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Outstanding promise at Beamont
4:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PRINCIPAL Andrew Moorcroft is determined to transform Beamont Collegiate Academy into the outstanding school that its pupils deserve.
Mr Moorcroft is fully aware that there is a long journey ahead to turn his vision for the academy into a reality but believes his past experiences are perfectly suited to his new venture.
The former vice-principal at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, the first academy in Runcorn for students aged 11 to 18, Mr Moorcroft said: “I was at the academy for three years and, during that time, it has become a place where children learn through applied learning.
“There is a hair salon and a garage at the academy - these are great places for students to learn new skills through applied learning.”
Mr Moorcroft, who received his PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University, will officially start his new role in September but has spent a vast amount of time at the academy since he was appointed in May.
“All the staff are onboard with where I want to take the school. I have high hopes for the next few years,” said Mr Moorcroft.
The academy, which was identified as satisfactory during its most recent Ofsted inspection, has some way to go before it becomes an outstanding educational establishment.
“I have set the bar high,” said Mr Moorcroft, who spent the majority of his career as an English teacher. “My main priority is to improve on the grades from this year.”
Born in Liverpool, Mr Moorcroft believes education was ‘transformative’ during his early years.
The principal, who also spent time teaching in New York, said: “I went to school in Huyton, which is quite a deprived area. But my education provided me with the life I have now.
“I want to give back to the young people exactly what I had. I want to make a real difference in their lives.”
As part of the new vision, the academy on Long Lane is due to undergo a major renovation project.
Mr Moorcroft said: “I’m not sure of the exact details as we are still very much in the early stages but I’m hoping the building work will begin in summer 2014.”
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