Published: 30/09/2013 15:56 - Updated: 30/09/2013 16:48

Harlow's Mark Hall Academy welcomes Corinne Franceschi as new principal

GEMMA GARDNER

A HARLOW secondary school that became an academy this term has welcomed a new principal.

Corinne Franceschi brings more than 23 years of experience to Mark Hall Academy.

As Principal at Mark Hall, formerly known as Mark Hall Specialist Sports College, Mrs Franceschi will be responsible for raising the aspirations, expectations and commitment of staff, students, parents and the wider community, as well as leading overall improvements in standards of achievement, teaching and learning, behaviour and safety to ensure that the academy achieves an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement as quickly as possible.

At the college’s last inspection, inspectors judged that the school had still not made enough improvement to be taken out of special measures after being placed there in November 2012.

Mrs Franceschi was previously Associate Principal at the Harris Federation, where she led Harris Academy Bromley through its first year under academy status and raised their GCSE A* to C grade pass rate (including Maths and English) to 68 per cent – a 15 per cent rise.

Prior to this, Mrs Franceschi worked in leadership roles at three schools across London and Essex which were rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as well as working for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

She currently lives in north east London with her husband and two teenage children.

Mrs Franceschi is a strong supporter of the arts and visits theatres, art galleries and cultural events as often as possible. She enjoys watching all types of sport and keeps fit herself by running and horse riding.

Mrs Franceschi said: “As principal, I want to ensure that Mark Hall Academy is at the forefront of developments in transformative educational innovations. Mark Hall will become the school of choice in the area: a popular and outstanding academy, known for its educational excellence and for nurturing and valuing the young people who are at its heart.

“I want to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and culture of achievement for all pupils that results in tangible outcomes that make a difference to the life chances both of individuals and their communities. “I want to initiate successful links with the local community that will have a direct impact on the raising of standards within the academy; Mark Hall’s students deserve an exciting and inspiring learning experience that is world class.

“I am also passionate about student voice and student leadership and will be looking to create opportunities for students to work in partnership with staff on a range of projects focussed on improving learning, the environment and behaviour, health and welfare within the academy.”

Joyce Hodgetts, Managing Director of Academy Transformation Trust, said: “Academy Transformation Trust is expanding and developing at a stable pace and the recent recruitment of Corrine and her highly talented team will ensure that we have the right people in place to push this academy forward.

“We are very much concentrating on building a rewarding and proactive learning environment for our pupils at Mark Hall Academy, and I know that in her new role as principal, Corinne will go above and beyond to achieve this.”

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