Welcome to the Sir Herbert Leon Academy

My name is Gill Salver and I have recently taken over the role of Principal at Sir Herbert Leon Academy.  I will be in this post until our new Head of School, Dr Jo Trevenna, takes up the position of Head of School in September.  I will then take on the role of Executive Principal three days a week to support Dr Trevenna and the Leadership Team over the coming year.  Mr Sim will revert to his previous role of Senior Vice-Principal.

The Academy has undergone a great deal of turbulence in the last two years and my aim will be to try to create stability so we can sustain and embed the new structures and systems.  We know we have to continue to recruit high quality teachers, to attract more students into the Academy, to improve the quality of feedback, respond to the changing curriculum which the government is implementing….and much more.  Identifying areas for development and acting upon them will be the key to our future success.

Some of you may recognise my name.  I worked at Leon School for 21 years before leaving to take up the position of Senior Vice Principal at The Duston School in Northampton which, after its own challenging past, has now achieved Outstanding status.  I worked with three exceptional Headteachers during my previous time here: Mr Bruce Abbott, Dr Stephen Pam and Mr Simon Viccars.  To be following in their footsteps is an honour.  My elder son attended Post 16 here at SHLA so I have first-hand experience of how well the academy can support and develop students.

Although I enjoyed my time in Northampton I am really excited at the opportunity of returning to an academy such as SHLA, which is at the heart of the community.  The students here are so welcoming and so keen to succeed and I am determined that they shall be offered the best opportunities so they can leave SHLA with the skills and resilience they need to be happy and successful in their future lives.  I want them to be really proud of their school and their community.

Dr Trevenna has also worked at SHLA before which I believe is a real positive as she understands the needs of the school and developed really positive relationships with students, staff and parent during this time.

I look forward to working with you and your children and meeting as many of you as possible,


Gill Salver BA (Hons), PGCE, ACCEG, NPQH










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