Assistant head at local school to move to academy at heart of ‘No Outsiders’ protests

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The Assistant Headteacher at a Rubery school is set to move to the Saltley academy at the heart of a disagreement about equality education. 

James Wright has been a senior staff member at Colmers Farm Primary School –  which became part of the Excelsior Multi Academy Trust last year – for around 3 years.

He will move to the position of Head of School at Parkfield Community School, another Excelsior academy, in September.

Parkfield’s deputy head, Andrew Moffatt, created the controversial ‘No Outsiders’ program, which involves introducing primary school children to a series of books which support equality and diversity understanding.

Following complaints from parents and protests outside the school, the program has currently been suspended at Parkfield while the academy trust and parents work with mediators to negotiate an understanding.

Confirming the move, a spokeswoman for Excelsior said: “Mr Wright is excited about his new role and we are confident this will ensure Parkfield will continue to be an Outstanding school under his leadership.”

Current Parkfield head David Williams is to be promoted to Senior Headteacher for Excelsior. This means that, as well as being the Headteacher at Colmers Farm Primary, he will provide a supporting role for Parkfield and the other schools within the Trust: Green Meadow Primary in Selly Oak and Turves Green Primary in Northfield.

The spokeswoman said: “This is excellent opportunity for Mr Williams and also provides the long sought after stability and leadership for Colmers Farm Primary School.”

We wish Mr Wright all the best in his new role and welcome Mr Williams to our community. 

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