I am currently headteacher of a three form entry Catholic primary school in Manchester. We are currently judged as a good school and are part of a Catholic Academy Trust and, because of this, we have links with others schools alongside our links to the Local Authority.
I have been a headteacher for 9 years and a LLE for the last 4 years. For the majority of my time as headteacher, I was a leading a one form entry school in Tameside which was judged as a Good school. I have learnt along the way. In my first inspection as headteacher in 2013, we were judged as Requiring Improvement. Although disappointing at the time, this proved a valuable experience for the school and myself as a leader.
We responded to the setback of 2013 swiftly and improved results year on year, ensuring we were in the top quintile of schools for the final 3 years of my tenure, with our Maths results being consistently in the highest 10%. As I left we were informed by the DFE that our 2018 results placed us in the top 1% of schools in the country. We did this with my own personal philosophy that was lived by all. We wanted a 'happy and successful' school for everybody and those twin aims were never compromised.
In 2015 I was asked to be an Associate Headteacher in Tameside undertaking termly visits to schools and building excellent relationships with the headteachers I worked with. In addition I have been invited to pass on my experience to new and aspiring headteachers.
From September 2016, in my capacity as a LLE, I was asked by the Diocese of Shrewsbury to become the Executive Headteacher of a one form entry primary school. The headteacher, who was extremely well loved by the staff. I inherited a school that was due to be inspected and that had vulnerable results. I steered the school through this potentially turbulent time, including their inspection of March 2017, where we were judged as Good, and helped move the school forward.
Since starting in my latest post, I have developed a new staffing structure which has supported the demands of a large organisation, whilst ensuring all staff feel valued and supported.
My strengths are that I am able to keep perspective, build relationships and unify a team. I can think strategically and have a strong understanding of data and how it can be used to pinpoint needs of school. As a headteacher in both small and large schools, as an Executive Headteacher and as an Associate Headteacher I have helped schools improve and would look forward to working with schools who would like my support.
Approachable, empowering, build strong teams, strategic, methodical, data analysis, utilizing strengths of staff, curriculum development, leadership development, coaching and mentoring
St Peter’s Catholic Primary, Manchester - Improved results and OFSTED inspection. Holden Clough Primary, Ashton - Reviewed staffing structure and processes leading to improved results. St Paul’s CoE, Stalybridge - Improved systems in teaching leading to improved results.
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