Principal’s Blog

June 2018

I am delighted to introduce myself as the Principal Designate for Chellaston Fields Spencer Academy. It is such an exciting opportunity to grow and shape a new school and allows the school to be exactly as we want it to be for our children and the local community.

I am passionate about creating an inclusive school where children are given a wealth of opportunities to allow them to be independent curious learners who feel confident in taking risks. We want to create a nurturing ethos where children feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them to build their resilience. Our curriculum will be fun, engaging and challenging to allow all of our children to achieve and GROW so that they have self-belief, confidence and a thirst for learning.

I have worked with the Spencer Academies Trust for many years and feel very privileged to now have this incredible opportunity to continue the outstanding education that the Trust School’s deliver by opening a brand new primary school in the Chellaston area.

The last few months have been an exciting whirlwind. Since being appointed as the Principal Designate in February, I have been meeting prospective parents and children, planning events, marketing for the new school and meeting with the build team. I will be writing a regular blog to keep you all updated as the plans progress; it is already moving quickly as we get ready for opening in September 2019.

Thank you to the parents who attended our consultation events. It was fantastic to meet you all, answer any questions you had and show you around one of our other academy schools. We plan to run more of these events for parents and carers to find out about the school so please keep following us on Twitter or checking the website for further dates and details.

The website has also been updated with a ‘frequently asked questions’ section which should answer any questions you may have regarding secondary school catchment, admission arrangements and the build itself. Do please get in touch if you have further questions too.

This month we have started to receive our first applications for school places which has been incredibly exciting. If you are interested in applying you can now begin to do this through our application form on the website.

This week we have important meetings regarding the school uniform and we will also be meeting the build team about the furniture, fixtures and fittings for inside the classrooms too.  We will keep you updated via our twitter feed.

Until my next blog, enjoy the sunshine.

Joanna McGregor

Principal Designate

Chellaston Fields Spencer Academy