Incoming head to restore Parker E-ACT Academy

Andrew Mackereth with students at The Parker E-ACT Academy
Andrew Mackereth with students at The Parker E-ACT Academy

The incoming principal of The Parker E-ACT Academy has spoken to the Gusher about his plans to restore the school’s reputation.

Andrew Mackereth, who will be starting at the academy in Ashby Road, Daventry in September, believes it is an exciting opportunity and the change of pace in the school can be rapid.

The 48-year-old said: “One of the things that I have talked about a lot is restoration, making sure there is pride in the school and the belief in the badge.

“In the interview there was a student who said to me that the school is in special measures, but the students are not.

“That struck me as very profound because we think of schools as buildings and statistics but these are young people with hopes and dreams for the future. It is up to us to help them with those dreams.”

The academy entered special measures in March following an inspection from Ofsted but Mr Mackereth believes it can now emerge from that and start the rebuilding process.

He said: “There is an enormous challenge ahead and it will be difficult, but I feel very confident that progress at this school can be very rapid.

“I have a lot of experience in helping schools out of special measures and it can definitely be done here.”

School students sat in on the interviews for a new principal and they were pleased with the appointment of Mr Mackereth.

Twelve-year-old Duncan Woodward said: “He came across the most confident in the interviews, whereas the others would try to change the subject.

“He was very straight to the point and I think he will turn the school around.”