Nia Salt, Kirstie Fulthorpe and Matthew Warren

Nia Salt, Kirstie Fulthorpe and Matthew Warren

Nia Salt is to take over as principal of Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise academy when the current head Dave Smith leaves next month.

She has been vice-principal at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Stoke-on-Trent for the past five years.

Before joining Ormiston, Salt was assistant principal at Sir William Stanier academy, in Crewe.

She says she believes, above everything else, in “hard work” and “graft”, something that she says she instils into her pupils.

“The one key reason I think I have been successful is from hard work and application. You don’t just get by on your talent, it is about the work you put into it.”

Salt also worked as a consultant at East Cheshire Council and led a unit for pupils with behavioural difficulties at Victoria community school, in Crewe.

She has a degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Manchester, and a PGCE from Keele.

Kirstie Fulthorpe is the new regional academies director for primary schools in London and the south east at Oasis Community Learning.

The former principal of Harris primary academy Philip Lane, north London, says her new role will focus on developing other staff to become as “effective as possible”, particularly the trust’s principals. She will provide both “challenge and support” when she visits the schools.

She also says that her aim for the academies is to have their overall effectiveness judged as 100 per cent good and 50 per cent outstanding by Ofsted.

Fulthorpe says she was always “passionate” about education, even as a toddler, and recalls playing headteacher with a Fisher Price Play School.

She has worked mainly in primary schools and early years education for
the past 24 years, including a spell as senior officer responsible for primary quality standards at the London borough
of Islington. She was also an Ofsted inspector.

Matthew Warren has been appointed headteacher at Presdales school, Hertfordshire, an 11 to 18 girls’ academy with a mixed sixth form.

Warren, who starts in September, is currently deputy head at nearby Roundwood Park school, and says he is “privileged” to continue developing “outstanding academic achievement” as well as “all-round” students at Presdales, qualities that he believes are of “equal importance”.

“I am passionate about ensuring that all students reach and surpass their potential and that they develop attributes and learning habits that will support them in careers that may not have even been thought of as yet.

“At Roundwood Park, we work very closely with the other schools in Harpenden and St Albans. I look forward to developing close working relationships with schools that are local to Presdales at both primary and secondary phase.”

Warren, who has more than 16 years’ teaching experience, studied trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music before completing a PGCE at Middlesex.