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A headship masterclass

Leadership/school profiles
Alison Peacock has now led her school through three outstanding Ofsted inspections. She is clear that professional courage and a focus on enabling learning progress is key. Emma Lee-Potter reports

Clarity of vision, professional courage and the ability to hit the ground running. In Alison Peacock’s view, these are just some of the key elements of successful headship.

They clearly work too. When Ms Peacock was appointed as headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire in 2003, the school was in special measures. These were lifted within nine months of her appointment and she has since led the school through three outstanding Ofsted inspections. The most recent was in May this year, when inspectors concluded that she provides “inspirational leadership”, that teaching is “outstanding” in all year groups, and that the pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are “exemplary”.

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