Proud principal to leave Burnham Park Academy in August

Proud principal to leave Burnham Park Academy in August

Michael Owens

Proud principal to leave Burnham Park Academy in August

The first principal of The E-ACT Burnham Park Academy will leave at the end of August.

Nabil Chaaban will say goodbye to Burnham Park Academy after exam results in August


Nabil Chaaban took over in April 2012 when the school officially opened in Opendale Road.

It replaced Burnham Upper School, which was placed in special measures in March 2011.

Since then he has been in charge during a period of transformation as the school's Ofsted rating improved and exam results soared.

"I came here to do a job," he said.

"I know the kids were capable but I know the odds were against us.

"The Burnham and Slough kids especially have character and if you build on that it flourishes."

The changes rang in as school sponsor E-Act provided 'substantial investment' to bring in new staff, equipment and facilities that were capable of giving students the best education possible.

By August 56 per cent of pupils gained five A*-C grades including English and maths at GCSE compared to just 34 per cent in 2011.

These results helped to change the school's reputation.

It struggled to attract pupils, but now most of year groups are at capacity.

All of these factors have contributed to what Mr Chaaban said was his biggest achievement.

"The thing that makes me smile most is the kids are proud of (their school) now," said the former executive director and global head of IT for an international bank.

He added grades were predicted to be even better this year and he will be there to celebrate with his students next month before he leaves for good.

He also said he had 'no doubt' that would be the catalyst for Burnham Park improving from ‘requires improvement’ with good features to 'good' the next time Ofsted inspectors visit in about two years.

Mr Chaaban will take over as headteacher at The Radcliffe School in Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

New principal Russell Denial, of Bishopshalt School in Hillingdon, is due to take over in September.

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