Dear Parents and Carers,
On behalf of the children, parents, Trustees and my dedicated team, welcome to Phoenix Infant Academy.
It is an honour to serve this welcoming and supportive community as Principal. Throughout my career, I have always been driven by the need to ensure that all my pupils, regardless of their background or starting points, are provided with the very best opportunities. As a mum of triplets, I understand how important it is as a parent to feel your children are being cared for whilst being given the highest standard of education possible. In collaboration with the community, we continue to drive our school forwards together towards excellence.
Phoenix Infant Academy is steeped in over eighty years of tradition. It has proved pivotal in educating the young children of this vibrant, diverse neighbourhood that originally served the local trading estate in a range of manufacturing and engineering roles back in the 1930s, and continues to do so today in a multitude of different ways.
Since its conception, the school has seen many changes: becoming co-educational; expanding to four-form entry before reducing to what is now three-form entry; converting to an Academy as part of Thames Learning Trust (formerly Baylis Court Trust); and re-branding from Godolphin Infant School to Phoenix Infant Academy.
The change in name was driven by the families themselves who recognised that the school had changed so much (for the better) and was now a much different place. With every occasion grasped as a learning opportunity, we followed the direction of the children with what can only be described as 'democracy in action' where the whole community was involved in choosing names and voting on their preference.
With a 5-year-old child standing up in assembly and stating that the school was very much like the Phoenix bird, 'Rising from the ashes into the sky', how could anyone compete?
This is why, truly, together we Soar!
Mrs Kate Pelazza