Profiles

Tom Abbs

Head of School, Earith Primary School

Thomas started his primary career in Norfolk where he led multiple subjects and became part of the Senior Leadership Team within a Junior School. Thomas then completed his SENCO qualification and set up a Specialist Resource Base for children with Learning Difficulties in Norfolk before applying for his first Deputy Headship post in West Norfolk. Thomas joined the ALT in 2017 at Kingsfield as Deputy Head. Thomas was seconded to Earith Primary School in 2018 as Head of School where he remains, now Head Teacher, passionate about improving life chances for young people.

head@earith.cambs.sch.uk www.earith.cambs.sch.uk

Rae Aldous

Executive Head, Westwood & Grove sPrimary School

Rae Aldous is Executive Headteacher of Westwood Primary School and Grove Primary School. Previously, Rae was Headteacher of Westwood Primary School from September 2012. In February 2018, Rae became Executive Headteacher, and began leading leaders at both Westwood Primary and Grove Primary. Working in partnership with The Active Learning Trust, through careful recruitment of outstanding staff and targeted school improvement she has successfully lead both the schools out of Ofsted category 4 ratings. Both schools have been transformed resulting in learning communities which are both happy and harmonious and where strong leadership and a shared ethos, from all stakeholders, ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families.

head@westwoodprimary.org @WestwoodPSchool westwoodprimary.org

Simon Bainbridge

Executive Headteacher, Highfield Ely & Littleport Schools

Simon’s first role in working with young people with additional needs was as a support worker at a scope school In Hertfordshire. From this role, Simon knew that his career lay in working with young people with SEND, giving them the best possible outcomes. Simon began his teaching career in 1997 in a National Autistic Society School. In 2006 he gained a deputy headship at a new build area special school in Cambs. In 2011 he moved as Headteacher to Highfield Ely before it joined the Active Learning Trust in 2016, and was given the opportunity to play a lead part in the development of another new build area special school, Highfield Littleport. In 2018 we opened LINC 19-25, the first provision of its type in the Eastern region. Simon now enjoys providing support for schools in developing their provision for learners with SEND, and remains committed to providing the learners in the Trust with SEND with the best possible outcomes.

Head@highfield.cambs.sch.uk www.highfieldschoolely.co.uk

Claire Claydon

Headteacher, Gusford Primary School

Claire joined Gusford Primary school as Headteacher in September 2017. This is Claire’s second headship, following 14 years as a Head in North Essex. Claire started her teaching career in the West Midlands and moved to Essex in 2000, working in infant, junior and primary schools. Prior to Headship Claire worked as a SENDCo in 3 very different schools, in 3 very different areas of the country. She has always been keen to increase her understanding of the barriers to learning that some children face and is currently training to become a licenced Thrive Practitioner.

mrs.claydon@gusfordprimary.net GusfordPrimary & PebblesGusford www.gusfordprimary.net

Kate Coates

Headteacher, Kingsfield Primary School

Kate joined the Active Learning Trust in 2020 and was thrilled when she became the substantive Headteacher of Kingsfield Primary School. Over the past two decades, Kate has worked in a range of schools and has experience of teaching children aged between 3 and 13. Her specialist areas are school improvement, inclusion and the teaching of English literature. As an experienced Headteacher of an outstanding school, Kate hopes to bring the same high expectations and outcomes to Kingsfield, which is on a rapid journey of improvement.

Head@kingsfield.cambs.sch.uk @KingsfieldP www.kingsfieldprimary.org

Adam Daw

Head of School, Highfield Ely Academy

Adam Daw has been Head of School at Highfield Ely Academy since September 2017. Prior to this Adam was Head of a Sixth Form for young people with Special Needs which he led to its first “Outstanding” grade. Adam came into teaching after a ten year career in Hospitality Management and several years as a Company Director. Adam is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for all young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

head@highfield.cambs.sch.uk www.highfieldlittleport.org

Craig D'Cunha

Principal at Chantry Academy

Craig has been Principal at Chantry since February 2015. Previously he was Vice Principal at Neale-Wade, an Active Learning Trust academy. He started his teaching career in Kent before moving to London and Cambridgeshire. His roles have ranged from AST, data manager and director of specialism before taking the lead on Teaching and Learning. Craig was able to combine his first headship with support from the Government's Talented Leaders programme.

cdcunha@chantryacademy.org @chantryacad www.chantryacademy.org

Scott Gaskins

Principal, Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy

Scott began his teaching career as an English Teacher in a large, comprehensive school in Barking. From there he moved back to his native East Anglia where he was appointed Progress Leader for Year 9 at Witchford Village College and then Assistant Principal at Neale-Wade Academy where he was part of the first leadership team to work for the Active Learning Trust. At Neale-Wade he was promoted to Vice Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning and in 2017 he was appointed Head of School at LECA in 2017. After 3 years as Head of School, Scott was appointed Principal of LECA in September 2020.

scott.gaskins@lecacademy.org www.lecacademy.org

Diane Hawkes

Headteacher of Burrowmoor Primary School

Diane has been a Headteacher now for nine years; Burrowmoor Primary School is her third headship. Prior to these she was a Deputy Head in a large Primary School in West Sussex before she relocated with her family to Cambridgeshire in 2009. Diane is also a trained Ofsted Inspector; a role which enables her to experience working in a wide variety of schools in many other local authorities.

head@burrowmoorrprimary.org www.burrowmoor.net

Graham Horn

Principal of Neale-Wade Academy

Graham Horn was appointed as Principal at Neale-Wade Academy in September 2020. Has started his career as a teacher in Cambridgeshire and has been a senior leader for 18 years, with experience across a breadth of school leadership roles. Graham is committed to an inclusive and comprehensive education; providing opportunities for all.

GHorn@neale-wade.org @NealeWade www.neale-wade.org

Jane Horn

Principal Cromwell Community College

Jane Horn has been Principal of Cromwell Community College since 2014 having previously been Vice Principal. Jane started her teaching career at a secondary school in Huntingdon where she became Assistant Head with responsibility for Key Stage 3. Jane is thoroughly committed to school improvement; in 2016, Cromwell was rated Good by OfSTED. The College is now focused on ensuring that outcomes for all pupils are outstanding.

jhorn@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk @cromwell_cc www.cromwellcc.org.uk

Wendy James

Head of Sidegate Primary School

Wendy joined Sidegate as the headteacher in April 2011. Before this she was the head of a two-form entry primary school in the east of Ipswich for nearly 5 years. Wendy started her teaching career in Surrey after working for British Petroleum for eight years; she moved to Suffolk in 2000. Wendy believes that the primary school years should give children a broad range of experiences that enable them to discover their talents and develop a love of learning.

wendy.james@sidegate.net @SidegatePrimary www.sidegate.co.uk.

Heather Madsen

Headteacher, Red Oak Primary, Lowestoft

Heather Madsen is the Head teacher at Red Oak Primary School in Lowestoft. Prior to this head ship Heather was Head teacher for First Base Pupil Referral Unit and Behaviour Support Service supporting over 40 Primary Schools in Suffolk. Heather has also been a Deputy Head Teacher, a SENCO, Literacy Coordinator and PE Coordinator in large Primary Schools as well as a small school. Heather also provided the National Strategies NPSLBA for Suffolk as a Key Practitioner. Heather is dedicated to ensuring all children receive the best opportunities regardless of their background.

headteacher@redoakprimary.org @OakRed230 www.redoakprimaryschool.co.uk

Tracy McKenzie

Hillside Primary School

Tracy started her teaching career in South East London, 26 years ago, the last 17 years as a headteacher. She has been the headteacher of 4 primary schools from a small church school of just 72 pupils in Essex up to a large successful primary school in Ipswich of 650 pupils. Tracy is new to ALT in September 2020 and looks forward to the challenge of leading Hillside, a large diverse primary school in Ipswich. Tracy is passionate about improving the life chances of all children through education and the key to this is a broad and rich curriculum.

t.mckenzie@hillsideprimary.co.uk www.hillsideprimary.co.uk

Melanie Mills

Headteacher, Albert Pye and Ravensmere

Melanie became headteacher of the federation in 2006 having previously been headteacher at Ravensmere Infant School, which she has led to outstanding in successive Inspections. Strong teamwork across the federation has driven improvement in outcomes for children at all phases. Melanie is passionate about a rich, engaging curriculum, championing achievement in all curriculum areas as well as English and maths. The staff team are excited to be joining Active Learning Trust as we continue our learning improvement journey.

ht@albertpye.org.uk @AlbertPyeRavens www.albertpye.suffolk.sch.uk

Martyn Payne

Headteacher, Pakefield Primary School

Martyn Payne joined Pakefield Primary School in January 2014, this is his first Headship. He started his career in Richmond upon Thames, London in 2003; he then moved to Lowestoft in 2005. Martyn joined a Middle School which was in Special Measures as an Assistant Headteacher for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. He was part of the team that enabled the school to quickly move to 'Good' in 18 months. Martyn then became Deputy Headteacher in north Lowestoft. Martyn is committed to ensuring that all children have the best possible start to their educational career and believes that all children regardless of their background can achieve great and wonderful things.

m.payne@pakefieldprimaryschool.org.uk @PfieldPrimary www.pakefieldprimaryschool.org.uk

Yvonne Skillern

Head of School, Highfield Littleport Academy

Yvonne has been Head of School of Highfield Littleport since it opened in September 2017. She was involved in the very early planning stages of the build to form a bespoke provision to meet the needs of learners with special educational needs. Prior to this she was an Early Years and Key Stage 1 Leader with a range of responsibilities at the trust’s other SEN school, Highfield Ely. In her early years of teaching she taught in a variety of mainstream schools, setting up a Nurture Group and working as a SENCo. She over 16 years of experience in dealing with learners with additional needs in both mainstream and specialist environments. Yvonne is a trained SLE specialising in Early Years Education and she has also completed the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. She is passionate about providing education that is individualised and appropriate to meet the needs of each learner in her care.

Yvonne.Skillern@highfieldlittleport.org www.highfieldlittleport.org

Bryony Surtees

Headteacher, Isle of Ely Primary School

Bryony started her career in Essex, then moved to Suffolk and worked in a variety of different schools before she became Head teacher of a small rural primary school. Following a move to Cambridgeshire, Bryony was given the unique and exciting opportunity of working with the ALT and the local community to set up Chesterton Primary School in Cambridge. A year later, she set up the Isle of Ely Primary School, and has been fortunate to support the growth and development of both schools. Following a year working for a Norfolk Education Trust advising schools on their development journeys, Bryony was delighted to return to the Headship of the Isle of Ely Primary School. Bryony is determined that every child will develop a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.

head@isleofelyprimary.org www.isleofelyprimary.org

Jo Viner

Headteacher, Reydon Primary School

Jo has been the Headteacher at Reydon Primary since April 2016, having previously been the Head of School. Jo started her career in Beccles in 2002 and has worked in a variety of teaching and leadership roles, including Deputy Head at another ALT school. She is committed to ensuring all children have access to a high quality education at the heart of the community.

j.viner@reydonprimary.org @ReydonPrimary www.reydonprimary.org

Kate Yeoman

Headteacher, Chesterton Primary School, Cambridge

Kate Yeoman has been Headteacher of Chesterton Primary School since April 2020, having previously been Head of School from 2015. When Kate joined Chesterton it had only been open two years. Kate has enjoyed being part of Chesterton’s journey to a full school. The school has changed a lot over the last few years and Kate is excited to lead the next chapter of the school’s development.

KYeoman@chestertonprimary.org www.chestertonprimary.org