Allyson Brown - St Peter's CE Primary and Nursery School
Mrs Allyson Brown
St. Peters CE Primary and Nursery School
During her teaching career, Allyson (Ally) has worked in several local authorities including Powys, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. She has been a Head teacher since 2006 and began her headship career at a small Church of England village school on the outskirts of Telford. She then moved to Apley Wood Primary School in Telford, a larger than average two form entry primary school with 420 pupils on roll, where she spent 10 years as substantive Head before joining St Peter’s CE Primary School in January 2020.
During her time at Apley Wood Primary School she secured considerable change and improvement which led to the school being awarded National Support School status in February 2017 and Ally becoming a National Leader of Education (NLE).
In addition to her Headteacher role, she became a primary school improvement adviser for Telford & Wrekin LA in 2014 and, from September 2016 (following the restructuring of the LA), she then worked for the Severn Teaching School Alliance (STSA) in the same role for six years. Ally has also undertaken three Head teacher secondments to schools causing concern; managing one through forced academisation and the implementation of an interim executive board (IEB).
Ally is an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer and was commissioned to undertake pupil premium reviews for all schools within a West Midlands academy chain in 2018. In her role as an NLE, Ally has worked for the DfE to deliver the Tailored Support Programme which focuses on supporting leaders to implement workforce reform strategies in order to support recruitment and retention of early career teachers in primary schools across Walsall, Dudley and Birmingham. In addition, she also supports schools within Telford and Shropshire who are eligible for the DfE school improvement programme and is also an accredited PREVENT facilitator.
Ally’s passion is to ensure that strong leadership and management secures excellent outcomes and opportunities for all pupils. For the success of any school, it is vital that all staff share the same vision and core values in relation to what is to be achieved; instilling some very specific aims based on a vision of inspirational teaching and high aspiration, informed by current educational research and strong links with other schools. As leaders she believes we should strive to ensure that all pupils achieve their own potential, regardless of their barriers to learning, and drive standards, accelerating pupil progress through quality first teaching. This should be delivered through an inspiring curriculum with many opportunities for visits and visitors and hands on experiences related to real life contexts. In addition, to secure excellent teaching in a well-resourced and fit for purpose school environment which is supported by responsive, pro-active and effective monitoring systems. As part of that drive for continued self-improvement Ally has completed the National SENCo award and has a post graduate certificate in Inclusion and vulnerable learners.
In an ever-changing educational climate, it is vitally important that all schools are outward facing and work together in a mutually beneficial way. Every school, no matter where they are on their school improvement journey, has something valuable to offer to others. As a Head, Ally’s philosophy is to never ‘rest on your laurels’ and is always seeking ways to improve and develop practice in partnership with other local schools and beyond.