Staff and students at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy today bid a fond farewell to principal, Kimberley Willmot, as she left the academy to take up a new leadership position within another multi-academy trust.

Mrs Willmot has been principal for the past three years and has been pivotal in creating a positive learning climate at the academy, driving forward standards, strategy and high expectations for educational achievement.

During her time as principal, she has taken the academy on a transformative journey by implementing a grammar-style education for all students, improving behaviour and expectations, and ensuring a culture of kindness and respect through the academy’s Christian ethos.

She will now by joining the executive team of David Ross Education Trust as their director of standards.

Donna Percival, who is currently vice-principal at Queen Elizabeth’s, will be succeeding Mrs Willmot as the academy’s new leader. She brings extensive experience in teaching and education to the role of principal and will be taking the helm from 1 May 2022.

On leaving Queen Elizabeth’s, Mrs Willmot said: “It has been both an honour and a privilege to have been part of this fantastic academy’s history. I am so incredibly proud of our staff and students and of the transformation that has occurred here. I know the academy will continue to go from strength to strength.”

As an inspirational leader, Mrs Willmot will be much missed by colleagues across the Diverse Academies Trust and staff and students at the academy.