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15 January 2021
Gorse Hill Appoints New Principal

Gorse Hill Appoints New Principal

The White Horse Federation is delighted to announce that Gorse Hill Primary School has appointed Luke Graham to be the school’s new principal. Luke is currently Head of School with the Claycots School Partnership, where he has been in the role for many successful years. After a transition period, Mr Graham will join Gorse Hill in April.

Following the departure of current principal Deborah Marklove at the end of this term, Mr Graham will be working with interim principal Joanne Lewis as he makes his transitionto the role, prior to his appointment in April.

Luke Graham has 12 years of experience as a teacher and school leader, with a number of successful years in leadership positions within a large primary school in an urban, multicultural area. He has also recently completed a masters in Educational Leadership.

Upon being appointed principal, Mr Graham said: ” “I am excited about this opportunity to lead Gorse Hill School into its next chapter of its improvement and growth.”

“Having grown up in Swindon, I am very much looking forward to embracing this opportunity to lead Gorse Hill School and serve the community that I have a strong personal attachment to, and to develop close partnerships with families and the wider community.”

Luke Graham’s knowledge and expertise will strengthen the leadership team at Gorse Hill Primary School as they build upon the progress made at the school in recent years.

Gorse Hill joined The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust in 2016. The trust is responsible for 32 schools across Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucester, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire.

Simon Cowley, The White Horse Federation’s Primary Director, said: “I am delighted to introduce Luke as the new principal of Gorse Hill School. During his time as head of school with the Claycots School Partnership, Luke demonstrated excellent leadership skills and he has impressed us with his ambitious vision for the school going forward. We are very excited that he will be joining our school community in April.”

Mr Graham’s appointment at Gorse Hill will begin in April. As Luke transitions from his role with the Claycots School Partnership to his new appointment as principal of Gorse Hill, he will enter consultation with staff and parents to learn more about the challenges facing the school and its roadmap for improvement.

Once he is in post, Mr Graham will communicate his vision and strategy for improvement at the academy in a statement addressed to staff, parents, and the local press.

Everyone at The White Horse Federation would like to welcome Luke to the family. We can’t wait to start working with him as we continue to make progress at Gorse Hill and improve outcomes for its staff and students.

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