Why - Our Vision
Our vision is to work together to provide the best schools and outcomes for our children.
How - Our Strategy
What - Our Mission
We work together as an inclusive family so that each school is supported and held to account for the attainment and progress of every child to enable them to meet their full potential and to ensure the highest quality teaching and leadership for our children.
We provide robust support and challenge for each school on its individual journey of improvement, seeking common-sense solutions from within and outside our Trust.
We celebrate the successes and unique characteristics of each school, valuing all children and encouraging aspiration and innovation for all, providing systems that support opportunities for those working and learning in our schools.
We share responsibility and harness our collective expertise, experience and spirituality to drive school improvement and achieve the best possible outcomes for all by sharing ideas and best practice to ensure all schools within our Trust are successful.
We are committed to sustainable growth, to provide the best outcomes for the communities we serve now and in the future by aligning and resourcing central services and succession planning to ensure investment remains in quality teaching, learning and leadership.
Our vision, strategy and mission is underpinned by our moral purpose to provide the best education and curriculum for the children we serve, and is based on the values of: aspiration; collaboration; inclusion; enjoyment; and nurturing relationships, with the intention of empowering children to become life-long learners, global citizens and deep thinkers.
We provide a strong ethical framework that enables children to make thoughtful, positive choices, and are committed to providing a high quality and educationally stimulating learning environment, led by exceptional and dedicated staff.
Pickwick Academy Trust and its schools are working together to ensure all pupils attend a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We believe that by understanding their own rights, which are embedded in the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), our pupils will learn to respect and value the rights of others. The Convention recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate - principles the Trust fully endorses.
James has over 20 years education experience and 16 as a leader. He is the CEO of Pickwick Academy Trust, previously the Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance and the sub-regional lead for the Teaching School Council for Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. He is passionate about teaching and learning, and bringing people together effectively to improve outcomes for pupils.
Julia Fountain has enjoyed 34 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 26 years of school leadership and improvement experience and has been a Headteacher for 9 years. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship and Local Leader of Education. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, including data analysis. She has been in the role of Executive Headteacher since the Trust formed in September 2017.
Gina Cooke 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.
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Amy Tapscott has particular responsibility for oversight of professional development and learning across the trust, supporting schools with curriculum development, trainee teachers and early career teachers as well as leadership development. She has been working in education for over 25 years, teaching in classes across KS1 and KS2 and more recently training SCITT trainee teachers.
Ray has been in the teaching profession for 36 years. He has been a Nursery, FS2, KS1 and KS2 teacher, deputy headteacher, head teacher and now the Executive Hub Leader for the South Hub. Ray also taught in a Special School for two years with an ASD focus. He has also been an early years adviser for Wiltshire for two years. Ray believes a collaborative approach to education is the only way to achieve lasting change in schools. He also believes that having an international dimension to the curriculum is vital in this globally connected world. He has taught in America and Japan and has also built lasting partnerships with schools in France, Belgium, China and Zambia.
Rebecca Bone is the Headteacher of Winterslow CE Primary School, as well as one of Pickwick's Executive Headteachers, with particular responsibility for the schools in our South Wiltshire Hub and our partnership with the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education. Rebecca has enjoyed over 20 years in the teaching profession and has taught, and been part of the senior leadership team, in a variety of settings, ranging from small village schools to a large town school. Rebecca is passionate about learning and her school's vision of 'Explore, Discover and Sparkle' really epitomises her educational philosophy.
Rebecca has three children and enjoys spending her summer holidays backpacking and travelling together as a family.
Frances has worked for over 25 years in education, firstly in Service Children’s Education in Germany and then in South Gloucestershire Council’s 0-25 Service before she joined Pickwick Academy Trust in February 2019 as Admin Officer for the Executive Team. It was a new role for Frances and also for the Trust but one which has developed considerably since then. Frances is also the Clerk to the Board of Trustees which adds a different aspect to her role.
Pickwick Academy Trust is made up of nine community and church primary schools across North and South Wiltshire, and North Dorset and is organised into two 'hubs'. Our schools include: Aloeric Primary School, Corsham Primary School, Ivy Lane Primary School, Ludwell Primary School, Queen’s Crescent Primary School, Winterslow CofE Primary School, Greentrees Primary School, Pitton CofE Primary School and Gillingham Primary School
Pickwick Multi-Academy Trust was formed in August 2017 because the four founding schools recognised the huge value of working together to drive school improvement and education innovation. Since then we have been delighted to welcome five more like-minded schools into the Pickwick family. The schools provide support and challenge to each other through developmental peer review, the sharing of best practice and having a common vision to improve outcomes and life chances for all the pupils across the Trust. We are an outward-facing and inclusive Trust, which is committed to safeguarding the ethos, uniqueness and identity of each of our schools, and the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools.