Our Primary Academy's philosophy is that children will only thrive and develop if they are consistently happy and safe at school.
To enable us to achieve this:
- We ensure that standards and expectations in all classrooms are high
- We employ well trained and innovative teachers who are ambitious for every pupil
- We ensure that all children are treated as individuals and looked after and taught in a way that meets their individual needs
- We embed high levels of literacy and numeracy by delivering creative and focussed lessons which children enjoy and are motivated by
- We identify the importance of regular communication and reporting to parents and carers
Primary Schools Leadership Team
The Primary School Improvement Team’s key focus is to work with all the Primary Schools in the Trust - challenging, developing and supporting leaders to ensure rapid progress and improvement is made and sustained.
Mike Wilson, Director of Primary, NLE
Mike joined the Trust in September 2013 as Director overseeing primary provision. After graduating from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand he began his teaching career in London in 1990. Over the last 15 years he has been Headteacher of three schools in South East London all of which made significant improvements under his leadership with two judged outstanding by Ofsted.
Mike has considerable experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances and has led a school from special measures to a “Good” Ofsted judgement in 9 months. He has also worked as a school improvement partner and local leader of education supporting schools across south east London and Kent.
Mike is a National Leader in Education.
Claire Wood, Advisory Headteacher - Primaries
Claire joined the primary schools within The Trust in May 2010, having previously been AHT for Inclusion at Westlands Secondary School. Head of the SpLD and PD Units there and Secondary Lead Teacher for Inclusion for the County. Since moving into the primary sector she has been Headteacher of Regis Manor and Westlands Primary School and played a significant part in moving them to their 'Good' Ofsted judgement. She now works as a member of the Primary Improvement Team to support Headteachers and schools across the Trust to achieve their potential.
Sue Quirk, Advisory Headteacher - Primaries
Sue joined the Trust in September 2015 as a part time advisory headteacher. She had previously worked with the trust for two years as an independent educational consultant. After graduating from the University of London she began her teaching career in London and eventually became headteacher of a small infant school in the London Borough of Bromley. She gained a masters degree in education in 2002. Sue then worked for two local authorities as a school improvement adviser and worked with the National College of School Leadership training and assessing school improvement partners. Sue has worked as both a lead and team Ofsted inspector for the last fourteen years and continues to inspect under the new framework. She has considerable experience of working with a range of schools including those in challenging circumstances.
‘Exceptionally strong partnerships between the trust, the executive board, the governing body and senior leaders continue to drive improvement in all aspects of school life.’
Westlands Primary School, Ofsted report May 2015
‘The Academies Trust has provided highly effective support to the school. As a result, leaders and managers, including governors, have led rapid improvements in achievement and teaching.’
Regis Manor Primary School, Ofsted report March 2014