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Our Collective Vision

Why - Our Vision

Our vision is to work together to provide the best schools and outcomes for our children.

How - Our Strategy

  • Harness our collective expertise to drive school improvement and realise the best for all children and adults working and learning in our schools
  • Celebrate and communicate the successes in our schools to encourage aspiration and innovation
  • Provide support and challenge for each school so that every child meets their full potential
  • Recognise and celebrate each school's uniqueness, and the enduring Christian distinctiveness of our church schools, valuing all members of our Trust family

What - Our Mission

Team

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.

Approach

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.

Celebrate

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.

Together

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.

Future

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.

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Our Values

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.

Meet our Executive Leadership Team
  • James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CEO; Previous experience as Director of Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance; Specialist Leader of Education; Teaching School Council Link James Passmore Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: James is Director of Gecko Learning Ltd, an educational consultancy company; his brother is Director of Digital Wonderlab, an IT solutions company.

    James has over 17 years education experience and 14 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 Executive Headteacher Executive Headteacher; North Hub Executive Lead; School Improvement; Teaching & Learning; Curriculum; Assessment & Data Analysis; NPQH, LLE Julia Fountain Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: None

    Julia Hawkins 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 9 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.

  • Gina Cooke Executive Headteacher Executive Leadership; School Improvement; Teaching & Learning; Curriculum; Assessment & Data Analysis; NPQH, OFSTED Inspector Gina Cooke Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2018 Pecuniary interests: None

    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.

  • Keith Hillman Finance Director Financial system management and forecasting. Keith Hillman Finance Director Term start: August 01 2017 Term end: July 31 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Keith qualified as an accountant (CIMA) in 1983 during his 34 year career with Wiltshire Council. His last two positions were Chief Accountant, which included responsibility for the Education and Budget Support Team, and Service Director, Adult Care Services which covered responsibility for a £180m budget, procurement, IT, performance information and project support. Keith acted as Project Manager when Corsham Primary School converted to a SAT in 2011 and then joined them as Finance Director. This then led to him being Finance Director for PAT in 2017.

  • Emma Preater Business Director Business Director; Financial Management; Compliance; Health & Safety; Premises; Operations; Procurement; Risk Management Emma Preater Business Director Term start: September 03 2018 Pecuniary interests: none

    Business Director; Financial Management; Compliance; Health & Safety; Premises; Operations; Procurement; Risk Management

  • Amy Tapscott Professional Development Director Director of PLTSA, Professional Development & Learning, Leadership Development, Early Career Teachers, Initial Teacher Training, Curriculum, SLE Amy Tapscott Professional Development Director Pecuniary interests:

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  • Ray Picton South Hub Executive Leader Ray Picton is the Headteacher of Greentrees Primary School, as well as Pickwick's South Hub Executive Leader. Ray Picton South Hub Executive Leader Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    Ray has been in the teaching profession for 36 years. He has been a Nursery, FS2, KS1 and KS2 teacher, deputy and now Head teacher. 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 Executive Headteacher Rebecca Bone is the Headteacher of Winterslow CE Primary School, as well as one of Pickwick's Executive Headteachers. Rebecca Bone Executive Headteacher Term start: September 01 2021 Pecuniary interests: None

    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.

Meet the Entire Team
Our Schools

Pickwick Academy Trust is made up of eight community and church primary schools across North and South Wiltshire, and is organised into two 'hubs'.  Our schools include: Aloeric Primary SchoolCorsham Primary SchoolIvy Lane Primary School, Ludwell Primary SchoolQueen’s Crescent Primary School, Winterslow CofE Primary School, Greentrees Primary School and Pitton CofE 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 four 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.

Our Schools
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