Head Teacher – Miss Jodie Cope
It truly is a privilege to be Head Teacher at Ash Green Primary Academy, a part of The Societas Trust. Working with our children and wider community is genuinely a pleasure. I am fortunate in working with a team of highly skilled practitioners, leaders and governors who are all committed to us ‘achieving the best, together’.
During my professional journey, I have been able to develop my own philosophy in teaching and learning, gaining an extensive understanding of self-sustaining Academy improvement. I am passionate about working in a culture where equality, fairness and respect are paramount; I have an unshakeable belief that all children have an entitlement to world class opportunities regardless of background. I aspire for all children to have a love of learning and curiosity about the world we live in. A carefully designed curriculum and assessment system, bespoke to our School context, allows our children to make sense of the world and their place in it, as well as respecting and valuing other individuals and communities.
During my time at Ash Green Primary Academy, I have established a strong, professional relationship with all members of the School community. Communities have welcomed my vision in striving for excellence and not perfection. I continue to be dedicated in raising achievement for all children (also ensuring that children are physically and mentally healthy) and I have the desire to improve the quality of teaching and learning, by being an outward facing leader who has an awareness of current educational thinking and seeks best practice in other settings. Ash Green has strong collaborative links with the academies in the Societas Trust. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance. Being able to share best practice and impact on significant numbers of children, across our county and further afield, is highly rewarding.
Before joining Ash Green Primary Academy in January 2015, I was Assistant Headteacher and later Acting Headteacher at a single form entry School in Staffordshire. During my time here, we relentlessly raised the achievement for all children; this was evident by our children making the most progress in Staffordshire between the ages of seven and eleven. Nationally we were in the top 1% of schools for Value Added.
Deputy Head Teacher – Miss Alice Worthington
I feel very fortunate and privileged to be the Deputy Head Teacher at Ash Green Primary Academy – a school I have not only watched grow but have grown with. Being a part of the Ash Green family, in a trust that is committed to ‘great learning opportunities for all’, has allowed me to develop an extensive insight into leadership and management, whole school assessment and strategic direction and school improvement, all whilst managing a full time class teacher responsibility. I am passionate about school improvement and creating world class opportunities in an education system that is inclusive of all, no matter what a child’s background or circumstance and really do believe that this can only be achieved through a deep rooted commitment to ‘achieving the best, together’.
My educational philosophy is one which I feel is quite unique, in that it has been largely influenced by my time spent with the Ash Green family and its leaders who have nurtured me and guided me to become the confident leader I am today. Over the past six years, I have molded a philosophy of education which continues to guide my own practice both inside and outside of the classroom, as both a teacher and a leader. It is a philosophy that has been sculpted from my own personal beliefs and moral compass about teaching, learning and more importantly, my knowledge of children. I have an unshakeable belief that every child has the right to a world class education. I have come to fully appreciate how we, the educators, are the decisive element within the classroom. It is my own personal approach that creates the climate for learning. It is I, the educator, who possesses the power to make a child’s life joyous or miserable; it is I who provides a source of inspiration or cradle of doubt. I have the ability to humour and the ability to help a child heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a child feels humanised or dehumanised and so, I have an unwavering commitment to an educational ethos where every child is placed at the heart of every decision, action and belief. I have an unshakeable belief that the secret of education lies in the respect shown towards the child – educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all and it is our duty as the educators to serve each and every child. In doing so, every child has a champion – someone who refuses to give up on them, someone who is committed to finding their ‘best me’ and someone who is there to light the way. It is a philosophy that focuses on the child as a whole and triangulates fully with our Ash Green Values: Brave, Humble, Caring, Creative, Inquisitive and Independent. For me, children are the beating heart of education.
Prior to my role as Deputy Head Teacher, I held the position of Assistant Head Teacher at Ash Green Primary. During my time as Assistant Head Teacher, I also successfully taught Year 6 and together, the team celebrated a wealth of successes and achievements. In 2018, our school was placed top of the local authority for the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading (98%). Alongside this, I have watched all of my Year 6 cohorts achieve a number of personal bests, including;
- In 2018, 100% of my Year 6’s achieving the expected standard in Reading
- In 2019, 100% of my Year 6’s achieving the expected standard in Maths
Prior to joining Ash Green Primary in 2016, I worked in a one form entry school with high numbers of disadvantaged pupils – a stark contrast to the context I am working in today. Before this, I worked in a large international school teaching Year 2 in Doha, Qatar – teaching the English National Curriculum to a class of 17 different nationalities.