Our Collective Vision

To harness our collective expertise to drive school improvement and realise the best for all
Provide support and challenge for each school on its own individual journey of improvement
Promote and celebrate the uniqueness of our schools to encourage aspirations and innovation
Our four founding schools are responding to the 4 stubborn challenges of the DfE:
  • Progress and attainment of our most disadvantaged children
  • Progress and attainment of our most talented children
  • Meeting the challenges of rurality
  • Embedding system leadership
By building on their positive experience of collaborative working to continue to drive standards higher by:
  • Broadening the range of opportunities to facilitate sharing of effective practice that improves teaching and learning across PAT by making it easier for teachers to:
  • Support each other
  • Share, draw on and learn from good practice
  • Take on increased responsibility for specialist subjects
  • Act as a coach and critical friend
  • Enabling governors and leaders to come together and take responsibility for providing better education across their community, not just their individual schools, supported by a common ethos
  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of staff by giving leaders the ability to point to realistic career development paths and opportunities to specialise within Pickwick Academy Trust
  • Producing a stream of future leaders, by enabling a greater array of middle leadership positions
  • Generating economies of scale, enabling cost efficient commissioning and purchasing of goods and services, and/or facilitate the development of in-house services for schools across the Trust
  • Standardise Finance and Human Resource resources, policies, planning and procedures, ensuring firm foundations, freeing up individual school leader’s time to focus on school improvement and making sure teaching and learning is as good as it can be
  • Ensuring that failing schools can join the Trust and achieve success, with no schools ever left behind, through providing the leader of the Trust with the levers to secure improved performance of all the schools and holding them accountable

Trust Leadership

Fiona AllenChief Executive Officer
Keith HillmanFinance Director

Members

Alexandra Bond
Gail Chilcott
Paul Dimech
Ian Fewtrell
Elspeth Griffiths

Trustees

Sheila Copeman
Andrew Hall
Rob Hayday (Chair)
David Lloyd Blake Powell
Dan Stuchbury (Vice Chair)
Paul Vincent
Rob Ward
David Willis

Our Four Founding Schools

Our four founding schools of the Pickwick Academy Trust, Aloeric Primary School, Corsham Primary School, Ivy Lane Primary School and Queen’s Crescent School have come together, recognising the value of working together to drive school improvement and education innovation; provide support and challenge for each of our schools; and to encourage children’s aspiration and drive improved outcomes.
  • Aloeric Primary School
  • Corsham Primary School
  • Ivy Lane Primary School
  • Queen's Crescent School
Ivy Lane Primary School
Ivy Lane
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 1HE
Headteacher: Chris Cannings
01249 652556
Corsham Primary School
Pound Pill
Corsham
Wiltshire
SN13 9YW
Broadwood Avenue
Corsham
Wiltshire
SN13 0LX
Senior Headteacher: Gina Cooke
01249 712387
Aloeric Primary School
St. Michael’s Road
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 6HN
Headteacher: Matthew Nightingale
01225 702563
Queen's Crescent School
Windsor Close
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN14 0QT
Headteacher: Julia Hawkins
01249 460190
  • Aloeric Primary School
Aloeric Primary School
St. Michael’s road
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 6HN
Headteacher: Matthew Nightingale
01225 702563
  • Corsham Primary School
Corsham Primary School
Pound Pill,
Corsham,
Wiltshire,
SN13 9YW
Broadwood Avenue,
Corsham,
Wiltshire
SN13 0LX
Headteacher: Gina Cooke
01249 712387
  • Ivy Lane Primary School
Ivy Lane Primary School
Ivy Lane,
Chippenham,
Wiltshire
SN15 1HE
Headteacher: Chris Cannings
01249 652556
  • Queen's Crescent School
Queen's Crescent School
Windsor Close,
Chippenham,
Wiltshire
SN14 0QT
Headteacher: Julia Hawkins
01249 460190

Meet Our Headteachers

Click on each of our headteachers to find out a bit more about them.
Matthew NightingaleAloeric Primary School

Matthew Nightingale is the Headteacher of Aloeric Primary School in Melksham. During his career, he has worked in a range of school settings across the South West. He has held two Deputy Headships & two Headships over the last 17 years. He has in the past been trained & accredited as an Ofsted Inspector and a School Improvement Partner. His qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He has been a tutor, coach & trainer for teachers at all stages of their career from NQT induction, through Leading from the Middle to more recently supporting Headteacher colleagues in moving to a judgement of ‘good’. He enjoys supporting colleagues with developing their teaching & learning practice & whole-school system development.

www.aloeric.wilts.sch.uk
Gina CookeCorsham Primary School

Gina Cooke is the Senior Headteacher of Corsham Primary School. She has over fifteen years of school leadership and improvement experience and is an accredited Ofsted Inspector. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment.

www.corshamprimary.co.uk
Chris CanningsIvy Lane Primary School

Chris Cannings is Headteacher of Ivy Lane School. He has 12 years’ experience of school leadership, in a variety of schools in Wiltshire and beyond. His particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, developing a wide and rich curriculum with a focus on outdoor learning, SEND, behaviour and pastoral care.

www.ivylane.wilts.sch.uk
Julia HawkinsQueens Crescent School

Julia Hawkins is the Headteacher of Queen’s Crescent School. She has enjoyed 28 years in the teaching profession and has taught the whole of the primary age range, in a variety of settings, ranging from a small village school to larger town schools. She has over 20 years of school leadership and improvement experience and has been a Headteacher for 6 years . Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, including data analysis.

www.queenscrescent.wilts.sch.uk

Matthew Nightingale is the Headteacher of Aloeric Primary School in Melksham. During his career, he has worked in a range of school settings across the South West. He has held two Deputy Headships & two Headships over the last 17 years. He has in the past been trained & accredited as an Ofsted Inspector and a School Improvement Partner. His qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He has been a tutor, coach & trainer for teachers at all stages of their career from NQT induction, through Leading from the Middle to more recently supporting Headteacher colleagues in moving to a judgement of ‘good’. He enjoys supporting colleagues with developing their teaching & learning practice & whole-school system development.

www.aloeric.wilts.sch.uk

Gina Cooke is the Senior Headteacher of Corsham Primary School. She has over fifteen years of school leadership and improvement experience and is an accredited Ofsted Inspector. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment.

www.corshamprimary.co.uk

Chris Cannings is Headteacher of Ivy Lane School. He has 12 years’ experience of school leadership, in a variety of schools in Wiltshire and beyond. His particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, developing a wide and rich curriculum with a focus on outdoor learning, SEND, behaviour and pastoral care.

www.ivylane.wilts.sch.uk

Julia Hawkins is the Headteacher of Queen’s Crescent School. She has enjoyed 28 years in the teaching profession and has taught the whole of the primary age range, in a variety of settings, ranging from a small village school to larger town schools. She has over 20 years of school leadership and improvement experience and has been a Headteacher for 6 years . Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, including data analysis.

www.queenscrescent.wilts.sch.uk

Contact us

Pickwick Academy Trust
Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9YW
admin@pickwickacademytrust.co.uk
01249 712387