Pamela Wright OBE, FRSA
Chief Executive OfficeR, TRUSTEE
Mrs Pamela Wright, B.A., M.B.A., N.P.Q.H., is Chief Executive Officer of the Trust – Wade Deacon Trust. Until August 2014 she was Executive Principal of Wade Deacon High School. Her legacy at Wade Deacon was the students’ achievement of 80% 5 A*- C grades, including English and mathematics, placing the school in the top 4% nationally for value added. In addition, the achievement gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children significantly reduced which was part of an HMI survey into great practice in 2015. Under her leadership the school achieved its current outstanding Ofsted report with no areas for development identified. In addition under her leadership the school was awarded Times Educational Supplement Outstanding Secondary School of the Year 2012 Award.
Mrs Wright held many different senior leadership roles prior to her appointment as Executive Principal of Wade Deacon High School and then a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2008. The NLE role involves formal school to school support. Mrs Wright has worked closely with secondary, primary and all age schools to develop their capacity to improve. In all cases their examination results and /or Ofsted category have improved. Three of the schools which had been in an Ofsted category have been removed and judged to be good and the leadership capacity to further improve.
In her role as NLE she has a strong vision to improve teaching and learning in order to raise standards and provide opportunities for children and young people. This has included responsibility for neighbouring schools in Ofsted categories. In 2011 and then again in 2014 she also took responsibility for primary schools in special measures, both of which are now at least ‘good’ in all areas. In addition, she has supported Manchester schools in challenging circumstances and over twenty other schools across the North West of England, all of which have improved substantially. From January to August 2015 she was appointed Interim Executive Headteacher of an all-through school for children aged 3 – 16, to strengthen the vision, provide leadership and support.
Mrs Wright completed the Fellowship Programme with the National College in 2011. The Fellowship Programme is the highest level of professional development offered by the National College for Teaching and Learning. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list 2011 for services to educational locally, regionally and nationally.
Mrs Wright believes that every child deserves the right to the best education hence the multi academy trust has ‘A Commitment to Excellence’ as its all-embracing theme. This total commitment to excellence in everything is vital in improving the lives of children and young people.
She is passionate about world class opportunities for all pupils to ensure every child has the skills to compete for employment in a global economy. Mrs Wright is a British Council accredited facilitator of their Leadership Programme. During the last three years she has delivered training to Headteachers and school leaders in China, Sudan, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. In everything she does Mrs Wright places great emphasis upon developing leaders at every level and is totally committed in her conviction that young people come first and deserve the very best education in their one chance at school whether that be locally, nationally or internationally.