Early arrival for new head

Andrew MacKereth and some of the pupils from the Parker E-ACT Academy
Andrew MacKereth and some of the pupils from the Parker E-ACT Academy

Work to turn around the fortunes of The Parker E-ACT Academy in Daventry have been given a further boost thanks to the early arrival of its new principal.

Andrew Mackereth was appointed as the new principal in April and was due to take up his new position in September.

However, he has been released early from his position as principal of the Heart of England Academy in Solihull to replace Krysia Butwilowska, who was originally due to leave at the end of the academic year.

He is now talking about driving further improvements in the academy.

Mr Mackereth said: “My previous school has been very good in allowing me to spend so much time here before taking on the job full time, but it is lovely to be in this environment and there is a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff and the pupils. What we are now looking at, in consultation with the students, is improving the behaviour because it has fallen below what I like to see and the children agree with me.

“We are also looking to bring the very best teachers into this school as well.”

The current chair of governors, Dame Marcia Twelftree, said: “We would like to place on record our thanks to the Heart of England Academy for allowing the new principal to start earlier which is helping the changes go forward even quicker.”

The appointment follows on from the first monitoring visit carried out by Ofsted after the academy was put into special measures.

It was the first visit by the Government inspector which will be carried out every term until the academy is judged to be out of special measures.

Mr Mackereth said: “There was nothing in the report which we are displeased with, it was as good as it possibly could have been at this stage.

“One of the biggest confidence boosters from the report is that we are able to take on newly-qualified teachers. It means we are trusted, as a school, to be able to help impressionable teachers taking their first steps.

“To have that from Ofsted is a huge confidence boost and reinforces the idea that we are on the right track to getting the school back to where it should be. I want to make sure that The Parker E-ACT Academy is the number one choice for parents when they decide where to send their children.”