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Meet the Inspiration Trust's newest Principal - Glen Allott from Wayland Academy

Published on 01/04/20

Wayland Academy joined the trust on 1st April 2020. Glen Allott, the Principal, has shared what inspired him to become a teacher and what’s on the horizon for the Inspiration Trust's newest school.

Why did you become a teacher?

I decided to teach so that I could help young people to overcome social disadvantage. I grew up in South Yorkshire and I’m the son of a coal miner. No one in my family had ever been to university - or even studied A-levels. 

I wanted to be able to add social capital to children, so that they would want to strive for better. Young people should aspire to - and can achieve - anything they want to.

What's been the highlight of your teaching career?

My highlight has to be attending Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Garden Party in May 2016. I was nominated by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk for services to Education – it was a very proud moment.

How long have you been Principal at Wayland?

I became Principal in September 2015 – I can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by. Our students have achieved so much in five years.

What advice would you give to someone considering teaching as a career?

Do it! It’s the best job in the world and no two days are the same. I think anyone would find it hard to think of a career that is as challenging, rewarding and enjoyable as teaching.

Tell us a little about your teaching team

I have a teaching team who are highly supportive and nurturing. 

Our staff work incredibly hard to support students to achieve the best that they can, whether that’s academically or personally. 

Tell us something we might not know about Wayland Academy?

Adjacent to the academy field is Wayland Wood - this is where folklore suggests that the events told in the Babes in the Wood story happened. It’s not a pretty tale!

What's your favourite thing about Wayland Academy?

The staff. I’m proud to say that I have a team of loyal colleagues, who would walk over hot coals with me, if I asked them to. In fact, one did for charity a few years ago! 

What are you looking forward to as a new member of the Inspiration Trust?

I think what I’m looking forward to most is collaboration. I am excited to develop our provision and processes under the guidance and support of a highly performing trust.

Are you planning to collaborate with any of the trust's other schools?

I would like to work closely with The Thetford Academy, our closest neighbour, and possibly develop Sixth Form links for Post-16. We will also collaborate with Hethersett and learn from their journey to Outstanding.

What do you see as the future for Wayland Academy? What's next?

I’m anticipating great results from our hardworking students and in 2020/21 we intend to achieve an overall judgement of Good from Ofsted. Watch this space!