Bexleyheath Academy has begun its 2018/19 academic year with a new leadership team.

Paul Mundy-Castle has stepped up as the new Executive Principal for Bexleyheath, succeeding John Syznal, who retired over the summer.

Mr Mundy-Castle has been appointed to bring additional capacity to the academy in its bid to improve on previous Ofsted ratings.

The experienced principal currently leads Richmond Park Academy within the Academies Enterprise Trust.

Under his leadership, the Academy secured a 'Good' judgement in every category in 2017. The academy has also achieved improvement in both GCSE and A' Level exam results for progress from a coasting position in 2016.

Mr Mundy-Castle said: “On my first visit to BHA I was blown away by the huge potential I could see.

“I look forward to working with the students, staff and families to quickly drive standards at this sleeping giant of a school and hope that my leadership experience across London secondary schools will quickly help to transform the fortunes of all our BHA community.

“I firmly believe that good quality education will enhance the life chances of young people and from day one this will be the focus of the leadership team at BHA. I look forward to engaging fully with all the stakeholders of the BHA community.”

Dan Steel joined Bexleyheath as the Head of the Academy in January 2018 and was appointed Principal in April 2018, having been part of a number of successful Senior Leadership teams in Essex.

Mr Steel said: "I am incredibly excited for the students and parents at Bexleyheath Academy.

“The Academy has spent a lot of time over the summer putting a number of new systems and strategies in place to improve the outcomes and life chances for our students.

“I am looking forward to working with Mr Mundy-Castle to provide long term leadership stability, but more importantly ensure all students at Bexleyheath are successful"

David Hatchett National Director of Secondary at the Academies Enterprise Trust stated: "We are confident that through the combined leadership of Mr Mundy-Castle and Mr Steel, we will see a real acceleration in the rate of improvement at Bexleyheath over the new academic year"

The local community has the opportunity to see the progress made by the school at the Open Evening on September, Tuesday 25.