Head is appointed for MAP2 primary
A HEADTEACHER has been appointed for the new Marine Academy Primary (MAP2) due to open in St Budeaux this September.
Aaron Meredith is currently headteacher at Ernesettle Community School and he will retain that position as he takes on the headteacher designate top job at MAP2.
Mr Meredith, aged 33, has been headteacher at the Ernesettle school for three years, prior to that he was assistant headteacher at the Salisbury Road Primary School.
Mr Meredith will work with Marine Academy Plymouth and its sponsors to further develop the curriculum and recruit staff.
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He said: "I'm really pleased to be taking up this position, and honoured and excited to have been invited to help start a school with such a clear ethos and vision for primary education.
"Having grown up in the local area and being a former pupil of Tamarside Community College, I want to inspire, and provide fantastic opportunities for the children of our community.
"Marine Academy Plymouth has already begun to raise the aspirations and prospects of the area, and I hope to add to this.
"I believe primary education provides children with the foundations for learning, and shaping their futures is a privilege which I thoroughly enjoy; being a headteacher is, for me, the best job in the world.
"All-through education provides the opportunity for 'seamless' progression through the key stages.
"The vision and values of MAP, and its sponsors, will allow the students of our community to achieve the standards that will enable them to have real choices, to go on to university or the career of their choice."
MAP2 is one of Plymouth's first free schools, set up by the Marine Academy Trust it is sponsored by Plymouth University, Cornwall College and Plymouth City Council.
MAP2 aims to bridge the gap between Shining Stars Nursery and Marine Academy Plymouth, creating Plymouth's first all-through school.
Mr Meredith will be working with the Marine Academy Trust to turn the MAP2 vision into reality, drawing on the sponsors' expertise in establishing successful educational institutions.
Helen Mathieson, principal at Marine Academy Plymouth, said: "On behalf of everyone at Marine Academy Plymouth and the sponsors, I can say that we are absolutely delighted to have attracted someone of Mr Meredith's calibre to join our team.
"His work at Ernesettle speaks for itself and MAP2 will benefit from his expertise and leadership.
"Ernesettle is part of the same community as Marine Academy Plymouth and we already work together, as we do with other primary schools within the area.
"It makes sense to put those strengths together, work on the curriculum together, work on the ethos and values together that will mean our students have a seamless education moving through the stages at their own pace rather than simply because they have reached this age or that age."
MAP2 will be a primary 'Free School'; it will open its doors for up to 60 Reception and 30 Year 1 pupils, at the Trevithick Road campus.
Free schools are all-ability, state-funded schools set up in response to demand.
MAP2 will be purpose built on Marine Academy Plymouth's campus in St Budeaux.
A date will be announced in the near future so prospective parents can meet Mr Meredith and find out more about the school.