Newly appointed joint Principals at Wykham Park Academy have spoken of their delight at leading a school they have decades of experience working in.

Following the retirement of the former principal at the end of term, Wykham Park Academy and Futures Institute have confirmed the appointment of Julia Ingham and Carly Berry as Joint Principals of the Banbury Aspirations Campus.

The women have more than thirty six years of combined experience working at the campus on Ruskin Road and are looking forward to managing the schools together:

“As long standing members of the Banbury Aspirations Campus we are delighted to be leading the school as Acting Joint Principals of Wykham Park Academy and Futures Institute,” said Ms Ingham. “Having achieved good Ofsted grades within the last 12 months, we look forward to leading the school into the next phase of its development alongside our dedicated colleagues.”

Ms Ingham’s experience includes over twenty five years as a member of the Senior Management Team with her most recent role as Head of School at Futures Institute. Its recent Ofsted inspection praised the school for its innovative curriculum and creative links to local employers in the Banbury area.

Ms Berry has been a senior leader at Banbury Campus since 2015 when she joined as an Assistant Principal. In 2017 she became Head of Sixth Form, leading the sixth form team to an Outstanding Ofsted rating the following year.

“With complementary skill sets and an excellent working relationship, we’re thrilled to be in role, continuing the great work going on on the Banbury Campus,” said Ms Berry. “The students have proven their resilience over the past few years and it is a privilege to be offered this opportunity.”

Wykham Park Academy and Futures Institute are part of the Aspirations Academies Trust which  oversees  16 academies in the south of England, educating more than 9,000 young people from ages 2 to 18. It is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background.


This story appeared in the Banbury Guardian on December 22 2024: