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New Principal for Ely College named

Today, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust was pleased to be able to confirm that the Trustees and Academy Council have appointed Mr Simon Warburton to work alongside Mr Spencer as the new College Principal from September.

Earlier this term, it was announced to parents that the current Principal, Richard Spencer, will be taking on a new role from September as Executive Principal. Mr Spencer will continue to take a substantial lead in the strategic direction of the college, and will remain a regular day-to-day presence in school, but will also spend time working more widely across Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust.

Mr Warburton is an experienced senior leader, having held Deputy Head roles at Hitchin Boys' School and Impington Village College. The father-of-two is a scientist married to a musician and is, therefore, equally devoted to the sciences and performing arts! Simon worked for 15 years in schools across Hertfordshire, before moving to Impington Village College 5 years ago. Whilst at Impington, he has led a number of strategies to improve the mental health and wellbeing for staff and students and has played a key role in the impressive reputation that Impington Village College now possesses.


Mr Warburton said "I am thrilled to have been appointed as College Principal of Ely College for September. The huge progress made by Mr Spencer, his senior team, all the staff, students, parents and trustees means that I will be leading a community who are rightly incredibly proud of their school. The five CMAT core values are fundamental to my belief in what constitutes the goal of education: maximising the full benefit of 7 years at Ely College to empower learners to discover their lifelong joy, be confident, respectful and successful members of their communities and enthuse in others the wonder of learning and pride in overcoming challenges."


Mr Spencer said: “I am delighted that we have appointed Mr Warburton as Principal from September. He brings with him a wealth of experience, fresh ideas and energy. This is a very exciting time to be a part of Ely College and I am very much looking forward to delivering new developments alongside him over the next few years. Thank you to all staff, parents and carers for your support and encouragement so far and I hope you will join me in welcoming Mr Warburton to our community.”