Helena Brothwell had been employed within the Education Directorate at DALP for two years when she was given the opportunity to help lead a re-brokered academy in special measures. This is her second year as principal of Queen Elizabeth's Academy, following seven years of leadership in schools facing challenging circumstances.
I’m starting 2017/18 after my first year as principal at a school in challenging circumstances, which has been in and out of special measures for several Ofsted cycles. We all know what a school like this looks like on paper, but I hadn’t considered the damage that this does to the core fabric of a school. The climate at Queen Elizabeth's Academy was broken and needed urgent attention.