Tacolneston Primary Academy under new leadership of executive head Andrew Phoenix
A headteacher has pledged to put his school at the heart of its community as he looks to build on its reputation.
Having taken up the top role at Tacolneston Primary Academy, Andrew Phoenix said he was keen to foster an atmosphere where children enjoy their education.
Mr Phoenix, who will fulfil the same role at Morley Primary School, with both being part of the St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust, spoke of his joy at taking up the post.
“I am delighted to join the trust of these two popular Church of England primary academies,” he said.
“I am looking forward to working with staff, children, parents and the local communities as I lead the schools on the next step of their journey.”
Since qualifying in 1995, Mr Phoenix has been a primary school headteacher for the last 13 years and has a wealth of experience, having taught across all age groups.
“I am passionate about making the most of every opportunity for the children, through ensuring children’s learning is meaningful and enjoyable, relevant to their lives now and in the future,” he said.
“Everyone at both schools has already made me very welcome. There are very good relationships between the staff and the children and between the children themselves.
“There is a tangible sense of togetherness and care for one another, which is evident in the day-to-day life of the schools.
“My vision is to see them at the heart of their communities, with distinctive individual identities within a strong federation, with genuine respect, love and compassion at their heart.”
Richard Cranmer, chief executive of St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust, said he was confident that both schools would flourish as a result of the appointment.
“We are delighted with the appointment of Mr Phoenix to two of our schools,” he said.
“He has already gained a really good understanding of both communities and I have no doubt that, with his experience and enthusiasm, the children will thrive.”
Tacolneston Primary has 90 pupils and 20 staff and was rated as good in its last Ofsted report in 2018.
At the time, the inspector praised the school for wanting the best for pupils, adding: “The school provides a happy and vibrant learning environment in which pupils feel safe, are well cared for, and are encouraged to do their very best.”