Emma Palik will take over the reins at University Technical College Norfolk in September for the start of the new school year.
Mrs Palik has worked at UTCN since 2015 in a variety of roles and, latterly, as Deputy Headteacher. She started her career in finance in Wales before training as a Business Studies teacher. She worked in Derby before settling in Norfolk where she has worked in a number of local schools before joining UTCN.
Mrs Palik said: ‘I’m delighted to be appointed as Headteacher. The school is in a great place. Our students progress to fantastic destinations, we are oversubscribed and have £1m of building work underway. I look forward to building on these foundations and leading the school to Outstanding at our next inspection.’
‘At UTCN, we are really clear what we do. We focus on ensuring our students achieve excellent examination results, develop great employability skills and have some fantastic experiences. When you put this together, it’s no mystery that our students go on to achieve some amazing destinations.’
Alex Hayes was the founding Headteacher of UTCN. He is moving to take up the role of Regional Director for Community Schools Trust but will continue to work part-time at UTCN to support the smooth transition between headteachers.
Simon Elliott, CEO of Community Schools Trust said: ‘We are delighted with Emma Palik’s appointment. There are lots of exciting developments planned at UTCN and we look forward to the school going from strength to strength under her leadership, assisted with support from the Trust. We are also very pleased to retain Mr Hayes’s expertise within the Trust.’