Academy trust head quits job

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THE head of the educational body sponsoring the academy bid by both Daventry secondary schools, has quit.

Sir Bruce Liddington has unexpectedly left his £280,000-a-year position as director general of academies chain E-Act after a disagreement with the board.

E-Act has been helping both William Parker School and Danetre become an academy.

Sir Bruce has left the academy chain after a disagreement over expansion plans.

The Times Education Supplement reported that E-Act’s board, led by Noorzaman Rashid, felt Sir Bruce was attempting to expand the academy chain too quickly.

Sir Bruce was knighted in 2000 for his work at Northampton School for Boys which he turned from one of the most under performing to one of the best schools in the town.

He then went on to work for the Department for Education and Employment and became a central figure in the academies movement, before taking up the role of schools commissioner in 2006.

E-Act’s role is to provide the local academies with the support and expertise which they would have received from the county council, and also to help share ideas and initiatives throughout the E-Act group of schools.