Head of “Outstanding” Burlington Danes Academy appointed Director of United Learning’s Southern Academies
Dame Sally Coates, Principal of the ARK Burlington Danes Academy has been appointed Director of United Learning’s southern academies.
Dame Sally will take up her post in September and will oversee the performance of United Learning’s 15 secondary academies and free schools in southern England including its outstanding academies in Shoreham, Midhurst and Paddington.
Announcing the appointment, Jon Coles, Chief Executive said:
'Sally Coates is one of the most inspiring leaders in education today. Her work at Burlington Danes in building a previous struggling school to become the outstanding academy it is today is admired and respected across the education sector. I am very pleased that Sally will be joining United Learning, not only because of her excellent track record, but also because her approach and educational values fit so well with our own.'
Dame Sally Coates said:
'Having built and led a previously failing school to Outstanding whilst contributing more widely across ARK’s academies, I am very excited about the opportunity this role in United Learning offers. United Learning’s approach is one of collaboration and peer support that I admire and look forward to working within. In particular, its unique partnership between its independent schools and academies provides opportunities that no other schools group in the UK is able to offer.'
'As academy status becomes the norm for secondary schools in England, the role of Groups is increasingly important. The ability to develop staff, build successful national partnerships and share best practice between similar schools wherever they are in the country is increasingly significant and beneficial. United Learning is at the forefront of this and I am delighted to be joining the team.'
Dame Sally will join an experienced group of senior leaders at United Learning including David Levin, former Headmaster of City of London School who begins this month as Director of its independent schools.