New head is appointed at Lutterworth College

Executive principal Andrew Cooper (left) and the new college principal Ben Solly
Executive principal Andrew Cooper (left) and the new college principal Ben Solly

Lutterworth College has appinted a new principal.

Ben Solly, who will be joining in August, is currently acting principal at Long Field Academy in Melton Mowbray, and has been appointed to oversee the day to day running of Lutterworth College.

Mr Solly, formerly an advanced skills teacher from the Black Country, joined Long Field four years ago and has progressed to become the acting principal this year.

He said: “I am very excited to be joining Lutterworth College at a time when there is significant development taking place.

“I am especially looking forward to working with a group of teachers who have a proven track record of delivering high quality results at GCSE and A Level. From what I have experienced in Melton, this staff expertise is the most crucial aspect of ensuring age range change is successful.”

The appointment will enable Lutterworth College’s current executive principal Andrew Cooper to lead the development of The Lutterworth Academies Trust.

The trust has been formed with the approval of thesecretary of state for education and is made up of Lutterworth College and The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, which is opening in September.

The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is set to open near Lutterworth College in Bitteswell Road in September 2014, and will be the third ever studio school in the country.

The school will be an academy for students aged between 14 and 19.

It will have a maximum size of 300 students offering specialist training in engineering, travel and tourism and retail and logistics.

Mr Cooper said he hopes the appointment will help the college go from strength to strength and Mr Solly’s experience will be crucial when the school welcomes year seven students for the first time in September 2015.

He said: “We are thrilled to secure Ben as the head of college and I look forward to working with him to lead Lutterworth College as it goes from strength to strength.

“He will bring significant experience of key stage three excellence as well as successful transition work at year seven, which will be crucial for us as we hope to welcome our first cohort of year seven students in September 2015.”

The school is holding an open evening for prospective year seven students on Wednesday, June 18.

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