Rushcliffe’s Mr Painton appointed as Principal

The Spencer Academies Trust and Rushcliffe School are delighted to announce that Head of School Damian Painton will take up a new permanent post as Principal of Rushcliffe from September 2019.

Current Executive Principal Mr Lewis leaves the Academy at the end of the 2018-19 academic year in order to take up a position as a Principal with an outstanding school in York.

During Mr Lewis’ time at Rushcliffe, the Academy has secured and maintained its Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status, and was the first in the region to earn World Class Status for the excellence and wide-ranging nature of the education available.

In 2016 Rushcliffe was one of only eight schools throughout the UK to be shortlisted for TES ‘Secondary School of the Year.’

In 2017 Mr Lewis was recognised as Head Teacher of the Year at the Nottingham Post Education Awards.

As Mr Lewis moves on to an exciting new challenge, the directors of The Spencer Academy Trust and governors of Rushcliffe School have been through a rigorous process to find the right person to take the school forward.

Following applications from a strong field including interest from across country, Mr Painton’s appointment has been confirmed.

As an existing senior leader at Rushcliffe, Mr Painton brings to the role a strong appreciation of Spencer Academies Trust values and his own clear and robust vision for excellence at Rushcliffe.

Trust CEO Paul West said: “We are delighted to have appointed Damian to the position of Principal at Rushcliffe School – joining our team of outstanding Academy Principals. Damian’s appointment shows our commitment to continued excellence in education at Rushcliffe School and creates an opportunity to lead and drive forward a compelling vision for the future of education for the wider West Bridgford and Rushcliffe area.”

Damian Painton said: “I am so pleased to have been appointed as Head Teacher at Rushcliffe. The school has a strong tradition of ensuring that the children in our community are academically successful and supported as they develop into kind, compassionate young men and women with the values, skills, experiences and personal qualities needed to thrive as global citizens.

‘I am committed to continuing this ‘whole child’ tradition, and look forward to working with pupils, staff, parents and the local community to build on all we have already achieved so that Rushcliffe children continue to shine.”