The Inkpots Interview: Mr Francies, Principal – The Burgess Hill Academy

A few weeks ago, some of the students from our Year 7 group at The Burgess Hill Academy got the chance to sit down with their Principal. Mr Francies, to find out more about him and his plans for the Academy.


Were you a good student at school?

Maybe not as good as I could have been! I worked well in the subjects I enjoyed – I really liked drama and got involved in the school plays.


What was your favourite subject?

I really liked history and English – and was inspired by great teachers. And drama of course!


Are you into creative writing? Have you ever written a story?

Yes, I love it, particularly poetry. I don’t read as much as I would like to these days, but books are important to me. I still write poetry and have also written three plays and some songs.


You always seem positive – do you have any exercises or ways to help you keep this way?

I don’t do any exercises as such, but experience has taught me that there are very few things that can’t be put right, there’s always a way to solve a problem. I find working with young people is a positive experience.


Lots of members of the local community get involved in Academy life. Do you have any exciting plans for the new academic year?

Yes! There are lots of great things on the horizon including the redevelopment of the site, more enrichment opportunities, a larger pastoral team, more technology and sports activities.


How do you relax?

Spending time with my family and friends is important as is walking my dog, reading, and playing and listening to music.


What’s your vision for Burgess Hill Academy?

I want a happy school!


Thanks so much to Mr Francies – it was an interesting and inspirational lunchtime!


Ruby, Izzy and Rosie – Year 7

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