Robin Newman became Principal at Haileybury Turnford in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire in September 2016. Robin was attracted by the challenge to transform the new academy, sponsored by the independent school, Haileybury, in nearby Hertford Heath. A significant challenge is to develop the quality of its school buildings, which need to be improved as rapidly as possible to benefit its current students, and its students of the future.
Haileybury Turnford inherited its school buildings and estate from the predecessor school in September 2015 and has been working very closely with the Department for Education, and contractor Morgan Sindall, to deliver its new classrooms as part of Phase 2 of the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP). The new building consists of 12 classrooms, 3 science laboratories, a sixth form seminar room and library, as well as science prep room and office space. It replaces two old classroom blocks, and is expected to open in autumn 2021.
Prior to becoming Principal at Haileybury Turnford, Robin spent 6 years as Senior Deputy Headteacher at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, and before this, 5 years as Deputy Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, Essex. Robin joined the teaching profession in 1997 as a geography teacher, working at Saffron Walden County High School in Essex before moving onto senior posts in other Essex schools. As Principal, Robin still teaches geography at Haileybury Turnford, which remains a real interest and passion.
Robin has completed his MBA in Educational Leadership and NPQH, which have both helped to shape his thinking as a senior leader, and he works very closely with the Business Manager and trustees at Haileybury Academy Trust. Haileybury Turnford has big plans for further site development to improve its educational buildings as quickly as possible to benefit future generations of Haileybury Turnford students.