Staff Changes: Easter 2024

Wilmington Academy building

Dear Parents/Carers

Staff Changes: Easter 2024

I hope this letter finds you well. As we conclude the module, I am writing to inform you about some changes within our staff from Module 5.

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Mr Lonergan will be leaving his position of Vice Principal, Head of Minerva College, at Wilmington Academy. Mr Lonergan has been an invaluable member of the Wilmington family, contributing greatly to the success and growth of our students over the past few years. Whilst we are saddened to see him go, we are also excited for the new opportunities that lie ahead for him.

Mr Lonergan has been instrumental in leading Minerva College, curriculum design, assessment recording and reporting amongst many other roles. His dedication to our students’ well-being and academic achievement is truly commendable.

With Mr Lonergan leaving for a new adventure, I am delighted to welcome Mr Polden to the Wilmington Academy community. Following a national recruitment campaign, Mr Polden was appointed and he brings an array of skills and attributes which will help maintain the high standards and drive the academy on.

‘I am delighted to be joining Wilmington Academy, especially at such an exciting time in the school’s history. From my recent visits, it is clear that we continue to go from strength to strength, following the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading, and I am confident my skills and experience mean I can make a positive contribution to the school moving forward.

My guiding principle in education is to place the best interests of the students at the centre of everything I do, and I will work tirelessly to ensure our students have a positive and rewarding experience during their time with us.’

Alongside Mr Lonergan, I would also like to thank the following members of staff who are also leaving at Easter and wish them all the best in their next venture: Ms Mann, Miss Gibbs, Mrs Rowan, Mr Watson, Ms Sokolova and Ms Borell.

I am also pleased to announce that Mr Willington has been promoted to Coordinator of Music (his Head of Year responsibility will still remain) with Ms Cogswell taking on the responsibility as Coordinator of Psychology.

We understand that transitions like these can be unsettling, especially for students who have formed strong bonds with staff members. Rest assured, we will provide the necessary support to help our students navigate through this change.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr M Gore | Principal