A new headteacher with a “passion for Lincolnshire” has been chosen at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy.
Dale Hardy, 43, was born in Grantham and said he was delighted to be returning to Lincolnshire and taking over the Ofsted rated ‘Good’ North Hykeham secondary school in September.
His past experience includes both secondary and primary education and was described as “inspirational and highly respected” by Ofsted inspectors whilst head of the ‘Outstanding’ Peterborough Academy.
He is leaving his role as Executive Headteacher at the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, which manages more than 20 schools, to take over from current head Helen Renard.
Mr Hardy said:”I recognise how crucial support and inspiration can be to instill in youngsters a desire to achieve their own potential. I had a great teacher who motivated me to do just that.
“Since I started my career in teaching I’ve been on a mission to give each and every youngster the best chance possible in life and that will be at the heart of everything I do at Sir Robert Pattinson’s Academy.
“I’m passionate about Lincolnshire and am absolutely delighted to be able to be given the opportunity to lead a school in my home county.”
Chair of Governors, Heather Lee paid tribute to outgoing head Helen Renard, and said she is delighted to have recruited Mr Hardy onboard.
“Helen has guided the school fantastically well during the last ten years – through a myriad of changes in education, exams and Government policy – and to a place where the school is graded good by inspectors,” she said.
“We are sorry to see her go but wish her well for the future. Now we must look to the future and we are delighted to have recruited such a fine replacement in Dale Hardy.
“I look forward with great optimism for the future.”