Welcome to Harrold Priory

Message from Mrs Lisa Benson – Acting Head of School

I feel privileged to lead Harrold Priory through changing times; supported by caring and pro-active parents and staff across the Sharnbrook Academy Federation. We work together to create a school community in which every child matters and has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.  All stakeholders work tirelessly to provide each child with a quality education and an opportunity for growth – personal, emotional and intellectual. 




I started my role at Harrold Priory in 2000 as Head of Physical Education and was soon promoted to Year 8 Pastoral Leader in 2001. This role led me to Lead Practitioner for Physical Education in 2009, working with Bedford Borough to improve standards and share good practice.

In 2010 I took on the leadership role for Behaviour and Safeguarding across the Sharnbrook Academy Federation Middle Schools, securing an Ofsted grade of ‘outstanding’ in the 2013 inspection for Harrold Priory. In December 2011 I was appointed as Acting Assistant Head Teacher for Harrold Priory and was successfully appointed into the full time role in 2013.

Earlier in my career I taught Physical Education in a Luton Secondary School and was Year 8 Pastoral Leader. Previously, I lectured in a Milton Keynes College of Further Education.  My brief time teaching in a Special School helped shape my practice and taught me a greater insight into alternative teaching methods. I am proud to state that throughout my teaching career my lessons have been judged internally and externally as unreservedly outstanding.

You are most welcome to come and visit our school, we look forward to meeting you

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