Appointment of new principal for DSLV

A general view of the DSLV campus.
A general view of the DSLV campus.

A new principal of the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) has been appointed and will take over in September.

Simon Cotton, who is the currently at the top job at Kingsbury School in Warwickshire, will be the replacement for David Howell at the start of the next academic year.

E-Act, the sponsor of the DSLV academy, stated the firm hopes the appointment will make a massive difference to the school.

A spokesman for E-ACT said:“We’re absolutely delighted to appoint Simon Cotton as DSLV’s new principal.

“His track record of improvement is impressive, having led his current school, Kingsbury School, to success as the 40th most improved school in the country in 2013.

“DSLV is truly an academy at the heart of its community and Simon is committed to strengthening that relationship even more whilst focusing relentlessly on tangible outcomes for the academy’s young people.”

Mr Cotton’s current school is based between Sutton Colefield and Tamworth and is a specialist school for teaching mathematics and science. Mr Cotton has been in charge at Kingsbury since April 2008 and prior to that he was the deputy headteacher of the Broadway School in Birmingham.

He has been responsible for improving standards, with 67 per cent of youngsters at Kingsbury achieving A* to C grades in five or more subjects including English and maths in 2013. In 2008 just 35 per cent of youngsters at the school achieved the same level.

In 2013, 73 per cent of Kingsbury pupils achieved an A* to C grade in English, 72 per cent reached the same standards in mathematics and 90 per cent of students achieved highly in science.

Kingsbury was most recently inspected by Ofsted in November 2013 and was given the grade of ‘requires improvement’. The new appointment comes following the resignation of David Howell in November last year.

No reason for his departure was revealed but the acting principal of the learning village, Angie Lakey, said she believed that his departure was due to personal reasons.

The news of the appointment was revealed in a letter which was sent home to parents before half term.