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Posted on July 23rd 2018

David Astin Appointed Executive Principal

Habrm 76David Astin has been appointed Executive Principal at Harris Academy Orpington from September 2018.

Mr Astin has been teaching for 23 years and with the Harris Federation since 2008. He began his career at a large school in Milton Keynes in 1995 and then taught at a very successful girls' school in Carshalton.

In 2008, Mr Astin was appointed Assistant Principal at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace and, after that, he was a leader of the Harris Sixth Form. During this time he helped to lay the educational foundations of the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, a collaboration with Westminster School which aims to prepare London’s brightest state school pupils for entry to the world’s best universities.

As Principal at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, he led the Academy to become one of the most successful schools in the country, with a Progress 8 score within the top 1% of schools nationally and an Ofsted judgement of 'outstanding' in every category.

Mr Astin lives in Beckenham with his young family and will be Executive Principal at Harris Academy Orpington and Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley.