Welcome from the Headteacher

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I am fantastically proud of the Academy, our staff and our students and our website has been designed to give you an insight into what makes this such a special place to work, learn and play.

I became Headteacher of the Academy when it opened in 2011. Our mission was to create an outstanding small school which would offer a distinctively different choice for the families of Macclesfield. Since we opened, that distinctive difference has crystallised around three key themes, all of which are rooted in our small size. We are a welcoming community where every child can be known and cared for as an individual; we offer a personalised curriculum which can be planned and modified to meet the strengths and interests of each individual learner; we provide an enriched experience where every student can find their own role and develop their own interests.

This approach has certainly borne fruit. Within three years of opening, we had been judged by OFSTED to be Good in all respects. The progress made by our students now far exceeds that made across the country as a whole and their attainment is above the national average in all the key subjects of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and Modern Languages. Just as important, our students, parents and staff know that they are part of a genuine community where every child is loved and cared for.

However, we are not done yet. Our motto is Making our Best Better and we will continue to work to develop the Academy still further so that it becomes the outstanding school that our students and their families deserve it to be.

Richard Hedge