Lingfield Education Trust has appointed a brand new schools improvement lead and executive headteacher to its leadership team.

Mark Dent, 37, has joined the Multi-Academy Trust, which has its head office at Lingfield Point in Darlington and comprises six schools across Darlington and Teesside. With 16 years of experience in teaching and having qualified as an Ofsted inspector, Mark will also take on the role of Executive Head at Cambrai Community Primary School which will open in September 2019 in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

He said: “My new role will initially see me working with all of the schools across Lingfield Education Trust to support team development and school initiatives. I’m hugely looking forward to working as part of a Multi Academy Trust, helping to share knowledge and best practice.

“I’ll also be responsible for the NQTs across the Trust and it is an absolute privilege to help those who are new to teaching and coach them into being future leaders in education.”

Originally from Bishop Auckland, Mark has a wealth of robust teaching experience across the North East, having worked at schools in Newton Aycliffe, as an advisory teacher for Durham County Council, as deputy head at Thornhill School in Shildon and then as headteacher at Cheveley Park in Durham, where he also trained as an Ofsted inspector.

Nick Blackburn, chief executive of Lingfield Education Trust, said: “Mark’s appointment is a really exciting one for us as we look to further strengthen our leadership team at the Trust and grow our network of schools across County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire. Our vision is to make the biggest difference to children in our schools and the communities in which they live and Mark’s work in continuing the hard work of our excellent teaching teams will certainly help us to achieve this.”
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