HEART Academies Trust announce new CEO

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David Morris CEO Heart Academies trust
David Morris, new CEO of Heart Academies Trust

HEART Academies Trust has appointed a new CEO to oversee the running of Bedford Academy and three primaries: Cauldwell, Shackleton and Shortstown.

David Morris comes into the role from Coventry multi-academy trust, where he transformed eight out of their nine schools into Good and Outstanding.

He joins the Trust, after former CEO Claire Smith resigned over controversial plans to restructure head teacher and governors at their three primary schools.

The restructure would have seen an executive head teacher for all three schools appointed, replacing individual heads.

Governing bodies would also be removed and some other staff positions may also have been made redundant.

Read: CEO behind Bedford school shake-up resigns

Speaking of his successes in Coventry and how he may work with teachers and parents at HEART MAT, David said: “Head Teachers were supported to concentrate on the teaching and learning to ensure that rapid school improvement was achieved.

“I am very excited to be joining such an active and committed community around the HEART Academies Trust.

“I am really looking forward to working with and supporting our Head Teachers to deliver the outstanding results that our parents want for their children.”

Recently appointed Chair of HEART Academies Trust, David Hoare added: “When we at HEART met David Morris and talked to him we realised he was a candidate of outstanding talent and experience in supporting both primary and secondary schools”.

Read: New chairman of HEART MAT board says “it’s time to move on together”