Our Schools

Pickwick Academy Trust is made up of four large primary schools (one with two sites) based in North Wiltshire.  The schools came together to form our Multi-Academy Trust because they recognised the huge value of working together to drive school improvement and education innovation.

The four schools are committed to addressing the 4 stubborn challenges identified by 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
  • Supporting each other - sharing, drawing on and learning from best practice. Taking on increased responsibility for specialist subjects. Acting as coaches, mentors and critical friends
  • Enabling governors and leaders to come together and take responsibility for providing better education across their community - in their individual schools and beyond the Trust, supported by a common ethos and set of values
  • Facilitating the recruitment and retention of staff by giving leaders the ability to point to realistic career development paths and opportunities to specialise within the Trust
  • Producing a stream of high quality future leaders, enabling a greater array of middle leadership positions
  • Generating economies of scale, enabling cost efficient commissioning and purchasing of goods and services, and/or facilitating the development of in-house services for schools across the Trust
  • Standardising Finance and HR 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 schools facing challenging circumstances can join the Trust and achieve success. We believe that no school should be left behind and are committed to securing improved performance of all schools, holding them accountable for high quality pupil outcomes
Ivy Lane Primary School
Ivy Lane
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 1HE
Headteacher: Debbie Burchett
01249 652556
Corsham Primary Broadwood
Headteacher: Kerry Parker
01249 712387
Corsham Primary Pound Pill
Headteacher: Lindsay Fry
01249 712387
Aloeric Primary School
St. Michael’s Road
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 6HN
Headteacher: Nina Jeffries
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 (Broadwood)
Broadwood Avenue,
Corsham,
Wiltshire
SN13 0LX
Headteacher: Gina Cooke
01249 712387
  • Corsham Primary School (Pound Pill)
Corsham Primary School (Pound Pill)
Pound Pill,
Corsham,
Wiltshire,
SN13 9YW
Headteacher: Lindsey Fry
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
Nina Jeffries
Aloeric Primary School
Kerry Parker
Corsham Primary School (Broadwood Site)
Debbie Burchett
Ivy Lane Primary School
Julia Hawkins
Queens Crescent School
Lindsay Fry
Corsham Primary School (Pound Pill Site)

Nina Jeffries is Interim Headteacher at Aloeric Primary School.  She had a variety of jobs before turning to teaching 20 years ago.  On leaving school at 18 she went to Australia where she worked as a newspaper librarian and journalist, and helped set up a recreation centre for teenagers with learning difficulties (it’s still going strong nearly 40 years later).  Back in England after 6 years Down Under, she worked as a cook and then a houseparent at Fairfield Opportunity Farm before moving to London where she ran a women’s centre, followed by 2 years as Senior Assistant to the Director of a national AIDS project, London Lighthouse.

After a couple of years at home with her son, she went to Oxford Brookes University to train as a teacher, returning to Wiltshire in 2000 to take up the post of Key Stage One Leader at Aloeric. One of the legacies from her work in the AIDS sector is a strong commitment to the well-being of everyone involved with the school – she says we can’t give our best to the children and each other if we’re not well-looked after ourselves.

Nina has twice been drafted out of Aloeric to support other schools as Acting Headteacher, and is currently supporting 3 other schools and 8 Specialist Leaders of Education as part of a Phonics Programme across Wiltshire.

She is fiercely committed to effective early years education as providing the basis for continued and secure learning through life and strongly believes 'it’s such a joy to see the children grow through the year’.

www.aloeric.wilts.sch.uk

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