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Executive Principal's 10/10; something extraordinary.

Byline: James Harrison and Lauren E White

Mr Gavin Salvesen-Sawh (Executive Principal) with interviewers James Harrison and Lauren White 1. How long have you been a Principal? I've been a Principal for 12 years. My first Headship was in Middlesbrough and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. My second Headship was in West Sussex, which was a very big school - much like this one. This is my third Headship at Thorp.

2. How do you think the school has improved since you've been here? Having been here a short time, I've focused on particular aspects of the academy, rather than trying to make a significant impact in just a few weeks. We're focusing on Year 11 and working with Sixth Formers too. The fact of the matter is: the sky is the limit for Thorp Academy.

3. What has been your proudest moment as a Principal? The proudest moments are when students achieve. I'm a very competitive person, so I 'drive' students to exceed their personal best in everything that they do. Proudest moments have been when the students achieve 4. What do you spend most of your time doing in your office? As one of the main leaders, I am involved with planning regarding how we utilise the staff. I meet frequently with senior leaders and heads of departments, looking at strategies to improve performance.

5. How important do you think that political and social awareness is for students? We teach young people about democracy and we are lucky enough in this country to have an excellent democratic system. I think the political arena is interesting, but we have to exercise care. Our job is to educate young people so that when they are old enough, they have a vote and can make decisions. It is right to bring in the notion of British values as, in my view, it doesn't matter what nationality you are. I think it is important that young people in this country understand British values.

6. What do you think your legacy will be when you leave this academy I do want to make my contribution and play a part in developing teaching and learning. I will develop a Junior Leadership Team, as the students are incredible. We can take the students wherever they want to go, because I think they're that good.

7. What is your favourite book? My favourite book is 'Waterland' by Graham Swift.

8. What's your favourite style of music? My favourite genre of music would be Rock music such as Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, The Darkness.

9. What is your favourite holiday destination? I love visiting America but also love travelling around the world.

10. Who is the most famous person you have met? I met the previous Secretary of State, Mr Gove, but not sure if that is a claim to fame!

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2015
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