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Delight from new Academy’s Principal

25 June 2010 @TeesUniNews


Freebrough Academy Trust has announced the appointment of Linda Halbert as its first Principal and Chief Executive.

Freebrough Academy is sponsored by Teesside University, Prior Pursglove College, Redcar and Cleveland Council, with Redcar and Cleveland College as an educational partner.

Mrs Halbert, 50, is from Washington, Tyne and Wear. She is an Education graduate of Nottingham University and comes to her new role with nearly 30 years teaching and management experience, from various posts in secondary schools in Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside. Before joining Freebrough Mrs Halbert worked as a Head Teacher for eight years in a Tyneside Secondary School.

'I always wanted to be a teacher Mrs Halbert said: 'I always wanted to be a teacher; I never wanted to do anything different. I realised I could have a bigger influence in changing the life chances of young people as a leader so aspired to achieve that. I am delighted to have been appointed as the Principal and Chief Executive of Freebrough Academy. The Academy will bring fantastic opportunities for students, staff and the community. 'Our new specialism of business and enterprise, the expertise and support of our sponsors, our focus on Learning and Teaching, and the development of an innovative curriculum will be major drivers in achieving our vision to be an outstanding school. 'Through our specialism I want to build lots of links with the University, our main sponsor. I’m keen to collaborate with educationalists and am also looking forward to the opportunity of working closely with staff, students and parents to prepare for the new school year in September. I’m really keen to develop groups of students to work with other new students to help their induction into the new Academy. The student voice and student involvement will be a really big part of the academy’s organisation and development.' Lynn Parker, Director of Educational Partnerships at Teesside University who are the lead sponsor said: 'We are delighted that Linda Halbert has agreed to become the Academy’s Principal and Chief Executive. We look forward to working with our co-sponsors and making a real contribution to the education and development of young people in the East Cleveland area.'