New principal who sees ‘potential’ in Rainham school to start in September

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 June 2018

The new principal William Thompson with a group of Year 10 pupils. Picture: The Brittons Academy

The new principal William Thompson with a group of Year 10 pupils. Picture: The Brittons Academy

The Brittons Academy

A new principal, with a proven track record of bringing schools up to scratch, has been chosen to take on a new challenge.

William Thompson, former headteacher at The Forest Academy in Hainault, will become the principal at The Brittons Academy, Ford Lane, Rainham, starting from September, to his delight.

He says that he is passionate in his belief that the school has all of the right ingredients to rapidly become very successful and is looking forward to working with staff, parents and students as the school continues on its “improvement path”.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Forest Academy, but everything I have witnessed at Brittons has convinced me that this is the right school for me”, he said.

“From my informal look round prior to applying, through the two interview days and my subsequent visits and communication since I was appointed, everything has cemented my decision.

“I genuinely believe that Brittons is a school that has the potential to be great.

“Everyone I have met has welcomed me warmly and shares my passion to make Brittons even better.”

With eights years of leading a school and overseeing The Forest Academy’s progression from special measures to its current good Ofsted rating, those at Empower Learning Academy Trust which runs the school, thought he would be the perfect choice.

Chairman of governors David Forster said: “Governors believe we have secured a proven principal who can make Brittons a very good school for all its students.”

Following the last Ofsted inspection at the school in May last year, the academy was rated as requires improvement but it is hoped that Mr Thompson can help to make improvements in all areas such as quality of teaching, personal behaviour and outcomes for pupils.

To officially introduce himself as the new principal at The Brittons Academy, Mr Thompson will be inviting parents to meet him at the school on Thursday, June 14 at 6pm to talk more about his vision for the school’s future.

For more information about The Brittons Academy, visit


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