NET Academies Trust

New Head of Harlow Primary Academies Determined to Make a Difference



22 June 2015


It is almost six months since Jo Coton started as Executive Headteacher at three Harlow primary schools; Latton Green, Abbotsweld and Longwood. All three primary schools became part of the National Education Trust Academies Trust (NETAT) under Mrs Coton’s stewardship at the beginning of January 2015.


Change has already manifested itself in the schools and culture. Before Jo Coton arrived there had been 101 pupil exclusions from across the three schools. Under Jo’s watch there have been none She has rearranged the curriculum and put in place a programme to ensure all pupils/children leave knowing what they are good at.


“We have ambitious plans to make our schools, Abbotsweld, Latton Green and Longwood the best they can possibly be. The best for the teachers, the support staff, the parents and carers, the community we serve and, most of all, for the young people whose future we are entrusted with”.


Part of Mrs Coton’s plan is set out in a 2 year programme of improvement that begins with recruiting specialist teachers in key subject areas including Maths and English, as well as key teachers in other curriculum subjects such as Art, Music and PE. She said, “Our aim is to develop children as resilient, confident and reflective learners who are filled with a sense of purpose. This can be achieved through a balance of academic, sporting and artistic success to ensure children are provided with numerous opportunities to explore what they enjoy and excel in.”


Jo Coton, herself was born and brought up in Essex and believes passionately in the power of education to change lives.  She has been teaching for over 20 years and in school leadership positions for almost 10 years. Having achieved considerable success in turning around previous schools, she has worked with, the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of NETAT are confident they will succeed in Harlow.


“It is a simple and proven formula for success. Focusing on the key subjects and the core and extracurricular ones result in school improvement and improvement in the life chances of all of the pupils in the school community.”


Jo Coton believes the biggest single factor for success is recruiting the very best teachers and investing in them, and she is confident she can do that.


““We offer teachers a fantastically rewarding and ambitious organisation to work within, with a supportive and growing multi academy trust behind us, where teachers are challenged and supported and their talents celebrated and nurtured”.”




For an interview with Jo Coton, Executive Headteacher please contact:


Fiona McLean 07748520983,


Notes for Editors

The National Education Trust (NET) exists to raise standards in education. It believes every child deserves to have the best education possible, and that NET has the expertise, experience and desire to make that a reality. Being a NET Academy principal, teacher or governor, is an opportunity to link to NET’s already well established wider mission – to disseminate excellent practice; to nurture innovation; to lead challenging thinking which inspires educationists and students to achieve great things.

All academies sponsored by the National Education Trust commit to the values of the Trust and subscribe to embedding them in practice.


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