Potters Bar headteacher will use expertise to help other schools succeed

Dame Alison Peacock is leaving The Wroxham School after 14 years in front of her gift to the school.

Dame Alison Peacock is leaving The Wroxham School after 14 years in front of her gift to the school. - Credit: Archant

A headteacher is leaving her position at Wroxham School in Potters Bar in order to bring her prolific teaching experience to a wider audience.

Dame Alison Peacock, who has been headteacher at the primary school for 14 years, is moving on to become CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, starting in January.

In her time at Wroxham School, the school has moved from being in special measures to receiving three ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.

Dame Alison. who is 57 and has been teaching all her adult life, said: “I have loved every minute of it. I have loved being headteacher, I have loved working with all the children.

“I will miss all of that but I am also looking forward to taking those lessons to help lots of schools and lots of teachers and children all over the country.

“I have enjoyed the fact that we are very inclusive and that children have been able to achieve very high levels of success while enjoying school.

“We have got a double decker bus, a Celtic roundhouse and a forest school and their results are good, it isn’t an exam factory.”

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Having been made a Dame in 2013 for her services to education, Dame Alison is keen to enable other schools to have similar success to Wroxham and has written several books about learning without limits and refusing to label children.

“We have had great success at this school and our children are very fortunate because they have the full breadth of the curriculum and they have fantastic teachers,” she said.

“I wanted to enable many more teachers to feel fulfilled in their work. I have just got this rather challenging job of setting it up from nothing to make it work.

“We have had huge success with children that could so easily have been written off, who have achieved really highly because people believed in them.”

The school is going to be headed by joint acting headteachers Nicky Easey and Cheryl Mence. As a leaving present to the school, Dame Alison donated a big wall hanging with photos of the children and staff.

She said: “The school will continue and I’ll keep visiting. The next step is trying to create more Wroxham Schools everywhere.”