Olive Academies is pleased to announce that Collette Hunnisett will be taking up her post as Executive Headteacher with responsibility for Olive AP Academy – Havering and Olive AP Academy – Thurrock from 4 January 2021.
This is a significant appointment for Olive Academies. Collette was appointed headteacher of Olive AP Academy – Thurrock in April 2019 and since then has been unwavering in her commitment to OA students and staff. She has built partnerships with the local authority, schools and community groups and developed a creative and imaginative curriculum.
Along with her team, Collette has been dedicated to keeping the wellbeing of students, families and staff at the heart of the academy – which in this challenging year has been more important than ever.
Collette shares the Trust’s ambition to continue to develop both academies into centres of excellence that give our students the opportunities they deserve and demonstrate the best inclusive practice in education.
In Havering, Collette will be supported in this task by the newly appointed Head of Academy, Gary Haines. Gary has worked as deputy headteacher at Olive AP Academy – Havering since Easter 2018, bringing a background in school improvement and alternative provision to the academy.
Ray Lawrence, who as headteacher of Olive AP Academy – Havering has for the last two and half years worked tirelessly to improve the educational experience for the young people in his care, will be continuing to work with the Trust.
Ray says, ‘Following the recent Executive Headteacher interviews, I would like to pass on my congratulations and best wishes to Collette Hunnisett on her appointment to this new role. I have now decided to enter a new phase of my career as a leadership consultant and I am delighted to have been offered a position as an Associate for the Trust, so that I can continue to support the work of Olive Academies going forward.’
The Trust would like to thank Ray for all his work for Olive AP Academy – Havering, and looks forward to working with him in his new role after Christmas.