Shaking up the school curriculum and adopting a global vision were cornerstones of Charles Claxton’s mission as founder of Oasis Academy Silvertown.
But the stalwart of East End education - a previous deputy head at George Green’s School - has stepped down from his role in the Docklands.
An academy statement said the school’s inaugural principal would relocate overseas this summer due to unforeseen circumstances.
It read: “We are incredibly grateful to Charles for the hard work, determination and expertise that he has poured into the academy since before it was even open.”
Charles was instrumental in establishing the free school, which opened to an initial cohort of 82 year Seven pupils last September.
Lessons at the Royal Docks Academy link up Maths with Computing alongside a strong focus on studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
A 15-hour chunk of the timetable is dedicated to “non core” activities - ranging from Chinese classes, fitness sessions at UEL’s Sportsdock and creative partnerships with Rosetta Arts.
His “Think Global, Act Local” focus also translated into partnerships between pupils and employees at Barclays, Siemens and the Excel.
Current Britannia Village Primary School headteacher, Linda-May Bingham, will step into the position and act as executive principal at both establishments.
Academy partner Water City CIC Lord Andrew Mawson said: “Linda-May has proven her commitment to service not just through her work at Britannia Village School but by her endless devotion to the entire community.
“Through being responsible for both schools she will play a crucial role in opening doors and strengthening links with businesses and community groups in the area, creating new opportunities for young people and their families.
“This is an exciting new chapter in the story of the Academy.”