Acting Headteacher – Miss Jodie Cope
It truly is a privilege to be Acting Headteacher 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.
Acting Deputy Headteacher – Miss Alice Worthington
My current role at Ash Green is Acting Deputy Head Teacher. I thoroughly enjoy my role as both a classroom practitioner and a leader. Every day is unique and I continue to thrive on the challenges and rewards I have the opportunity to experience through two very different roles.
I joined Ash Green as English Lead, in September 2016. Since then, I have worked relentlessly to drive school improvement both inside and outside of the classroom, predominantly in Year 6. I have had the pleasure of working alongside a number of year 6 cohorts and take great pride in many of the achievements, that as a team, our staff and children have been able to celebrate. A highlight of my time in Year 6, was 98% of our Year 6 cohort in 2018, achieving the expected standard in Reading.
I have an unwavering belief that every child, no matter what their journey, given the right support and opportunity, is capable of making accelerated progress and achieving their best ‘me’. Teaching and inspiring young minds is at the forefront of everything I do, and I feel so lucky that every day I am in a position to directly impact upon our pupils.
Prior to working at Ash Green, I worked in a range of different school contexts; including a large international British school in Doha, Qatar. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to teach a range of different nationalities, in an educational climate which was a stark contrast to the one I am in now. During this time, I taught Key Stage 1. I followed the English National Curriculum and delivered this to 17 different nationalities within my class. Since then, I have worked as a system leader through Blackfriars Teaching Alliance and delivered training for local teaching schools to impact children and teachers from a range of different contexts, particularly in Reading.
English Language and Literature is my background and is an irrepressible passion of mine. I am fascinated by the abundance of opportunity a literate individual has access to. I am an avid reader and I strive each and every day to positively impact on our children’s perceptions of reading. I am a strong believer that, “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary” (Jim Rohn). For me, reading is the backbone of society, those who read are the people capable of making our world a better place. I am exceptionally proud of our reading achievements at Ash Green Primary, even more so this year with the introduction of our very own Reading Heroes. Our Reading Heroes are our vision and our voice – a group of children who have an unshakeable belief that reading is magic. We believe that the beauty of reading at Ash Green is that it is completely democratic. Everyone has a say. Every child’s voice counts, and everyone has the chance to paint the world from their own perspective – which for me, is the most important thing of all.