Search

New headteacher excited by ‘amazing opportunity’ at the Archer Academy

12:00 11 November 2012

Archer Academy headteacher Mick Quigley.

Archer Academy headteacher Mick Quigley.

© London Borough of Barnet

Barnet education boss Mick Quigley has a lot to do before taking the reins of a new free school which is due to open next year.

Last month, he was appointed as inaugural headteacher of Archer Academy, a secondary school which will take on children from Hampstead Garden Suburb and surrounding areas from September 2013.

In just 10 months, the 52-year-old is tasked with formulating a curriculum, recruiting a team of staff and finding a building.

However, the father-of-two is undaunted by the challenge.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity to start a school from scratch,” said Mr Quigley.

“We have a very strong group who want to provide the very best education for children in their community.

“I feel honoured and excited to be appointed as the first headteacher and I can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be fantastic.”

In July, a group of parents and campaigners were given the go-ahead from the Department for Education (DfE) to set up the school under the government’s free schools initiative after their request to Barnet Council for a new secondary was turned down.

Mr Quigley will leave his current post as assistant director of schools and learning at the council to take on the headteacher role in January.

Having announced Mr Quigley’s appointment last month, the academy’s next priority is to secure a site for the school within the East Finchley area.

After the venue is confirmed, Mr Quigley will begin forming a teaching team ahead of the arrival of 150 Year 7 pupils in September.

He said: “To have the opportunity to hand-pick all your staff is an amazing opportunity.

“We think the Archer Academy is an inspirational concept so we think that will attract the very best staff.”

The initial cohort of 150 children, the minimum number required by the DfE for the Archer Academy to open, will be divided into six forms and will have the opportunity to stay at the school until the age of 18.

Mr Quigley, who spent nine years as a primary school headteacher before joining Barnet Council, insists there will be an emphasis on English and maths in the new curriculum.

He said: “What we want is a curriculum that will be relevant to children who are growing up in London in the 21st century. Something which will help them lead a successful adult life.”

Prospective parents are invited to an open meeting at Brookland Junior School, in Hill Top, Hampstead Garden Suburb, on November 28, when Mr Quigley will outline his plans for the school and take any questions from parents.

The deadline for applications to the school is February 13.

To find out more or submit an application visit www.thearcheracademy.org.uk

0 comments

Latest News Stories

The Highgate Society debated the economics of austerity with Vicky Pryce, and Ewen Stewart with students, Benedict Milner from Highgate School and Zelda Feldman from La Sainte Union School.

Vicky Pryce, the Greek-born economist who was jailed for perverting the course of justice, told an audience in Highgate last night that austerity is not the answer to the UK’s economic problems.

Lynne Featherstone celebrates the release of her book Equal Ever After outoside the House of Lords. Photo: Polly Hancock

Lynne Featherstone, former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, didn’t waste much time after losing her seat in the Lib Dem cull of last year’s general election.

08:00
The Queen Mother opening the hospice

It is a national charity which traces its roots to Hampstead – and now it is appealing for new recruits in its hospice.

The Mayor of Haringey Cllr Jennifer Mann, signs Hornsey Pensioners Action group's Dignity Action Day petition  calling for Better Care Now! Photo: Nigel Sutton

Intrepid members of Hornsey Pensioners’ Action Group braved Storm Henry to call for the rights of elderly people as part of Dignity Action Day on February 1.

Yesterday, 20:38
Crouch End neighbourhood forum members Dave Winskill, Sally Mustoe & Mark Afford

Yesterday, 18:29
Headteacher John Dowd spoke at the tribunal. Picture: Nigel Sutton

An employment tribunal has today rejected a former teaching assistant’s claims that she was discriminated against because of her disability.

Yesterday, 17:42
James Flanagan was jailed for the assault

A Kentish Town man has been jailed for a “sustained, cowardly and vicious” attack which left a top sports journalist in a coma.

Yesterday, 15:39
The proposed strike has been called off Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A 48-hour Tube strike due to start tomorrow evening has been called off.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe