• The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Spire Junior School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Derbyshire

In his seven years at the helm, Headteacher Dave has driven significant change that has not only established Spire as a centre for effective learning, but also as a supportive hub at the heart of the wider community, which is in the top one per cent nationally for deprivation.  

In the 2022 Ofsted Report, inspectors observed a family atmosphere about Spire Junior School – ‘a caring school’. Dave’s vision was to create a ‘Disneyland of Learning’ where academic achievement was a by-product of a creative curriculum with authentic outcomes and life experiences that support the children to be successful in school and in life.  SATs results have dramatically improved under Dave’s steer, with combined results above the national average. 

Under Dave’s leadership, the school has established strategic industry partnerships that have helped to propagate the school’s values.  Dave has been intrinsic in organising a Chesterfield Headteacher partnership to support further improvement in all schools and coaches other Headteachers to overcome barriers to success.