Welcome to Anglian Learning, a multi academy trust based in East Anglia and serving pupils and learners from across the age range and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Anglian Learning was formed in September 2016 of four successful secondary schools who were passionate about the difference that high quality education can make to all young people, their families and their communities. Each school wanted to harness the additional capacity needed to make this happen that could be achieved through membership of a wider trust, while at the same time retaining a clear sense of local identity and autonomy.
In March 2018, three primary schools also joined us on the journey to achieving outstanding outcomes for all of our young people and with the addition of The Oakes College Cambridge (formerly Netherhall Sixth Form) we now span education from early years through to Year 13. A further secondary school with Sixth Form joined in January 2020 followed by four more primary schools and another secondary school joining us in April 2020. In April 2021 an additional primary school joined our family of schools.
Our brand new school, Marleigh Primary Academy, was opened in September 2022 and we look forward to opening our second brand new school, Deneia Primary Academy. The school is planned to be opened from September 2024 and will be a 630 place, 3 form entry academy that is being built within extensive grounds in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
However, through our long and illustrious history via the village colleges, we can also claim with justification to be educating learners into extreme old age, as well as providing extensive support for young families via our locality links, therefore truly delivering cradle to grave learning opportunities.
Whether you are a parent considering sending your child to one of our schools; a prospective member of staff looking for the first or next step in your career; or a school that may wish to become a part of the Anglian Learning story, I hope this website gives you something of a flavour of what we offer as a Trust and the ambition we have for all members of our community.
The core Vision of Anglian Learning is to enable:
Dynamic, empowered learners who thrive and lead in their communities: locally, nationally and globally.
Our four core values and principles guide our work to achieve our vision:
We are ambitious for ourselves and all those in our community to be the best we can be
We underpin our relationships with a culture of support, respect and trust, recognising we are stronger together
We enable our academies, staff and learners to embrace new ideas and think creatively
We believe in equality of opportunity, celebrating everyone’s differences and supporting learners of all abilities from all backgrounds
Anglian Learning welcomes regulation and scrutiny by local and central government. As an organisation governed by company and charitable law, and responsible for significant public expenditure as well as the educational outcomes for 1000s of children and young people, we have a duty to discharge our functions in a way that is transparent, efficient and promotes public confidence in not only Anglian Learning but the educational sector as a whole.
Our Blueprints set out our aspirational position, defining how our common values will manifest in our school provision, systems and culture. The Blueprints are co-constructed by central leadership team and headteachers, in dialogue with other senior leaders through our strategic groups. The common principles set out in the Blueprints are interpreted by each school as appropriate to their context.
I have recently completed a PhD in History at Anglia Ruskin ... University, having previously had a varied career as civil servant, primary school teacher, sheep farmer, and schools IT adviser. In that last position I worked with primary, secondary and special schools across Cambridgeshire on curriculum development until I retired in 2014. I am now carrying out further historical research. I was a parent governor at Bottisham Village College and, when Anglia Learning was formed, I joined as a trustee, later becoming chair of finance. I stepped down from that role in 2018 but am delighted to continue to support the Trust’s work
I am a qualified Global Chartered Management Accountant and a member ... of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. I work as a Group Head of Finance for a software development company, with headquarters in Cambridge and offices in the UK, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. I sit on the Executive Committee of the Group and am responsible for the leadership and management of the finance teams around the world. I was a Parent Governor at The Netherhall School and 6th Form Centre from November 2012 to September 2017. In September 2013 I was voted as Chair of the Finance Committee and became Chair of the Governing Body in December 2013. I successfully led the school through a very challenging period of exciting and sometimes difficult changes, including recruiting a new Principal, converting the school to an Academy and becoming part of the Anglian Learning. In my little spare time I enjoy spending time with family, exploring new places and socialising with friends and colleagues.
I am Director and Founder of Cambridge Healthcare & Biotech and its ... its sister company DH&B, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. I have a research background and have worked in and for the life science industry for over 35 years. I held various management positions over a ten-year period with Eli Lilly in areas such as New Product Planning and Marketing, before leaving Lilly to join Rorer Healthcare where I was Strategic Planning Director and a member of their UK Executive Committee. I have been a Principal in both KPMG's and Coopers & Lybrand's consulting divisions, plus I spent three years as an Assistant Director with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where I was responsible for healthcare merger, acquisition and divestment projects based out of the bank's London, Frankfurt and New York offices. As well as being a Member of Anglian Learning, I am also a Feoffee (Trustee) of the Nicholas Swallow and Other Charities and a Manager of the Duxford Saturday Workshop. My hobbies include playing and teaching guitar and ukulele, plus I am a keen wildlife photographer.
I am Group Corporate Communications Director for the family-owned Marshall Group ... of Companies, where I work alongside the Group's Chief Executive, Robert Marshall. I joined Marshall in 1983 and have worked in each of the Group's main operating companies, before joining the Head Office team at the end of 2011. My first 10 years with the Group was spent in Marshall Aerospace, most of this time in the Commercial Office. I then moved to Marshall Land Systems as Product Manager of its waste compactor business, responsible for taking the innovative new design out of development and into production. A longer spell in Marshall Motor Group followed, most of that time as Business Development Director. I am now a Non-Executive Director of Marshall Motor Holdings PLC. Additionally, I am Chairman of No.104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Cadets; a Trustee of Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust; a Board Director of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce; Vice President of the Automotive Fellowship International; a member of the National Employers' Advisory Board for the Secretary of State for Defence; and Chairman of the Regional Employers Engagement Group for the MOD. I am a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of the Motor Industry.
I began my teaching career at Ashmole School in North London ... in 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where I studied History and English, followed by teacher training in Sussex. In 1998 I moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where I became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE / Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, I took up the post of Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headteacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010. In 2018, I became Chief Executive Officer of Anglian Learning.
I am a representative on the Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and a member of the CEOs network in the local area, and I have also been Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership. I am a National Leader of Education and have been an Ofsted Inspector.
I am passionate about the mission of Anglian Learning which is to ensure the best possible educational outcomes and experiences for all pupils, for their families and their communities through self-sustaining, innovative and outward facing schools, able to support and challenge each other to achieve excellence.
I am the CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), ... a professional body and scientific publisher with over 500 staff based in Cambridge. During my career, I have led many of the RSC’s strategic functions including Education and Professional Practice, Science and Communities, Membership and RSC China.
I have also served as Chair of the Science Council (2018 - 2021), a UK charity for the advancement of the Science profession, and currently chair the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy Advisory Board. Having completed a degree and PhD in Chemistry, I am a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist.
Prior to becoming a Trustee of Anglian Learning, I was elected as a Parent Governor at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport (JFAN) in 2012 and became Chair of the then single academy trust in 2016. I stepped down from this role when JFAN joined Anglian Learning on 1 January 2020.
I am passionate about science and ensuring every child has an opportunity to reach their potential.
I have a life-long interest and involvement in education, initially as ... a teacher, followed by 10 years as a primary Headteacher, I worked as an Ofsted Inspector and a Local Authority adviser, before retiring from my position of Head of School Improvement (Primary) in Cambridgeshire in 2008. Since then I have worked as a Senior Adviser with the Primary National Strategy, as a School Improvement Partner for many local schools and as an independent School Improvement Consultant, maintaining my active involvement in schools and learning. I have a deep understanding of the rewards and challenges involved in Primary education and of the many facets of school improvement.
Other members of my family are also involved in education, including roles as governors, a teacher, and grandchildren moving through the different tiers of the education system. Since retirement I have been able to travel more widely, and to pursue my creative hobbies of tapestry and cross-stitch.
After gaining a degree in Physics with Computing I have worked ... in computer software development for more than 40 years, specialising in Information Security and Messaging. Since 2000 I have been Managing Director of Metanate Ltd, a Software consultancy based in Great Shelford. After becoming involved in education as parent helper when my daughters attended the local primary school I became a school governor at Sawston Village College, and whilst being Chair of the Governing Body I steered the school through Academy Conversion. I joined the Board of Anglian Learning when it formed in 2016.
After 10 years in the IT industry as a software engineer, I ... I spent most of my career with BP working across the oil, gas, chemicals and alternative energy divisions. I was involved in initiating, negotiating, establishing and leading new businesses, optimising and improving existing businesses and I lived and worked in China for over 10 years. I was a director and Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and a director and Vice Chair of the China Britain Business Council supporting British companies doing business in China. I was a school governor of Dulwich College Beijing which my children attended and am currently an Associate at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge supporting its Bridge initiative to strengthen the links between academia and industry. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to Anglian Learning and support its mission to offer an outstanding education to all its students.
I spent most of my working life in the city of ... London, initially working for a large fund management group and then 25 years ago I set up a wealth management business with another partner. Having developed the business it merged with another firm in 2003, and then the merged business was sold to a large city bank in 2007. At the time of sale the business employed 150 people and managed over £4.5 billion in assets. Having been with the business from the start to the size when sold in 2007, I have been involved in most areas of business management, including HR, financial controls and compliance. I decided to retire after the sale, and now manage my own property company. I also occasionally help out with a local Riding for the Disabled group. I have been Chair of Governors at Bassingbourn Village College. I led the successful conversion process to an Academy in 2011 and was involved in the successful bidding process and implementation for two large building projects at the college for a total of £1.5 million. I was also the child protection and SEN Governor. I am married and have two children at university.
Schooled in Saffron Walden and Cambridge, I live in Cambridge and ... am a father of one teenage son. I work for a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank in the digital assets field. Before returning to England in 2020, I spent about 25 years working in investment banking based in Tokyo and Hong Kong. As a strong believer in lifelong learning, I am enrolled as a part-time Masters student of entrepreneurship at Cambridge University and in my spare time enjoy supporting Cambridge United football club.
I was fortunate to enjoy a wonderful education at school in ... London, before University at Southampton and then Cambridge where I completed a PhD in medieval history. My journey in education continued as I became a mother of three children, a governor of their primary school and a passionate history teacher.
I became Principal of Soham Village College in 2006, determined to bring high quality education and rich experiences to all young people, particularly those who were not otherwise advantaged. As an active member of Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads for many years, I chaired the Inclusion group and, as part of Cambridgeshire Children’s Trust, the multi-agency East Cambs and Fenland Area Partnership.
In 2012 I led the creation of a small multi academy trust in East Cambridgeshire. Kennett Primary School joined Soham Village College and, in September 2013, we opened The Shade Primary School in Soham. The Weatheralls Primary School joined the Staploe Education Trust in 2017 and since then I have led, as Executive Headteacher (CEO), a small Trust of four very different schools which share a common purpose in the service of our community.
Throughout my career I have worked and learned alongside some tremendous professionals. I am pleased to continue my journey as a trustee of Anglian Learning in support of the Trust’s ambitious vision for every learner in our schools.
Jonathan began his teaching career at Ashmole School in North London ... 1991, having graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied History and English, followed by teacher training in Sussex. In 1998 he moved to a secondary school in Stevenage where he became Head of History and then, simultaneously with this post, Head of Year and PSHE / Citizenship Co-ordinator. From here, Jonathan took up the post of Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headteacher at Sawston Village College before becoming Principal of the school in 2010. In 2018, Jonathan became Chief Executive Officer of Anglian Learning.
Jonathan is a representative on the Cambridgeshire Schools Forum and a member of the CEOs network in the local area, and he has also been the Chair of the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership. He is a National Leader of Education and has been an Ofsted Inspector.
Jonathan is passionate about the mission of Anglian Learning which is to ensure that the best possible educational outcomes and experiences for all pupils, for their families and their communities through self-sustaining, innovative and outward facing schools, able to support and challenge each other to achieve excellence.
Rachael started her teaching career at a large infant school in ... centre of Huntingdon. It was here she was able to further pursue her interest in child development and special educational needs when she took on the position of SENCo, a role which she held for over next 11 years.
In 2009, she joined Bottisham Community Primary School and held various roles including SENCo, EY/KS1 Team Leader and Deputy before becoming Headteacher in 2016. As headteacher, she was fortunate to be able to lead the school to join Anglian Learning in 2018 as one of the first three primary schools, along with Fen Ditton Community Primary School and Stapleford Community Primary School.
Claudine joined the Trust as the Director of Operations in March 2019 ... to oversee Estates Management, including Health and Safety and the management and effective use of SCA funding. Having a vast amount of experience within education facility management, she is responsible for the delivery of all building projects for the Trust, managing multiple estate projects. This includes new builds, repairs / replacement works, and Claudine was the project lead for the recently completed £17m project at Bottisham Village College. With the Director of Finance, she also manages the procurement of energy, maintenance, catering and other similar contracts; overseeing the centralisation of contracts across the estate.
In 2000, Claudine joined Bottisham Village College initially working in finance then managing facilities. In 2016, she became Head of Operations for Bottisham Village College and The Netherhall School prior to joining the Trust.
A mother of two, Claudine has been heavily involved with organising school fundraising events. In her spare time, Claudine enjoys spending time with the family and walking the dogs, she enjoys outdoor pursuits and socialising with friends.
Kerrie began working as a clerk for a number of Governing ... as an employee of CamClerks, the Local Authority traded service. This included Bottisham Village College where she began working in 2004 and subsequently The Netherhall School. When the Trust was formed, she went on to provide clerking services for the Trust Board and its committees. As Anglian Learning has grown this role has developed to provide support for the Trust’s Local Governing Bodies. Kerrie was appointed to the role of Head of Governance Support, Compliance and Risk in September 2021 to ensure governance adheres to good practice and meets all statutory and regulatory requirements.
Prior to this Kerrie studied Biochemistry at Sheffield University and subsequently graduated from Leeds University with a PhD in Molecular Biology in 1989. She worked in academic research in Leeds, New Zealand and Kent for a number of years before taking a career break to raise her children.
Kerrie has two grown up children and in her spare time enjoys adventurous travel, time with family and friends and tending to her many pets.
Caroline began her HR career in 2000 at Sainsbury’s where she ... in a range of HR roles including Regional HR Manager and HR Change Manager. She has also held posts in the leisure industry and local government. Prior to joining Anglian Learning Caroline spent 13 years at the University of Cambridge, most recently as Head of HR for the School of Clinical Medicine. At the Clinical School, Caroline was responsible for the HR strategy and the operational HR service to over 3000 staff across 21 academic departments. Caroline is passionate about wellbeing within the workplace and successfully developed and embedded the Clinical School’s wellbeing programme. Caroline was also a trustee for Mind in Cambridgeshire between 2015-2018.
Caroline joined Anglian Learning in January 2023 to develop and deliver our new people strategy and lead our HR service. Caroline is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In her spare time she enjoys going on long walks by the coast with her husband and new miniature poodle.
James Woodcock studied History at Durham, graduating in 1998, before spending 5 years ... years studying and practising law in York and Leeds. James then moved to Cambridge to train to teach and has made Cambridgeshire his home. He has been an Assistant Principal for over a decade, with particular responsibility for teaching and learning, professional learning and primary transition, having previously been a Head of History.
James is particularly interested in the professional development of colleagues and the cultures and structures that enable sustained professional growth. James' writing for the journal Teaching History has been internationally influential. He has worked in Initial Teacher Training throughout his career, initially as a mentor then as a Professional Tutor and Senior Tutor for the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Teaching School Network, including various roles training mentors and contributing to the development of Initial Teacher Training programmes. He has also been responsible for Newly Qualified Teachers and new staff training, whole school professional learning and teaching and learning policy development, as well as QA and PM. His substantial experience of primary transition, as well as having worked as a year lead, provides James with a perspective that crosses key stages and brings together a knowledge of both academic learning and pastoral care.
James' philosophy is to build colleagues' breadth of expertise, to enable individuals, teams and institutions to engage with and shape debates, to reflect constructively critically, and to develop practice through informed decision making and policy design. James believes strongly in the importance of sustainable professional and institutional development, rooted in the presumption of learning before enacting widescale change. James is acutely aware of the often distinctive qualities of individual subject disciplines and different phases and key stages, as well as of the benefits of consistent practices within schools where these are appropriate to support pupils' learning, and this shapes his approach to teacher training and policy development.
Duncan studied Biology at the University of Leeds which led to ... first teaching position in a large comprehensive school in London, eventually becoming Lead Teacher for Science across the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Alongside his role of Deputy CEO, Duncan was the previous Principal of Bassingbourn Village College, appointed in 2013 until August 2019. Duncan is proud of the strong positive ethos that has developed at Bassingbourn, where all students are known as individuals and where each student enjoys an education that focuses on their own individual skills, strengths and aptitudes. He believes that education is most successful when the College, the students and their parents form a strong partnership.
Prior to this, Duncan was Deputy Principal of a small Multi-Academy Trust where he was responsible for the leadership of the Curriculum, Outcomes and Quality Assurance across Primary, Secondary and Post 16 learning phases. Both of these roles have been clearly focused upon improving standards. Additionally, Duncan has been a practicing Ofsted Inspector. This has greatly supported his School-to-School support work. He is also a Parent Governor for a primary school in Suffolk.
Charity graduated from the University of York in 1993 with a degree ... in Economics.
She then trained with KPMG, leading on external audit of both profit and not-for profit organisations. Following a period leading on apprenticeship programmes for a training provider, Charity joined Cambridge City Council in 2004. Her wide-ranging role including financial reporting and working on the implications of new projects and initiatives including city growth. She was a key project lead on the procurement and implementation of a new financial management system for the City and two neighbouring councils.
Charity joined Anglian Learning in January 2019 as Director of Finance and helped to support the significant growth of the Trust during 2020, which included the implementation of a new core financial and budgeting and forecasting systems. She was appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer in June 2021 to lead the non-educational support services and improve their efficiency and impact for the benefit of the Trust’s pupils and staff.
Charity is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Stacie started her career in 2008 where she trained at two Cambridge ... based accountancy practices to gain her AAT and ACCA qualifications. She worked her way up to become an audit manager, where she was responsible for a portfolio of clients requiring statutory audits. She worked on a wide-range of clients, from Cambridge Colleges to owner-managed technology businesses, before choosing to specialise in the charity and not-for-profit sector.
During her audit career she worked with several academy trusts and developed a keen interest in the sector. She joined Anglian Learning in December 2021 heading up the central finance team as Financial Controller and is enjoying the variety involved in working at a growing multi-academy trust.
Stacie also sits on the Global Advisory Committee for a small girls-rights organisation in Kenya and in her spare time can be found planning her future travels, enjoying good food with friends and family, or spending time with her horses.
Growing up in Cardiff, Richard went on to study a Computer ... degree at what is now Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, graduating in 2004. Prior to this, whilst studying for his A-Levels, Richard delivered holiday workshops to young people as part of the Cardiff Youth Service, teaching skills such as website design, animation and t-shirt printing. Richard has a passion for serving young people and now focuses on doing this through the provision of technology.
Richard has collaborated widely across Cambridgeshire schools on projects ranging from coordinating buying consortia to designing and supporting data systems for staff, students and parents. The most recent iteration of this is a project becoming known as 'ALIS' - the Anglian Learning Intranet System, which brings together Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour, Timetabling, Rewards, Enrichment and Cashless Catering information from multiple data sources into one interface, through a mobile-first design to enhance and simplify the digital reporting experience of students, staff and parents.
As Director of ICT, Richard is part of the Trust Leadership Team and leads the Anglian Learning Technical Services Team in running a network of over 3000 devices across 13 sites and supporting 7500 students and 1200 staff. The team aims to provide the very best affordable experience of using ICT for all members of the community.
Current projects Richard and the team are involved with include the design and build of the new Marleigh Primary School on the Newmarket Road development near the Marshall’s estate, the on-going strategic alignment of school systems to enhance the experience of using them whilst lowering the associated costs, extending the use of Microsoft 365 and Google G-Suite, the roll out of Skype for Business and developing the emerging ALIS platform. Of course, all of this is in addition to attending to the daily support needs of our students, staff, parents and governors.
Richard is member of the British Computing Society and in his spare time, enjoys choral singing (which includes being employed as a Deputy Lay Clerk at Ely Cathedral), photography, cookery and spending time with his wife, two children and wider group of family and friends.
Camilla graduated from Homerton College, Cambridge University in 1996, with a BEd (... (Hons) in History and Primary Education. Camilla’s first teaching position was at King’s School Ely, where she developed an interest in supporting students with additional needs, in particular Specific Learning difficulties.
Camilla took an extended break from teaching to raise her 5 sons and during this time she worked alongside her husband to develop their family Estate Agency and Letting business. She feels incredibly lucky to have spent this extended period of time at home with her children and during this time she was the Chair of Governors for the local pre-school and was also a parent governor for the primary school.
Camilla re-joined the world of education in 2011, when she started working at Bottisham Village College. During her time at Bottisham Village College, Camilla had many different roles, ranging from Teaching assistant, English teacher, SENCO and Assistant Principal. During this time, she was able to focus on her passion for supporting and championing disadvantaged children and those with additional needs. Additional studies led to her Specialist SPLD teaching qualifications; Level 7 Access Arrangement assessor qualifications and her NASENCO award.
Camilla has been working one day a week, for the past two years, on a secondment to the Cambridgeshire and Fenland Opportunity Area . Her role as an Outreach Support adviser for Social, Emotional and Mental Health has given her a broad understanding and insight into the challenges that schools face in meeting the needs of their most vulnerable students .
Camilla is passionate about the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing in schools, and she has been asked to represent the Education Sector on several different forums and collaboratives. Most recently she has been involved with the Department of Education, advising them on the Designated Mental Health Lead training programme and she has also worked with the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge around Mental Health in schools.
Vickey is a Chemistry graduate from York University where she also ... gained her PGCE. With 25 years experience as a Science teacher, Vickey’s first teaching position was in an all girls school in Bishop Stortford. She then moved to a Catholic school in the same town where she left as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Assessment.
Vickey has been a staff member at Bassingbourn Village College since 2006. She started as Deputy Principal and has had various responsibilities and areas of interest including personalising learning and curriculum, student support, inclusion, safeguarding and student welfare. Appointed Vice Principal in 2014, Vickey was promoted to Head of School in September 2018, becoming Principal in September 2019.
A member of the Chartered College of Teaching, Vickey believes very strongly in an inclusive education, where all children feel challenged and yet supported to achieve their very best. She says that she has always been very proud of the culture at Bassingbourn Village College where all students are valued as individuals and are given opportunities that enable them to thrive and develop skills needed for successful lives. Inspired by teachers in her life to make a difference to others, her aim is to ensure that all students at Bassingbourn have the inspiration and aspirations that she had to achieve their very best.
In her free time Vickey enjoys walking by the coast with her two dogs and renovating houses.
Duncan grew up in Buckinghamshire before moving to London to read ... English at Queen Mary, University of London. It was through the experience of teaching primary school pupils King Lear in order to complete a module in this course that inspired him to explore a career in working with young people. After graduating in 2006, Duncan spent a year working for a charity in East London who work with students that have been excluded from all forms of mainstream and alternative education. Reigniting their passion and interest in education further supported his motivation to enrol upon a PGCE English secondary course at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Once his PGCE was successfully completed, Duncan began teaching at Sir John Cass’s Red Coat and Foundation C of E school in Tower Hamlets, London. Duncan spent five years here, progressing from Newly Qualified Teacher to Advanced Skills Teacher of English, before relocating to Uttlesford, Essex with his young family. Duncan became Head of English at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport and has been at the school for six years taking on the roles of Vice Principal and then Principal.
Colleagues at Joyce Frankland Academy are extremely proud of the traditional, caring and unique atmosphere with a rich, cultural history for excellence in education, dating back to the sixteenth century.
Duncan is excited about the future of the school, helping to create an environment where students continue to explore through learning, fulfil their potential and flourish in their futures.
Born in Bury St Edmunds, Chris has taught in Cambridgeshire throughout ... his career. He studied for a Bachelor of Education degree with Natural Sciences at Cambridge before starting teaching at Soham Village College in 1990. There he qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Science and authored five texts used in primary and secondary schools.
In 1998 Chris completed his Masters degree in Education at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before becoming Assistant Principal at Soham. In 2005 Chris gained promotion to Deputy Principal at Bottisham Village College where he led the development of the school curriculum and the introduction of Information Technology across the school, in addition to working on the development and implementation of the school and parent intranet.
In 2014 Chris became Acting Principal at The Netherhall School and Sixth Form, being appointed as permanent Principal following the school’s conversion to Academy status in March 2016.
Chris’ vision for Netherhall is summed up in the words: Inspiring. Individual. Inclusive. The Netherhall family is committed to offering the broadest opportunities and standards for each member of the school - students, staff and parents.
Rachael is a local girl having grown up and attended school ... in Cambridge.
Having studied Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Rachael completed her PGCE in Primary Education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her first teaching post was at a large school in Huntingdon.
Rachel has a particular interest in Child Development and especially developmental disorders, which led to taking on the role of SENCo in her second year of teaching. She is passionate about school to school support and became a Specialist Leader in Education in 2015 and supported a number of schools in this role.
As the Deputy Headteacher of Bottisham Community Primary School, Rachael was very involved in assessment, supporting staff with professional development and pupil wellbeing as well as continuing the role of SENCO. She became Headteacher of Bottisham Community Primary School in September 2016 and is extremely proud of the happy, caring and stimulating environment that has developed in the school where children are able to achieve their fullest potential.
Alison Weir grew up in Scotland and has been in Primary ... education for 20 years. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a MA in Modern European Languages and then completed a PGCE at the University of Strathclyde. She taught in various schools in Scotland as class teacher and Principal teacher, before moving south to Cambridgeshire. She has lead on English, PHSE, RE and Health and wellbeing, with a remit for a healthy schools project in conjunction with the NHS. She was involved in national projects on Assessment for Learning.
Alison taught at the Meadow Primary for 9 years. In her time there she was SENCo and was part of the Senior Leadership team. Over the years, she has taught a variety of different stages in a number of settings, specialising in Special Educational Needs. With an MSc in Chartered Teacher studies, she is also a SLE for SEN and has led school to school support work locally. Alison took up the post of Deputy Head at Howard in 2019, moving across to Suffolk.
Alison has an interest in research and has completed a Farmington scholarship looking at the role of dialogic talk in RE in the primary classroom. From there, she has continued her research interests in the field of mental health.
She is passionate about access for all, mental health and wellbeing and English. Keen to continually develop and support staff, she understands the importance of valuing each and every member of the school community and strives to make learning irresistible for all.
I studied German at Bristol University, before progressing to a career ... in retail in a number of store and area managerial positions. Having become a teacher in 2006, I have worked in a variety of senior leadership positions in various schools across Essex, Hertfordshire and now Cambridgeshire, including an acting headship in Saffron Walden at R A Butler School. I have greatly enjoyed the last six years in which I have been in role as Headteacher of Linton Heights Junior School. With an experienced and motivated school team, we ensure that all of our pupils achieve to the very best of their ability in a caring and supportive environment.
My school joined Anglian Learning in April 2020 and has benefited enormously from the Trust's dynamic ethos and collaborative approach and we have greatly appreciated the spread of best practice between Trust schools.
Originally from the North East, Nichola’s family made the move ... south in the late 80’s and that apart from her time at University, is where she has stayed ever since.
Nichola graduated from Bishop Grosseteste in Lincoln with a BA Hons in Religious Education with QTS in 2002 and began teaching at a 2 form entry Infant school in Saffron Walden, Essex that year. Whilst there she became a senior teacher and then alongside this a Leading Teacher for ICT for Essex County Council, supporting other schools to develop their ICT provision and use online learning platforms.
She then moved to a three form entry Infant and Nursery school in Braintree, Essex. For the 5 years she was here Nichola was Head of KS1, Assessment and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Nichola then moved to the Meadow Primary School in 2011 where she took up the role as Deputy Head and then after an Ofsted inspection that saw the Meadow placed in special measures, she took up the Headteacher post in September 2013. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, which was confirmed with a Good inspection result in January 2017.
Nichola is passionate about professional development for all staff and has supported other schools and leaders through her role as a Local Leader of Education. She has also worked closely with the primary schools in her previous Trust in her role as the Primary Executive Headteacher.
Nichola feels privileged to be Headteacher at the Meadow. The staff team, children and parents make it a very special place to be.
Laura is a local girl having attended Oakington Primary School and ... then Impington Village College where she completed International Baccalaureate. She graduated from University of Cambridge with a BA in Education Studies and Biological Sciences and qualified as a Middle Years Science Teacher with a PGCE from Cambridge University in 2002, where she also completed a Masters in 2010.
Laura began her teaching career in a Middle School (Years 5 to 8) and was a member of the National Middle Schools Steering Committee for a number of years. She was seconded to The University of Cambridge as a Lecturer and Tutor on the Primary and Middle Years Teacher Training programmes for five years and, having completed her NPQH in 2011, she took on the Headship of a Hertfordshire Middle School. This led to working as an Executive Headteacher across two Middle schools and in 2017 leading the transformation of the two middle schools and the upper school to merge the three schools to create one All-Through school offering education from Years 5 to 13.
Laura’s Masters in Education focused on leading teaching and learning and she is particularly interested in the role of quality of talk and its impact on educational outcomes, including talk in the home. Passionate about the impact professional development opportunities can have, she believes the potential insight and the impetus for change are rooted in schools.
Laura feels privileged to be leading Stapleford Community Primary School which lies at the heart of its local community and feels the caring and ambitious vision for the school is palpable when you visit.
Jenny has been teaching in a variety of roles at Bottisham ... Village College for the past 22 years, enjoying the collaboration and friendship of dedicated and talented staff, wonderful students and supportive parents.
She trained as a music teacher at Aberdeen College of Education and started her married life and her first school placement in Fife, Scotland. Moving to Cambridge two years later she enjoyed the role of Head of Music in a middle school in Suffolk but missed teaching and working with older students and applied for a job at Bottisham. Starting as Head of Music in the old sewing rooms at the back of the school site, Jenny has fond memories of annual musicals such as West Side Story, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors.
Jenny’s interest in using research led to studying for a Master’s in Education with Cambridge University Faculty of Education. This evolved into further work with the faculty working internationally with teachers in Kazakhstan over a period of 4 years on a school improvement action-research project.
As Deputy Principal Jenny was involved with student wellbeing, inclusion and students with special needs as well as being Head of Lower school. In 2016, she was appointed as Principal, a role which Jenny feels privileged to hold for such a wonderful school, and she is excited to be entering a new and unique phase within Anglian Learning.
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Helena grew up in Northampton. She ... She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in English Literature and qualified as an English teacher from Cambridge University in 2003, where she also completed a Masters in educational research in 2009.
Starting her teaching career at Soham Village College, Helena then worked as Second in Faculty at the Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form in Essex before taking up the role of Head of English at Bottisham Village College. Helena progressed to Assistant Principal at Bottisham and then Sawston Village College before joining Linton Village College as Deputy Principal in 2014.
Having led Linton Village College as Executive Principal since January 2016, Helena was also responsible for overseeing the growing family of schools within the Chilford Hundred Education Trust before joining Anglian Learning in April 2020.
Her areas of educational expertise and interest include professional learning, leadership development, relational schools and teacher recruitment and wellbeing. Helena has published books, journal contributions and articles on these subjects. She is also an SLE and has achieved NPQH.
Helena is a co-founder of WomenEd, a grassroots network for existing and aspiring female leaders in education and a core member of the Headteacher’s Roundtable, a national non-political educational think tank. She is also on the steering group for the Cambridgeshire Festival of Education and a member of the advisory panel for the Department for Education’s Workload Challenge.
Helena is proud of Linton Village College’s ambitious and inclusive ethos and its vibrant learning culture. She is privileged to work with a team of talented and committed staff and to lead a school that is at the heart of its local community.
Originally from Kent, Jonathan studied at the University of Stirling including ... a scholarship year at the University of Kansas, USA. After extensive worldwide travel including trekking in the Himalayas, he completed a Masters degree at the Institute of Education, University of London, and a PGCE at the University of Nottingham.
His professional career in education began in Suffolk in 1996. Jonathan has worked in local schools ever since. He has led departments at Sharnbrook Upper School in Bedfordshire and, as Head of English, at Impington Village College and International Sixth Form Centre. In 2005, Jonathan joined as Assistant Principal at Sawston Village College and gained promotion to Deputy Principal five years later. He was appointed as Principal in September 2018.
Jonathan is proud of the strong, caring, protective ethos of Sawston Village College, where Henry Morris’ inspired vision for comprehensive, inclusive education at the heart of its community is richly realised. He admires the professionalism of his colleagues and shares in their highest expectations for and of all pupils.
Mark began his teaching career in Newham, East London in 1998 after ... after he successfully graduated from St. Martin’s University, Lancaster, where he studied for a Bachelor of Arts, with Hons, in Primary Teaching.
Mark taught in both mainstream and special schools in London where he gained valuable experience as a subject leader for Maths, ICT, PE, Design & Technology, as well as leading on Teaching and Learning. Mark then became a Deputy Head of another mainstream school in Waltham Forest, before relocating with his young family to sunny St Ives, Cambridgeshire in 2013.
This new chapter in his career has enabled him to gain further leadership experiences by working in a large primary school in Cambridge and having responsibilities for KS2, Pupil Premium and EAL. Mark was briefly acting Headteacher at this school before securing his first headship at Fen Ditton Community Primary School in April 2016.
Before Mark went into teaching he qualified as an electrician and worked for 7 years in the shipyard in Barrow-In-Furness, working on nuclear submarines. He often looks back at fondness of his time in the yard and the journey he has been on to get to where he now finds himself. Mark is a sports enthusiast and this has been a big part in his life, with cricket being his main love.
Mark feels privileged to be part of Fen Ditton school’s community and is determined to help the school to become the best it can be. It has a wonderful family, caring ethos with four main school values of Respect, Kindness, Courage and Resilience.
After qualifying as a teacher with a BA(ed) honours degree ... Education and Mathematics at Christchurch College, Canterbury, I started my teaching career in East London. Working in the London Borough of Newham I taught across Key Stage 2 for five years across two primary schools.
With a keen interest in how children learn maths, I became a Numeracy Consultant supporting a number of schools in Newham and Waltham Forest implementing the National Numeracy Strategy. This work involved running training programmes on specific areas of maths, working with subject leaders to develop maths across the primary phase and modelling lessons to teachers and planning lessons.
With the development of the Numeracy and Literacy Strategies, my role evolved to supporting underperforming schools. My focus changed to working closely with Leadership Teams to ensure teaching and learning improved and attainment accelerated.
Following a family relocation to Cambridgeshire I was keen to change my focus from multi-school support to working in one school as a senior leader. In 2009, I joined a Trust in a leadership role and gained experience of being a Head of School and Head of the Teaching School. My more recent school leadership roles have focused on the development of the curriculum and working with subject leaders to implement knowledge-based skills.
A lot of my experience has focused on school improvement as I am passionate about children receiving an exciting education and gaining the necessary skills to help them on their journey through the education system and beyond. I also enjoy helping to develop teachers and non-teaching staff, encouraging career growth and broadening horizons.
Having always dreamt of building a school community from scratch, being ... appointed as the first Headteacher of Marleigh Primary Academy is a real privilege. Mike Fish was previously a Headteacher for nine years and taught in several other Cambridgeshire primaries before that. Having spent his childhood in Yorkshire, he studied at Homerton College, University of Cambridge; fell in love with the city (and a local girl!) and has lived in the area ever since. Mike has just completed a Master’s degree in school leadership.
Mike has always seen the value in implementing the innovative and creative use of technology to engage and motivate children, combining this with making the most of outdoor and real-life learning opportunities. He is passionate about ensuring all children, regardless of background, ability or educational needs, have the best possible learning experiences; preparing them with the character, knowledge and skills they will need to thrive both now and as adults within Cambridge’s STEM-based economy.
He is very much enjoying helping to build the new Marleigh community as school numbers grow steady each week.
Kerry Darby is originally from Leicestershire and has worked in Primary ... Education for over 22 years and has been a senior leader for over 21 years.
Kerry graduated from the University of Cambridge with B.Ed in English Literature and has also completed an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Language and Literature. She has worked in a variety of schools, from a small village primary to two large culturally diverse inner city schools and has held various leaderships positions including; KS1 Coordinator, KS2 Coordinator, Inclusion Coordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Kerry completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2003.
Kerry is passionate about developing high quality continuous professional development for all staff. Originally she was appointed as a Leading Teacher for Cambridgeshire LA before becoming a Senior Leader for Education (SLE) in 2015.
When The Pines Primary School opened in September 2018, Kerry was privileged to become the school’s first Headteacher and is extremely proud of the inspirational learning ethos which aims to prepare children well for their futures.