Burnham Park Academy principal to step down

Burnham Park Academy principal to step down

James Harrison

Burnham Park Academy principal to step down

The principal of the E-Act Burnham Park Academy, Russell Denial, is to step down in July after just two years at the helm.

The departure of Mr Denial from Burnham Park was confirmed in a statement issued by the school yesterday (Wednesday).

According to the release, ‘after two successful years at the academy’ Mr Denial is due to move on to ‘new challenges and opportunities’ with a new job as principal of another school in September.

When the Advertiser went to press yesterday, it was not known whether the news had been made known to staff, pupils or parents.

The Opendale Road academy and its sponsor, E-ACT was also yet to respond to questions about when and why Mr Denial handed in his notice, when a replacement was expected to be selected and whether he would be moving to another E-ACT school.

According to its website, E-ACT operates a further 23 throughout the country.

Mr Denial took up the post in September 2014, seven months after Ofsted published the results of an inspection which rated the school as ‘requires improvement’, but also praised its leadership and management.

Before taking the top job at Burnham Park, he spent 11 years as deputy headteacher at Bishopshalt School and Abbotsfield School for Boys in Hillingdon.

The news of his departure comes after it was announced in January that the E-ACT schools’ local governing bodies were to be scrapped and replaced with ‘academy ambassadorial advisory bodies’ which would no longer be involved in hiring senior staff and monitoring budgets and standards.

Mr Denial could not be contacted for comment.

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