Controversial Bolingbroke Academy appoints headteacher Claire Edis

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By akadri | Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 17:27

ARK Schools has appointed Claire Edis, current deputy headteacher of Parliament Hill School, London, a girls' comprehensive, as the headteacher of the Bolingbroke Academy that has caused so much controversy over the last year.


Ms Edis has been deputy head teacher of Parliament Hill School since 2006. She has lead responsibility for the school's technology college specialism and for raising attainment in maths and science and design technology. She has also played a leadership role in the key stage 3, 4 and 5 curriculum and in managing behaviour and in the school's provision of careers guidance and support.


ARK's Director of Education, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said: "Claire has tremendous experience across all the areas that are key to creating and maintaining high standards across a school. Ofsted made clear in their inspection in November that Parliament Hill's leadership team was crucial to achieving its outstanding rating and fully recognised the part Claire played in that achievement. I have worked with Claire as she's sought to develop her career and I think she will make an exceptional principal for Bolingbroke Academy and make it a high achieving and successful school for local children."


Claire Edis said: "I am delighted to be appointed to lead Bolingbroke. It is an extraordinary privilege to help create a new school and even more so to do so with the support of parents and ARK as the school's sponsor."

She says children from "every background" will have the chance to do well at this school - some had concerns that the school favoured more well off students.

They will begin recruiting for staff in January 2012. If you would like to send a speculative application to be kept on file, please email



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