase of our development is a very exciting one and we are delighted that Dr Macaulay will be joining us following her return to the South-East of England to lead staff and students alike to further success.’
Dr Macaulay said:
“I am both delighted and honoured to have been appointed to this post. The Trust has an impressive track record of providing all students, regardless of background or ability, with an excellent education. I look forward to leading the Trust on the next phase of its journey, working with teachers, students, parents and sponsors in raising students’ achievement even further and providing the very best opportunities and experiences ensuring they have the qualifications, skills and character to reach their true potential.”