Lodge Park’s new head says school has bright future

New head of Lodge Park School, Corby, Toby Mullins.

New head of Lodge Park School, Corby, Toby Mullins.

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The new principal of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, says the school is back on track and heading in the right direction.

Toby Mullins, 51, has taken up the role after spending 16 years as the headmaster of Seaford College, a private school in Chichester.

In January the school, in Shetland Way, changed to an academy, and is now under the wing of the David Ross Foundation Trust. In September 2011 it was placed in special measures but Mr Mullins is confident it is on the road to success.

He said: “It is a new era. The school has tremendous potential, clever children and great staff.

“We are the only academy in Corby which is not in a new building but the classrooms and facilities are very good. A school is not about the buildings but what goes on inside.

“Exam results improved last year and we are looking forward to even better results this year. Our aim is to move everything forward.”

The school has changed its logo and will be introducing new elements to its uniform later in the year.

Mr Mullins said: “Even before I arrived, my two deputies at the school had made excellent progress.

“What we want to do is ensure everyone at Lodge Park Academy has a sense of pride in the school. We want our pupils to have ambition and good self esteem.

“It is a challenge but I’m loving it and I’m able to look at the school with a fresh eye.”

The David Ross Education Trust has a number of academies in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, including the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton.

Mr Mullins said: “We receive a lot of direction from the trust which is dedicated to improving schools.

“The biggest advantage to the school is that by becoming an academy it offered the chance for the whole package to be re-evaluated and discover where fundamental changes needed to be made.

“The school was looked at with a fresh eye. Lodge Park is a great school and will remain a great school.”