New academy status and head for school

Headteacher Michelle Ginn with pupils Brendan Ashmore, 11, Bethany Palmer, 10, Harrison Mahon, nine, Luke Eales, nine, Halle Mayes, nine, Maddie Ryall, seven, Sophie Elliott, six, Charlie Plummer, seven
Headteacher Michelle Ginn with pupils Brendan Ashmore, 11, Bethany Palmer, 10, Harrison Mahon, nine, Luke Eales, nine, Halle Mayes, nine, Maddie Ryall, seven, Sophie Elliott, six, Charlie Plummer, seven

It’s been a busy start to the year for Windmill Primary School in Raunds after it became an academy and a new headteacher was appointed.

The school’s acting headteacher, Michelle Ginn, became permanent headteacher in January.

The move came as the school chose to convert to academy status, with The Education Fellowship as its sponsor.

The fellowship is also the sponsor of Rushden Community College, Warwick Primary School and Ruskin Junior School in Wellingborough

Chairman of governors Lyn Mura said: “We are delighted to have secured Miss Ginn as headteacher at Windmill Primary School.

“Her vision and leadership is vital to our ambition to become an outstanding school.

“The work she has already done here was reflected in our recent Ofsted inspection.”

The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors just two days after Miss Ginn took up her new role.

The inspection team rated the leadership and management, and the behaviour and safety of the pupils, as ‘good’, the second highest possible grade.

Miss Ginn was also described as a “strong leader” in the inspection report.

A spokesman for the school said: “Ofsted recognised that hard work had been happening to improve the achievement of pupils, described as ‘a sharp upturn in progress for most classes during the last school year’.”

The inspectors recognised improvement in teaching, but said more improvements were still needed.

The inspection report says: “There is very effective leadership from the headteacher, with strong support from governors, which has greatly improved teaching and learning in the last year.

“Inadequate teaching has been eliminated, and a greater proportion is good.

“Greatly improved assessment gives teachers a better basis for planning work that is at the right level for different pupils.

“Good relationships between staff and pupils result in positive attitudes to learning.

“Pupils work hard and take a pride in their success. Pupils enjoy school, behave well and feel very safe.

“They and their parents and carers report that behaviour is much improved since the last inspection.”

The school hopes becoming an academy will help to build on the recent inspection results.

Mrs Mura added: “We chose The Education Fellowship as our sponsor because they can offer the partnership to enable us to meet our aspiration of being an outstanding school within three years. “

The Education Fellowship, which is based in Titchmarsh, was founded by Sir Ewan Harper and Johnson Kane.

The John Lewis Partnership supports the Fellowship by offering staff and pupils access to its management training facilities.