New Principal sets out vision for Cedar Mount

Mr Kal Hodgson is set to become the new Principal of Cedar Mount Academy, one of Bright Futures Educational Trust’s (BFET) secondary academies.

Kal began teaching in 1995 following the completion of a Mathematics degree at the University of Sheffield and a PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) from the University of Newcastle.

He has taught in variety of schools across Greater Manchester, including Wellington School in Trafford (a non-selective co-educational high school), Audenshaw School in Tameside (a boy’s comprehensive school) and his latest post was as an Assistant Principal at fellow BFET academy Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGGS). In his time at AGGS, Kal held responsibility for the successful development and management of school centred initial teacher training – enabling over 150 people become new entrants to the teaching profession. He also worked as a specialist leader of education, helping schools of all types and contexts across Greater Manchester and beyond to improve their outcomes for their young people.

Speaking about his new role at Cedar Mount, Kal said “At Cedar Mount Academy we believe that all students should learn to be the best version of themselves so that they can leave school after their time with us as happy, caring and knowledgeable young people ready to compete in a global market. This is a school designed to support and develop its local community driven by our three values of hard work, aspiration and respect. Our firm belief in these three values ensures our commitment to high quality education for everyone who passes through our doors.

A student at Cedar Mount Academy is expected to think, to question, to experience new ideas and skills and to get to “know the best which has been thought and said in the world”.  We believe in challenge with compassion: every student will be given the opportunity to achieve academic success in an environment that places students’ wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We are an ambitious school and aim to be amongst the best schools in Manchester.”

BFET CEO Dr John Stephens said of the appointment:

 “We are delighted that Kal has been successful in being appointed to the post of Principal at Cedar Mount and we are really looking forward to his taking up the reins in January. Kal brings so much varied and successful experience from his work at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. As the lead for school centred initial teacher training he has overseen the recruitment and training of many brilliant new teachers who are now working successfully in the profession.

Kal will very much be missed in his current role, but we are so pleased that he is now going to apply his skills to lead Cedar Mount on the next stages of its exciting journey of improvement.”