Former Olympic Triathlete Abbie Thorrington has been appointed Principal of Ipswich Academy. She is poised to build on the school’s recent successes to ensure its pupils develop through meaningful opportunities to be successful and enjoy all aspects of their lives.
Abbie, who is currently Assistant Principal at Ipswich Academy, will take over in June from current Principal Helen Winn, whose successful leadership led the Paradigm Trust school to achieve its best ever GCSE results in August. Eight years on from the 2012 Olympics, Abbie’s hard work and dedication to teaching has paid off as she secures the top job in the acclaimed Ipswich secondary school.
Bill Holledge, Chief Executive of Paradigm Trust, comments:
“Abbie has been a key part of the leadership team which achieved strong results in summer 2019, as well as having been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management. She has demonstrated excellence and ambition in her role as Assistant Principal, building a strong rapport with both our pupils and the wider community. We are delighted to give her the opportunity to continue her work as Principal.”
Abbie Thorrington, newly appointed Principal at Ipswich Academy, says:
“I am incredibly honoured to take on the role of Principal at Ipswich Academy. I grew up in Ipswich and have always been a part of its community. Since retiring from athletics I have been able to utilise that experience, including the dedication and resilience developed through training, to support my teaching career here. I have big ambitions for the pupils of Ipswich Academy and, as we enter another Olympic year, will do everything in my power to make all our pupils’ dreams a reality.”
A recent Ofsted report recognised that Ipswich Academy leaders, including Abbie Thorrington, had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience. The school is currently oversubscribed for places.
Our recent achievements were featured on BBC Radio Suffolk
“We work to ensure that every child’s future is determined by their talent and hard work” – read the full story in the Ipswich Star
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Results for students achieving between a grade 9 and 4 in English and Maths is 56%, up 12% on 2018. 19 students achieved the top grade 9 across a host of subjects including English, maths, languages, art and science.
Helen Winn, Principal at Ipswich Academy says:
“Ipswich Academy is incredibly proud of its year 11 students today. We have never had better results in the history of the school and it rounds off what has been an absolutely brilliant year for Ipswich Academy. All our staff work exceptionally hard to narrow the gap for disadvantaged children and these results are evidence that it’s paying off.”
Ipswich Academy achieved an Ofsted Good rating this year with Outstanding for leadership and management for the first time, making it one of the best in town.
The Ofsted report recognised that Helen and the other leaders in the school had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience at Ipswich Academy, an achievement that has led to the school being oversubscribed for places in September 2019.
There was great coverage of our academy and Helen Winn the Ipswich Star. You can read the article here.
Ipswich Academy Principal hailed as Educational Leader of the Year at Suffolk County Council Raising the Bar Awards
Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce Helen Winn, Principal of Ipswich Academy, has won the Educational Leader and Setting of the Year Award at this year’s Suffolk County Council Raising the Bar Awards.
Helen was nominated for her unrivalled contribution to teaching and learning confirmed by achieving an Ofsted Good rating this year with Outstanding for leadership and management for the first time in the school’s history, making it one of the best in town.
The report recognised that Helen and the other leaders in the school had ‘transformed the culture of the school’ and were ‘building strong and effective partnerships with the community’ ensuring pupils and their families have the best possible experience at Ipswich Academy, an achievement that has led to the school being oversubscribed for September 2019.
Helen Winn said: “I am thrilled to have won this award and want to pass on the credit to my amazing team and community, including the pupils, staff, parents and directors who have worked so incredibly hard to get us here.”
Raising the Bar was set up by Suffolk County Council with the aim of improving levels of educational attainment across the county, and ensuring every child in Suffolk can achieve their full potential. The awards are designed to share best practice and highlight excellence across the education sector, rewarding those who have made an outstanding contribution to the furthering of this goal.
The winners were announced at a special celebration event in Ipswich’s Wherstead Park.
1st September 2015
Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce the transfer of Ipswich Academy into its control, effective from today.
Amanda Phillips, Executive Principal of Paradigm Trust and the new Principal of Ipswich Academy said:
“My job is to lead a school which is focused on the future. We will be looking at the successes we want to achieve by July 2016 and beyond.
“Paradigm Trust has a strong track record on school improvement having successfully delivered significant school improvement on three separate occasions in institutions that were in special measures or required improvement.
“In our first term, our priority is going to be developing confidence. Confidence that all students have the necessary literacy skills for effective learning in all subjects, that they are clear about what is expected of them, that teachers and learning support staff are delivering good or outstanding lessons and that parents understand what we are doing and are working with us to support the learning and progress of their children.
“We have a programme of staff development and will conduct a review of teaching and learning in the next two weeks, and then will be in a strong position to decide what specific actions are needed for the school to improve.”
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Notes to Editors
Paradigm Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, formed in September 2013, when the two founding schools, Old Ford Primary Academy (OFPA) and Culloden Primary Academy (CPA), converted to Academy status. In September 2014, Solebay Primary Academy (previously called CET Primary School Tower Hamlets) transferred to the Paradigm Trust.
Our Executive Principal is Amanda Phillips. She is a very experienced leader and is renowned for her tireless work to raise the achievement of pupils and students, often in the most challenging of circumstances. Her work as a National Leader for Education brings her into contact with a range of educational settings and organisations across the country. Her dedication, focus and success have resulted in securing a glowing reputation for OFPA and CPA, both nationally and internationally, and in her receiving a CBE in the New Year 2015 Honours’ List for services to education.