New head teacher announced for Parson Street Primary

Parson Street Primary, Bedminster has announced the appointment of Jamie Barry to lead the school from September 2015.

Jamie will join the school from Welford Primary School, Birmingham where he is currently headteacher. Headteacher Mark Lacey is leaving Parson Street after eleven years transforming the school to run a multi-academy trust in Wiltshire.

Vice-chair of Governors Jackie Smith said:

“Jamie will be joining us after a successful career in Birmingham where his current school has been judged as ‘good’ through a rigorous improvement programme. We’re delighted that we have found a headteacher who will understand our community and be passionate about South Bristol as he was brought up and educated locally.

“Equally it will be hard to say goodbye to Mark who has done so much for Parson Street – standards and achievements of pupils is much higher than it was eleven years ago thanks to his dedication and hard work.”

Parson Street Primary Headteacher Mark Lacey said:
“I have spent fourteen wonderful years at Parson Street, three as a teacher between 1997- 2000 and since 2004 as Headteacher. We had a very pleasing set of results and inspection report last Autumn and the staff have also just received a great Investors in People assessment. We have also had the most positive parent survey ever.

“I know that there will be so many ways in which I will miss Parson Street and the Malago Learning Partnership but I will look forward to hearing of even greater success in the future.”

Welford Primary School Headteacher Jamie Barry said:

“I am delighted to be returning to my home city of Bristol to take up the head teacher position at Parson Street Primary School. I am excited to be joining such a vibrant and engaging school but I am also equally excited about the opportunity to work with other talented leaders within the Malago Learning Partnership. Mr Lacey will be missed at Parson Street but I am looking forward to working with the team to take Parson Street from strength to strength.”

Notes for Jamie Barry-2Editors

1. Parson Street Primary School was judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors in November 2014.

2. Parson Street Primary School is part of the Malago Learning Partnership - - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.
3. The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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