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Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, to appoint new head as Anna Martin moves into new executive role




Magnus Church of England Academy is to appoint a new head as its current one Anna Martin moves into a new executive role.

The current assistant head Jim Semmelroth will take on Anna Martin's job.

The trust that runs Magnus — Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust (SNMAT) — is to take on Bluecoat Meres Academy and Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy in Grantham, part of West Grantham Academy Trust (WGAT).

Current head at Magnus Anna Martin. (41861110)
Current head at Magnus Anna Martin. (41861110)

Anna Martin will be the new executive principal over both Magnus and Bluecoat Meres Academy.

Since her appointment in 2016, Mrs Martin has overseen rapid improvement at Magnus, which is now judged to be a good school by Ofsted.

Preparations for the conversion will continue during the autumn term.

The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust. (41861104)
The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust. (41861104)

Anna Martin said: “It is testament to the transformation and success that we have achieved at Magnus in the past four years that we have been assigned this opportunity to sponsor West Grantham Academy Trust (WGAT) on their journey.

"We will support the group of schools within the WGAT trust to achieve their full potential within a strong network of schools, benefitting young people in both Newark and Grantham alike.”

Jim Semmelroth said: “During recent years, alongside rapid improvements in outcomes for students at Magnus, staff, including myself, have also benefited from high quality CPD and career development opportunities.

"This has created a vastly strengthened leadership team at Magnus and a model that has achieved success for students and enables us to now share our expertise with another school.

"I am delighted after ten years of working at Magnus in a range of roles, that I am able to continue my leadership journey here and lead the school on its continued journey of success.

“We know that Magnus can continue on its upward trajectory and share the expertise gained to create even greater opportunities for students within Newark, and now with our neighbours in Grantham.

"We know that together we will be strengthened, each benefitting from the relationship which will ultimately improve prospects for students in both towns.”



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