New year, new principal for Westergate school

Umbar Sharif
Umbar Sharif

ORMISTON Six Villages Academy will see in the new year with a new principal.

Umbar Sharif, deputy headteacher at Highbury Grove School, in Islington, will move to the academy in Lime Avenue, Westergate, where she will work alongside the recently appointed executive principal, Rob Carter.

The principal’s role had been filled on an interim basis over the past few months by Sean O’Neill, who an academy spokesman said “has done an excellent job for students and families”.

During Umbar’s time at Highbury Grove, the school’s Ofsted rating increased from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’.

She spent time training graduates in Pakistan and she has previously been a school governor.

Toby Salt, chief executive of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said: “I am delighted to welcome Umbar to the OAT family. We are incredibly grateful to Rob Carter for his hard work during this period, and with Umbar’s wealth of experience in education and infectious enthusiasm, I am sure in the new year they will make a great team.”

Speaking about her appointment, Umbar said: “I am thrilled that I have been appointed as principal of Ormiston Six Villages and look forward to meeting students and parents in the new year.

“To be joining such a committed team of staff and stakeholders is a real privilege.”

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