Penwortham Priory Academy
Lancashire, United Kingdom
About Penwortham Priory Academy
We are situated in an area of South Ribble that, within two and a half kilometres radius, also contains an all-girls high school, a catholic high school and an all-boys ex grammar school. We have some 701 pupils on roll. Growing numbers and popularity of the school within the local community will result in 200 more pupils being in the school at September 2018 start from present. In recent times, we have been successful at recruiting bigger numbers of students, moving from an intake of 105 students in 2013, 115 in 2014 to 151 in 2015 and 154 starting in 2016. This year, September 2017 our year 7 is full at 180 – so the school’s market share has increased significantly over the last 3-4 years. Much of this is down to the school’s deliberate efforts to work more warmly with our local community and our partner primary schools. Therefore, we have a focussed strategic approach not only to teaching and learning, but to our reputation in the local community and how we work with all stakeholders, including our partner primaries, to ensure we attract pupils to the school.
The school is a stand-alone Academy. The Headteacher has forged links with three local good schools, forming our ‘family’ of schools through which good practice is shared and we are active members of the Preston’s Teaching School Alliance.
At Priory, we want a system in which all children and young people achieve. We believe we can have a great school that delivers quality and equality for all our students. This will involve imagination, courage and collective action, with capacity building at its heart – leadership capacity, pedagogical capacity and the capacity for creativity and action.
This journey to great, and our ability to stay there, relies upon the values and behaviours of us, the staff, to propel continuing improvement. Our focus now is to ‘unleashing greatness’ within Priory itself – working collaboratively to improve the quality both of staff entering the profession and existing staff, cultivating peer learning within school and between schools, encouraging innovation to discover future leading practices and ultimately ownership and accountability by ourselves of outcomes and the quality of education at Priory.
Staff at Priory must therefore be willing to work to our value set. We are committed, we are positive, we evolve. The 3 pillars of Priory.
Penwortham is a town in South Ribble, Lancashire, on the south bank of the River Ribble facing the City of Preston.
In 2017, Channel 4 programme ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’ named South Ribble as the number one place to live. And it’s easy to see why. Presenter Sarah Beeney, said “The local communities are friendly and as a bonus there’s beautiful countryside nearby. I’ve been really struck by how optimistic it is for the future and how happy people are.”
Penwortham Priory Academy is situated just a 10 minute drive away from Preston Train Station, is easily accessible from motorway, and the larger cities of Manchester and Liverpool are less than 1 hour away.
Priory is an outstanding school with great facilities and amazing teachers. Priory challenges pupils so they get the best grades when they leave. I have loved it here at Priory and so would you!- Priory Pupil
Priory, to me, really has been the best decision that I have made. At Priory, I have developed relationships with students and staff alike, have grown to be more confident and have excelled with my grades. The grounds and facilities are excellent and the teacher’s additional efforts mean that I feel ready to take on exams.- Priory Pupil
Priory changed everything for me. I was afraid to come, but I should not have been. Priory is welcoming, helpful and co-operative. I have learnt skills, in and out of lesson, which I couldn’t anywhere else. The staff are brilliant and patient with teaching and helping. The pupils are welcoming and kind. To put is simply Priory is incredible. We are incredible.- Head Boy