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A message from the Executive Headteacher

Dear Visitor

My name is Mrs Penny Brown and I am the Executive Headteacher of Ash Croft Primary Academy and Reigate Park Primary Schools.  

I have been a Headteacher for 7 years, and before working in Derby City I was a teacher and Deputy Headteacher in South Derbyshire. I feel extremely privileged to be working with primary schools that have such talented staff, wonderful children and supportive parents and governors. I am committed to working with the schools to ensure that pupils have access to a caring and nurturing environment where they feel safe, a stimulating curriculum, high quality teaching and exciting extra curricular opportunities available to them to enable them to achieve their potential and be the best they can be to prepare them for the future

‘What is an Executive Headteacher?’

An Executive Headteacher is a strategic role. I provide strategic leadership, which secures success and continuous improvement for a partnership of schools, ensuring high quality education for all pupils and the highest standards of learning and achievement.

I work closely with the Heads of School and Governors to make decisions, monitor the effectiveness of the provision and implement improvements. I lead the Senior Team: the Heads of School, Assistant Headteachers, Phase Leaders and School Business Managers.

I spend part of each week at each school, although these days change week by week. Therefore, I am not closely involved with the day-to- day management of the schools. I am always keen and happy to speak with parents, so please make an appointment with the school office.

If you have a query regarding your child’s education please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance, if you then need further information, please speak to one of the Heads of School or Senior Leaders.


Best Wishes

Penny Brown

Executive Headteacher

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Ashcroft School

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Derby, DE24 3HF

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Mrs E Mills

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