New Principal appointed at The Hastings Academy

The University of Brighton Academies Trust are delighted to announce our new successful East Sussex appointment for September 2022.

After a rigorous recruitment and interview process, The University of Brighton Academies Trust are pleased to announce that Mr Simon Addison will take over the role as Lead Principal at The Hastings Academy from September 2022. Simon will join The Hastings Academy, replacing Ms Hilary Morawska, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Simon, currently Vice Principal at Haberdashers' Academies Trust South is an accomplished education professional with wide-ranging experience as a senior leader coach and mentor, senior examiner, and classroom teacher specialising in humanities and social sciences.

Simon has extensive experience in education as a Teacher, Governor and Senior Leader and has a mission to deliver his vision of an unrelenting focus on high standards, inclusion, and social mobility which will build on the work of Hilary Morawska. He said, “I know that a successful and happy school depends on all of us working together to transform the lives of the young people we serve. In September there will be events for parents that I would encourage you to be involved in, so we have an opportunity to meet in person and you can share any views, concerns, or ideas you have in order to help us properly provide for our community. I look forward to working with the you all over the coming weeks, months, and years to make The Hastings Academy an even better place to learn and grow.

“My commitment to our students, parents/carers and staff is to be a visible and approachable Principal; one who truly champions our students and their many successes and is committed to the long-term success of the school. In doing so, I am keen to harness the views and energy of everyone in our community.”

Chief Executive of The University of Brighton Academies Trust, Dr John Smith said, “I know that Simon will bring a lot of experience and energy to the Trust, and I know he will be made to feel very welcome.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Hilary for her contribution to the exceptional leadership of the academy during her tenure and wish her a very happy, well-deserved retirement.”