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Nicki Mattin
Spires Academy

I was appointed as the Principal of Spires Academy in September 2012.  Spires is a small non selective secondary school in the fully selective county of Kent.  It therefore serves a community that is characterised by a high level of disadvantage and low academic levels on entry who suffer from low aspiration and damaged self-esteem.  The level of need is high.  It is one of the original ‘old style’ academies and benefited from a brand new build that opened as I joined the school in 2012.

I have over 20 years experience of working in schools which has shaped my philosophy and vision.  I believe that schools should equip their students with the confidence, competence, knowledge, skills and understanding to fit easily and actively into a rapidly changing society.  Partnership working is critical to this.

During my career I have been fortunate to work on projects that have had influence locally, nationally and internationally.  This included being the school lead on an EU- funded project “Improving the Quality of Education in Iraq” with the British Council and Iraqi government.  The aim being to help rebuild the Iraq school system and community using a model of school to school support.  I was fortunate to visit Iraq in November 2011 to visit schools and participate in a joint  conference.

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