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Thorpe Hall head is appointed to top job with independent schools group
A THORPE Bay headteacher will lead the national association of independent schools.
Andrew Hampton, of Thorpe Hall School, has been elected vice chairman of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) for the next year, and will become its chairman in September 2014.
The position comes after a 26-year career in independent schools and nine years as a headteacher. He has been in charge of Thorpe Hall since 2007.
He said the role will help give him influence over the education system.
He said: “When the Department for Education wishes to make changes to our examination systems, child protection procedures, teachers’ pay or any number of things, they talk to the independent sector along with other sectors equally.
“This gives me the chance not only to influence events at national level, but also to gain an acute understanding of how education is being steered.
“This deep knowledge helps put my finger on the pulse of what lies ahead, out there in the bigger forum, and enhances my leadership skills for running Thorpe Hall.
“It is an honour now to be part of the leadership of the association.
“It is important to state that these are honorary posts and therefore not paid, and indeed, the expectation is that the workload will not impact on my ability to continue to be an effective head.
“The governors were keen to let me perform these roles over the next few years because of the kudos it brings to Thorpe Hall, the professional development it provides for me and because there is much to be learned from other professionals leading and shaping the independent education sector.”
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