Mark has over 10 years of Catholic senior leadership experience, seven of which have been at Sacred Heart Primary in Peterborough. During this period, as Head Teacher, he has led the school to being one of the highest achieving schools in the area.
Chair of Governors, Flavio Vettese, said: “This is a tremendous appointment for the new school, the governing body are confident that Mark will bring his expertise, knowledge and experience to grow and establish St John Henry Newman within the community and the Peterborough area.”
Mark said: “Whilst I will undoubtedly miss the school community at Sacred Heart, I am very excited by the opportunity to open St John Henry Newman and grow the school into a beacon of excellent Catholic education.”
Julie O’Connor, Director of Schools Services at the Diocese of East Anglia said: “This is a key milestone in the journey towards opening the first state-funded Catholic primary school in England in over 10 years. We have every confidence in Mark to succeed in the opening of St John Henry Newman, as a school for all local children, whilst promoting a quality Catholic education.”
Jonathan Lewis, Director of Education at Peterborough City Council said: “We already know of Mark’s outstanding leadership following his success at Sacred Heart. A variety of stakeholders continue to work hard to deliver the first phase of the school, which will provide welcome school place capacity for the area from September 2022 onwards.”
To find out more information about St John Henry Newman Catholic Primary School, or to apply for your child’s place to start at the school in September 2022, please visit St John Henry Newman VA Primary School (st-johnhenrynewman.org.uk)
Pictured above is Mark Cooper.