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Judith Tinsley Chief Executive Officer The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust.
North Herefordshire village school converts to academy
A village primary school in North Herefordshire has converted to an academy.
St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Bodenham joined the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust (BAET) – a multi academy trust set up by the Diocese of Hereford – at the start of October.
The school, which has also recently been graded good by Ofsted, was visited by Judith Tinsley, the CEO of the trust, along with other board members to commemorate the historic event.
Pupils were told all about what was happening and the background of what the trust stood for before the eldest and the youngest pupils cut the ribbon.
A long consultation was held, with all stakeholders consulted ahead of the change.
Liz Alty, acting head teacher at the school, said: “The governors of St. Michael’s were particularly keen to ensure that the church school ethos that means so much to us was maintained and strengthened, and so the BAET was, for us, the obvious choice.
“We were pleased that Ofsted recognised and commented on the friendly, safe and secure ethos and that our mission statement ‘to enable high-quality learning in a safe Christian environment ‘ was evident in every aspect of school life.
“Being a church school, it seemed a natural choice for us join the Bishop Antony Educational Trust and we are excited to work with them in this new phase of school life.”
Sourced from the Hereford Times website
New beginnings at The Hereford Academy
Year 6 students starting at The Hereford Academy in September spent the day familiarising themselves with their new school, meeting new friends and staff. Joining them was new Principal, Mr Paul Halcro, also starting at the academy in September and recently appointed CEO of the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust, Ms Judith Tinsley.The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust was formed in January 2014 and is part of the Diocese of Hereford. Growing rapidly, the Trust has five schools in its multi academy trust: The Hereford Academy, St Thomas Cantilupe C.E Primary, Morville C.E. Academy, Bitterley C.E. Primary and Tenbury Primary Academy. Four more schools will be joining them in the autumn term.The Hereford Academy, currently led by Interim Principal, Mr Patrick Ottley-O’Connor, continues to build on the ‘significant improvements’ noted by Ofsted when the school was brought out of special measures in December 2015.
Judith Tinsley, said the Trust are ‘delighted with the amount of progress that has been made at the Academy this academic year’. She praised staff and Governors for their ‘hard work, dedication and commitment to the life of the students and the wider community and would personally like to thank Mr Ottley-O’Connor for his commitment to the staff and students of the Academy’.
‘I am looking forward to working alongside Mr Halcro at the Academy in the next stage of its journey to becoming the academy of choice for all of our community’.
The Trust, Governors, Interim Principal and staff are very pleased to welcome Mr Halcro to the Academy. He has an excellent track record of leadership in successful schools and understands the needs of both the academy and the wider community.
After leaving school Mr Halcro joined the Royal Air Force and trained as an aircraft technician. On leaving the RAF he completed a B’Ed in Secondary Mathematics and went to work in a challenging school in Wolverhampton for 10 years. Following this, he became deputy head at Thomas Telford School in Shropshire and since 2012 has been the Principal at The Bulwell Academy in Nottingham where he moved the school from special measures to good in 18 months.
Mr Ottley-O’Connor said, ‘It has been a privilege to be Principal during this year and to be a part of the great strides made on the journey to becoming the outstanding academy that the students and community deserves. All credit must be given to the staff and students who have risen to the challenges and indeed opportunities that have resulted in the removal of Special Measures and improved outcomes’.
‘This rapid progress and achievement has also been made possible by the great support and challenge provided by the Local Governing Body and sponsor, The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust’.
‘I will leave in July with very fond memories of not only the students and staff, but the local community and Hereford itself, who are now behind and supporting the aspirations of The Hereford Academy’.