Ambitious Grosvenor Park Academy appoints new Head of School

A new Head of School at Grosvenor Park Academy has been appointed to spearhead the drive to make improvements across the board.
The city-centre primary joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in December, and big strides have already been made with the appointment of a full time PE teacher and a fresh lunch menu devised by an Irish Master Chef winner.
Now Richard Clark, who has experience of lifting standards at schools, has been given the task of building on the progress already made by Executive Head Wenda Smith.
He said: “We have very ambitious plans. They require a lot of hard work, but they are achievable and we are determined to make them a reality.
“This is such a happy, welcoming school and it is a great privilege to have an opportunity to help give children the best possible start in education.”
Mr Clark was part of a dramatic turnaround at Oak View Academy, Winsford, where he was Assistant Headteacher.
The Winsford school was the second worst primary in the country when it first joined NWAT in 2014 – but it is now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.
Among the other changes already implemented at Grosvenor Park include the school becoming ‘plastic free’, and it is benefiting from sharing resources with other NWAT schools.
Ms Smith, who is also Principal at Chester’s St Martin’s Academy which she guided to an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating within a year of opening in 2013, said: “This is already a wonderful school, but we are working hard to make it truly remarkable.
“We believe Richard is the ideal appointment to drive our ambitious plans forward, and make best use of the wealth of new resources now available to Grosvenor Park.”
Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, added: “We firmly believe that strength and improvement comes from our schools working together, sharing ideas and implementing best practice.
“The success of Oak View and St Martin’s speaks volumes, and it’s exciting to see everything we’ve learned being put into action at Grosvenor Park.”
Among the other NWAT schools is Delamere Academy, near Northwich, which is ranked the highest performing primary in West Cheshire according to the latest performance tables.