Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Who’s new this week?

Your weeky guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

Andrew Milliken, Headteacher, Folkestone Academy

Start date: September 2017
Current job: Head of school, Sedgehill School, south London
Interesting fact: He’s a historian whose favourite specialist subject is the Paris peace talks before the 1960s.


Chris Jessup, Executive principal, Wellspring Academy Trust, Barnsley

Start date: September 2017
Current job: Headteacher, Yarborough Academy, Grimsby
Interesting fact: He considered training as a chef before deciding to take up teaching.


Mark Lehain, Director, Parents and teachers for excellence

Start date: September 2017
Current job: Founder and head of Bedford Free School
Interesting fact: His first Saturday job as a teenager was as a conductor on a Routemaster bus. He later worked in retail banking for a couple of years before deciding that educating teenagers was more interesting.


Barry Smith, Subject specialist leader MFL, Inspiration Trust, Norwich

Start date: September 2017
Current job: Deputy head and co-founder of Michaela Community School, north London
Interesting fact: His favourite karaoke number is Papa Was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations.


Zoe Lightfoot, Headteacher, Hempland Primary School, York

Start date: September 2017
Current job: Head of school, Haxby Road Primary Academy, York
Interesting fact: She was “gunged” by pupils for Comic Relief this year, with BBC Radio York’s breakfast presenter Kay Crewdson.


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