Benedick Ashmore-Short, Hamford Primary Academy

Benedick Ashmore-Short is an inspirational and exceptional leader, who motivates and supports all staff and pupils to reach their full potential. Since joining the school, he has transformed Hamford Primary Academy in just four terms from being a school in Special Measures to a thriving, innovative and dynamic academy. So much so, that a recent Ofsted inspection has praised Benedick, stating, “you have had a galvanising effect on the school since taking up your post in September 2012. You have set out a vision that is shared by the staff and the governing body for the school to become outstanding in the near future.” As one grateful colleague stated, “it is an absolute privilege to work for Benedick; his boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion for education has enabled all staff to re-find their love for teaching and has brought parents, children, the community and the academy together, he is a transformational school leader”.