I moved from King’s Oak Academy in Bristol, part of the Cabot Learning Federation of schools, where I was Principal for 4 years. This academy has rapidly improved, was judged GOOD by Ofsted and is now significantly oversubscribed. I have seen at first hand how working within a family or Federation of schools can drive up standards and make a difference to the lives of children. Previously I was Deputy Headteacher at Highworth Warneford School in Swindon I was part of the team which led the school to become “outstanding”. In my work in Swindon I worked with Mr Colledge, Secondary Director of The White Horse Federation and GA Interim Principal, and who will continue to work closely with me and the team of staff at GA, to support our students.
I believe that our schools should first and foremost be about providing high-quality teaching so that all of our children can realise their potential. We aspire for teaching to be carefully and personally crafted to each class and each child. I and my team of senior staff will spend a great deal of time in lessons ensuring that students are working well and are making strong progress. A strong team of high-quality middle leaders will work closely with teams of teachers and support staff in the relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. Gloucester Academy is now supported by the nationally recognised Multi Academy Trust, The White Horse Federation and associated Teaching Schools. This will make a key contribution to the lives of our staff and children.
My role is to create a strong and positive ethos where good behaviour matters and is rewarded. As a parent of two boys, I want them to enjoy school, and as a Principal I have the same desire! My experience is that young people want to do well at school and our visitors say that behaviour in Gloucester Academy is impressive. The quality of relationships is a hallmark of the academy, and the support structure for students enables many children to achieve what before seemed impossible. We value a smart uniform because we know that students who present themselves well also take pride in their education. I expect myself and my team of staff to know all of our children personally, value their contributions and support them in their aspiration to make strong academic and personal progress. We recruit teaching and support staff who model this approach in their work and I expect them to go the extra mile in supporting and stretching our students. Our new house system means that children feel part of the Academy family.
We are proud of the international feel of the academy, and our local community links are also really important to us. Our New Basics curriculum in Yr7 has strong links with developing countries, and we also support local charities each year. We aspire to be a global school at the heart of our local community. We have strong links with a range of our partner primary schools, and this helps our Year 6 students make a smooth transition. Through our website, I hope you will gain a feeling of the Academy and the support that we give to every individual student. I want this Academy to be the best that we can be for all of our children, and through a strong programme of continuous improvement we are achieving this.
If you are interested in visiting us then simply contact the Academy office for us to arrange a tour. We would love to hear from you!
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