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New Headteacher at St Bartholomew's

New RWB School Head Starts Job Determined for Improvement


A new head teacher has taken up his post in a Wiltshire school this term and is very excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead as he looks to take the school on the next stages of its improvement journey.


St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy in Royal Wootton Bassett was inspected during the last week of term in July and was rated good for pupils’ personal development and well-being but required improvement overall. New head teacher Dan Oakes started work on 1 September and says the school has real strengths to build on.


Mr Oakes said:


“This is such a wonderful opportunity to join St. Bartholomew’s at such an exciting time.


“The Ofsted report reflects much of the hard work and improvements that had been put in place by the leadership team and the previous Headteacher in particular. The inspectors praised “the right climate for learning” saying that, “Pupils are ready to learn. They behave well and they treat one another well.”


“Pupils are safe and know how to stay safe. In particular, they praised the ‘valuable’ work done here to help pupils understand e-safety, and that St Bartholomew’s pupils spoke comprehensively about safe practices when using the internet.


“At the same time, when a school receives a report of requires improvement, it means exactly that. We must now build upon all the excellent work that has been done, whilst continuing to be aspirational and determined to provide the very best educational opportunities possible for all our children. Driving up standards is the challenge I really relish as a head teacher and each member of this wonderful learning community deserves nothing but the very best.


“I am determined to tackle the areas identified, such as ensuring that our monitoring systems work effectively, that pupils make effective progress across the ability range at every stage, and that teachers correct basic errors more effectively.


“I look forward to working with my colleagues, parents and our pupils to ensure the next Ofsted St Bartholomew’s receives is at the very least ‘Good’ if not better.


Mark Lacey, Chief Executive of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust which runs the schools said:


“I am delighted to welcome Mr Oakes to St Bartholomew’s. He brings an excellent track record from an outstanding school and I know that he possesses the qualities needed to take the school to its next level of development.


“He and the current Deputy Head, Mrs Holt-Jackson, are just the team we need to push things forward. We know we are on a journey and the recent report reflects the progress made thus far and helps us crystallise our plans for the next steps in our Academy Improvement Plan.”