Excelsior Academy and Laidlaw Schools Trust would like to welcome Mr David Thornton as interim executive principal of the Academy. We are delighted that David an experienced head teacher who has previously worked in the west of Newcastle, will join our dedicated and talented team at Excelsior. David has extensive experience leading secondary schools, including an academy here in the North East. Building on the good work to date, David will lead the academy until the end of the academic year ensuring that standards are raised for our pupils and that they continue to receive an outstanding educational experience at Excelsior. David can be sure of the support of all colleagues in driving forward this inclusive and exciting academy.