THE woman atop a York multi-academy trust has announced plans to retire later this year.
Jo Edwards, Trust Principal at South Bank Multi-Academy Trust, has written to colleagues at the Trust to announce his intention to retire at the end of August 2020.
Ms Edwards has led the Trust since September 2018, after a 35-year career as a teacher, executive and educational consultant.
The chain, which was established in 2016, now has six schools in the city, two secondary schools, Millthorpe and York High, three primary schools, Scarcroft, Knavesmire and Woodthorpe, and the Carr Junior School.
Ms Edwards said: “Since being appointed in September 2018 as Trust Principal for South Bank MAT, I have enjoyed my role very much.
“It has been gratifying to see how the Trust and its schools have grown and developed. Together, we have enjoyed celebrating the successes of our students, staff and the communities we serve.
“In the wake of what is a terrible pandemic, an exciting new chapter is about to open for the world of education and the Trust.
“So I think it’s time for me to step back and allow MAT to plan for its long-term future – and for me to take things a little easier. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with colleagues across the Trust and I wish South Bank MAT all the best for the future.
The board of trustees plans to appoint an interim trust director pending a permanent appointment.
Chairman of the Board, Mr. Edwin Thomas, said: “I am very proud of all that Jo has accomplished for South Bank MAT, since she joined us as the first externally appointed MAT manager. in York. From day one, she championed our vision of empowering schools to thrive and worked with passion and commitment to improve the education of every child. During his tenure, our schools continued to perform well, working together under Jo’s leadership to create the best possible opportunities for all of our students. Jo will be missed both as a leader and as a colleague, but we wish her the best in her retirement. ”
Ms Edwards enjoyed a successful career in the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire regions as a teacher, school principal, principal and senior education advisor before taking up her role as Trust Director. She has run four primary schools, a 3-18 learning community and a secondary academy. In all cases, it has been recognized by Ofsted for its work in improving standards.