Astrea Academy Trust hires Education Heavyweight as Deputy Director of Education

++ Appointment of Hywel Jones marks important growth for Astrea Cambs ++

Astrea Academy Trust is announcing today the appointment of Hywel Jones as its first Deputy Director of Education for Cambridgeshire, overseeing the trust’s operations in the area.

Having been established in South Yorkshire in early 2016, Astrea now has 25 academies in the trust, with four of these in Cambridgeshire. This summer saw Astrea go from strength to strength with a second year of impressive results at Key Stage 2, with a 26 per cent point improvement over that period.

Mr Jones’ role in Cambridgeshire will be to lead education for the region, ensure collaboration across Astrea academies leading to rapid school improvement, and explore further opportunities for growth in primary, secondary and SEN schools.

The appointment will see him come full circle; as a PGCSE student, Mr Jones had his second placement at Cottenham Village College, which is now part of Astrea.  

Hywel Jones joins Astrea from the Inspiration Trust, where he has been Primary Director since January 2018. Prior to this, he was the Head of the famed West London Free School, where he oversaw three years of successful GCSE results, and two-thirds of A Level pupils going on to Russell Group universities. Mr Jones is also a non-executive Director of Ofqual.

Libby Nicholas, Chief Executive of Astrea said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured someone of Hywel’s pedigree in this critical role. He brings educational weight to our growing presence in Cambridgeshire, and will help us embed our commitment of an education that inspires beyond measure in the region. He will also play an instrumental role in our plans to grow in Cambridgeshire so that more young people can benefit from an Astrea education.”

Hywel Jones said: “I started my career in teaching, training at Cottenham Village College and working in Ely. I’m looking forward to working closely with the staff in each Astrea school who are already improving educational standards through collaboration.

“Having lived in Cambridgeshire for over 14 years and with children who attend local primary and secondary schools, I understand and appreciate the strengths of education in the region, but it is important that we also learn quickly from innovative schools in different parts of England.  

“I aim to bring insights and expertise I have developed from leading a high-performing secondary school in London and having recently worked on the rapid improvement of several primary schools in Norfolk.

“I look forward to working closely with all Astrea academies in Cambridgeshire to ensure that they achieve the highest academic standards for all pupils.”