• Wed. Jun 19th, 2024

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Former student comes full circle as principal


Mr. Adam Palmer, a former student at Dyke House Academy in Hartlepool, is proof that hard work really does pay off with the announcement that he has been promoted to principal.

After completing his teacher training at Dyke House in 2004, he was already working at the school when it converted to a Northern Education Trust academy in 2013.  His progressively more responsible roles demonstrate a huge talent for teaching and leadership as well as a highly successful career path, firstly as a PE teacher before moving on to assistant head of year, head of year, assistant principal, vice principal and then acting principal, a role he took up in September 2017. Mr Palmer is now permanent principal at the academy.

Mr Palmer, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking up the post.  When I began as acting principal, the school was already in a good place but since then, we have implemented the trust NORTHERN model of school improvement which ensures even the most vulnerable student is given the support and encouragement they need to reach their potential.  Seeing students leave Dyke House with excellent outcomes gives me immense pride.  I am also incredibly fortunate to work alongside an amazing team of staff that care so much about our students’ progress.    As a former Dyke House student, I feel honoured to be part of this journey of improvement and to be in a position to make a real difference to the life chances of students and the aspirations of our community.”

Mr Tarn, Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust praised the work of students and staff at Dyke House, saying: “As a trust we value our staff and provide them with opportunities to grow and develop. I congratulate Mr Palmer on his appointment and I know he will continue to work diligently with a team of staff who make every decision based on what is best for children. The students at Dyke House deserve the very best quality of education which is what we will continue to provide”.