Appointment of Primary Executive Principals

Following the recent appointment of Academies Directors, we are now delighted to announce the appointment of two new Executive Primary Principal positions. These two additional appointments strengthen the Trust further as we grow to 23 open academies, nearly half of which are primaries.

The first is in North-West Kent with responsibility for Dartford Primary, Hartley Primary and Cherry Orchard Primary, reporting to Tracey Trusler as Academies Director for North-West Kent and South-East London. This post will be undertaken by Sarah Goosani, currently Principal of Hartley Primary, judged outstanding by Ofsted. In addition to her current role, Sarah is already providing executive leadership support to Leigh Academies Trust’s new Medway primaries, a role she will continue until the end of this academic year. Sarah brings detailed existing knowledge of Dartford Primary to her new post having sat on its development group since she joined the Trust back in Easter 2016.

Sarah commented: “The last three years have been a wonderful journey and I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing team at Hartley. I believe that we have gone from strength to strength driving our Vision for all to be ‘Happy, Positive’ Achievers’ and I see this Vision in action every day. Along the way I have also spent time with the talented and dedicated staff at both Dartford Primary Academy and Cherry Orchard Primary Academy. To have the opportunity to further cement those relationships beyond Hartley and support the leaders at these academies is exciting and a privileged. I am very much looking forward to continuing my work at Hartley in a new capacity and starting a new venture with Julie and the leaders at COPA and DPA”.

The second post is in Medway with responsibility for LAT’s new primary academies which joined the Trust following the January 2019 Williamson merger. This role will also involve responsibility for The Hundred of Hoo Nursery and Kids Club and report to Debbie Biggenden as Academies Director for Medway and Central Kent. This post will be undertaken by Karen Major, currently Executive Principal for Dartford and Cherry Orchard Primaries. Karen led Dartford Primary to a good Ofsted judgement in 2018. As York Road Juniors it joined the Trust initially in special measures. She has also played a strong part in helping Cherry Orchard Primary, which opened as a brand new school in the Ebbsfleet Garden City in September 2017, to swiftly become one of the most popular choices for parents in the area. Karen’s deep experience of early years will be of considerable value in her new post; she will be widely missed having led St Albans Infants and now Dartford Primary for the past twelve years.

Karen said: “I am delighted and excited to be taking on the role of Executive Principal for the Medway Primaries, including the Hundred of Hoo Nursery. I have been in Dartford for twelve years now and it will be a wrench to leave what feels like my second home, but I know Sarah will look after it well !! I feel proud to be part of LAT at this exciting time of its growth and look forward to building relationships and working with new colleagues”.

Both new posts are effective from September. These two exciting appointments now require us to find new Principals for both Dartford and Hartley Primaries. We are confident of filling these positions with strong candidates. We will keep you up to date once these processes have completed.

Simon Beamish
Chief Executive