Over the last month Olive Academies’ trustees have undertaken a rigorous recruitment process to select a permanent headteacher for Olive AP Academy – Thurrock. This was a significant appointment for the Trust. We were pleased to receive applications from a large number of high-calibre candidates. Following an extensive selection and interview process Olive Academies is delighted to announce that Collette Hunnisett has been appointed as the permanent headteacher at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock.
Collette’s commitment to our students shone through her application and she impressed the appointment panel with her knowledge, leadership skills and understanding of the range of support our students need to succeed in education. Collette is already well known in the local community having worked for 19 years at Ormiston Park Academy in Essex.
Her career in education began as a science teacher, gaining Advanced Skills Teacher Status in Science, before going on to secure her role as Vice Principal responsible for the behaviour, wellbeing and safeguarding of pupils at Ormiston Park Academy.
Collette Hunnisett says, “My fundamental belief is that every young person has the ability and right to learn. I have always wanted to work in a school which gave children and young people access to more exciting and engaging learning opportunities. I am so pleased to have found that commitment to create an outstanding, imaginative curriculum at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock. Further developing a curriculum which will engage all our students and allow them to gain the skills and qualifications they want and need is a priority for me and the academy team. I am ambitious on behalf of our students, their families, the staff and Olive Academies’ trustees and, as headteacher, I look forward to working with the academy and local community.”
Mark Vickers, Chief Executive, Olive Academies says, “Collette has the skills and experience to ensure that the academy builds on the ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection it received last December. She is a leader who will successfully shape and develop the outstanding provision our students deserve. Collette shares my aspiration to further develop Olive Academies’ valued partnership with the local authority and our work with local schools and academies. It is this ongoing partnership work which is so vital in securing the best possible outcomes for our most vulnerable students.”