Chris Beckett joins Stamford Welland Academy team

Former Deepings School headteacher Chris Beckett has joined the Stamford Welland Academy team
Former Deepings School headteacher Chris Beckett has joined the Stamford Welland Academy team

The former headteacher of an outstanding school has joined the team aiming to transform Stamford’s only state secondary.

Chris Beckett, who was in charge at The Deepings School until July this year, has been appointed to the leadership team at the new Stamford Welland Academy.

Joining him at the former Stamford Queen Eleanor School is Louise Warren. Mrs Warren was one of the original proposers for the bid to create a new school in the town and will take the role of transition programme manager. She will help the school’s new owner, the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, known as CMat, embed the original vision of the proposer group.

The new members of the leadership team were announced at a community information evening at the academy on Tuesday.

New principal at Stamford Welland Anthony Partington said: “I am delighted to have the support of Mr Beckett and Mrs Warren. Their experience in the local community and understanding of local education needs will help to bring about meaningful change and help us to deliver the new school for Stamford that the town deserves.”

Mr Beckett worked at The Deepings School for almost 30 years and was headteacher for 10. He left with the school rated outstanding by Ofsted, having overseen year-on-year improvements in academic standards.

He has been recruited to Stamford Welland to help drive improvements and instil high expectations and standards across the academy.

Mrs Warren was one of a group of parents who initially proposed a bid for Government funding to set up a new secondary school in Stamford. Part of her role will include the introduction of CMat’s house system with vertical tutoring; the pledges awards system - an award based programme that promotes and encourages students to take on extra responsibility and do more for their community; and the introduction of the new curriculum.

The new academy opened its doors to pupils at the beginning of September, and will officially join CMat on October 1. The former Stamford Queen Eleanor School was previously run by the CfBT.

An open evening will be held on October 8 from 5.30pm to 8pm. New principal Mr Partington is offering guided tours on Friday mornings between 9am and 10am. Call Suzanne Cooper on 01780 751011.