Twitter

01/04/23

We’ve braved the sea for some games and clambered up 200 steps to the top of the cathedral today. It’s been great fun in the ☀️ in Malaga! https://t.co/p1QF1J55Vz

01/04/23

Retweeted From SFET Teaching School Hub

Do you value all your staff equally? Are you a school that really wants to invest in TA professional development? Empower your TAs to support effective teaching and learning and see the impact on the children they support. Next cohort starts April 20th. https://t.co/dMu12PMY90 https://t.co/B2jeU4wU7q

01/04/23

Retweeted From George Abbot Music

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in The Spring Concert - it is an absolute honour to work with you as always and the talent is out of this world! Particular well done to this incredible tech crew who ran the concert entirely on their own. What professionalism and skill! https://t.co/Fe7G8GJoMe

31/03/23

Well done girls!!! https://t.co/tvctPZouq5

31/03/23

All going well for the students in Malaga. A wide range of visits and experiences…and a whole lot of fun! https://t.co/lNkHRZ4iFr

31/03/23

A very happy Easter break to all in our community. We are looking forward to an exciting summer term ahead! https://t.co/hIX1Z2ot6K

31/03/23

😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃 https://t.co/W8IScTXXFK

31/03/23

👏🏻 Well done to these four, and all involved! 👏🏻 https://t.co/6yOpIpa9fR

31/03/23

Retweeted From George Abbot Music

Hoping our fabulous students, team, parents and friends of the department have a wonderful Easter break! Looking forward to seeing you all in the Summer Term! ☀️

31/03/23

And that's a wrap on the Spring Term! We hope everyone in the Fullbrook family has a restful break. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 17th April. https://t.co/hF1JtigHbo

31/03/23

1GE have been busy making super Easter baskets using a net. Well done everyone! Happy Easter :) https://t.co/fBoBYGQphq

30/03/23

Putting our new sewing skills to the test, look at some of ’s wonderful mini beast hand puppets! https://t.co/oNBl6Vr1n0

30/03/23

In , we planned, made and evaluated moving pictures with the theme of Space. We definitely showed our Super 6 skill of Perseverance as it was very tricky but we think they look great! https://t.co/mW78CLL24W

30/03/23

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Yr 11 GCSE PE students are ready to climb the wall https://t.co/lWFWwBe9WI

30/03/23

We've also heard from the Hebrews team at St Paul's Addlestone who are running their Easter Lunch Project during the break for families who need additional support. https://t.co/oxZFYOqLWt

Twitter

Our People

We see success being founded upon nurturing relationships, challenge, support and high expectations; and encourage an ethos of creativity, expression, dedication and achievement in each and every school, securing the best outcomes for all those in our care.

Schools are led locally by those who know their students, staff and communities best; their headteachers and local governing bodies.  Staff are motivated, well-managed and well-led; with clear opportunities for career progression and development within the MAT.  We all want to imbue our children and young people with a lifelong love of learning and strive to provide quality education in a caring environment at the heart of the local community.

At the trust, we are 'better together'.

High level MAT organisation structure

Members

Members

Our members are the conscience of our trust, ensuring that we all remain true to our aims and objectives. They are able to hear viewpoints from any individual within Learning Partners and they hold the trustees to account for the strategic operation of the trust. They appoint the trustees and have the power to remove the trustees if necessary. They also appoint our auditors and meet twice a year. Members do not sit on any other committees.

 

Fiona Boulton

Fiona has been Headmistress at Guildford High since September 2002.  Prior to that she was Deputy Head at Guildford High for 5 years.

Fiona grew up in Guildford where she was a pupil at Boxgrove Primary School.  At age 11 she was offered a place at Guildford County School, which was then a Grammar School.  Before she could take up the place her family moved to Kent, where she attended the local Comprehensive school.   She is keen to finally be involved with Guildford County School.

Guildford High is a member of United Learning, it is a Teaching School and Fiona is a National Leader of Education.  She firmly believes that schools working in collaboration are stronger than schools working in isolation and is very supportive of the idea of the trust.  She hopes to bring some of her experience of cross-school work to the table. 

Gareth Hicks

Gareth was a parent governor at Boxgrove Primary School from 2009 until 2017. He has two children, currently in education. Gareth feels privileged to be able to take an active part in the continued success of the trust.

Donald Hirsch

Donald became a member of the trust having served as Vice Chair at Guildford County School.  He is a former journalist and international policy consultant, who was Poverty Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the ten years prior to joining CRSP in 2008, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy. 

He played a central role in establishing A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom, using CRSP's ongoing research methodology showing what incomes households need for an acceptable standard of living as agreed by members of the public.  He now leads that programme and associated projects studying income.  He also plays a prominent national role in commenting on the adequacy of the public welfare system, and on poverty trends.

Stephen Ravenscroft

Stephen is a Partner at law firm Stone King, who have offices around the UK.  He leads the Education Team and has specialised in charity and not-for-profit law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.

Stephen has been involved in the academies programme since its inception back in the early 2000s, initially advising on the “type 1” failing school projects. He has acted on the conversion to academy status of over 170 maintained schools of all types, including community, faith and alternative provision schools.

Stephen has been instrumental in developing some of the larger multi academy trusts. This experience of building trusts from small entities to quite complex and sizeable organisations has given him insight into the legal issues and the organisational and strategic challenges which may lie ahead.

Stephen’s particular expertise surrounds governance structures of multi academy trusts, drawing on his charity law background. This experience includes a detailed understanding of the relationships between academy trusts and their trading subsidiaries. He has particular experience in dealing with the establishment of academies within the faith sector and has acted on a significant number of academy conversions within Surrey.

Stephen is recognised as a leader in both education and charity law by Chambers and Legal 500. He has recently stepped down as a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association having served on the committee for 9 years. He is a governor of two schools and sits on an Academy Strategic Board for a Catholic Diocese.

 

Linda Wilding

Linda Wilding (ACA PhD, with a background in private equity), is one of the most experienced non-executive directors on the London market.  She has held board roles in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors.  Linda is Chairperson of Governors for Schools, a charity to recruit, train and promote excellence in school governorship in the UK.  Educated at an inner city school in Liverpool, Linda is passionate in her belief that great education offers essential  opportunities to all students.  Previously a trustee of Guildford Education Partnership, Linda now joins as a member of Learning Partners.

 

 

 

Trustees

Current Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Andrew Isherwood, Chair of Trust Board

Andrew was an officer in the Royal Navy and then re-trained as an accountant with a global Pharma company. He subsequently worked as a Director of an international consultancy firm advising banks, investment banks and other financial services companies on transforming their operational performance.AIsherwood

With two children attending local schools, Andrew is passionate about enabling young people from across the area to achieve their potential. Most recently, he was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Guildford College Group where standards improvement was critical and achieved.

In his spare time, Andrew coaches juniors at Guildford Rowing Club.

Kathy Ashford, Trustee

Kathy Ashford served on the Governing Body of Guildford County School for many years, latterly as Vice Chair of Governors.  This was a period of significant change, covering the initial bid for Specialist Status in Music, the conversion to academy status, several Ofsted inspections and the recruitment of a Headteacher.  Throughout her time as a Governor, Kathy was employed as manager of a local confederation of schools, and she remains in this role to this day.KAshford

Earlier in her career, Kathy worked in the communications sector, notably as Director of Communications at the University of Surrey.  She also has experience in change management and is a published children’s author.  Kathy is a registered psychotherapist, currently working both in private practice and within a university setting.

Jon Cox, Trustee

Dr Jon Cox has been Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School (RGS) since 2007.  Prior to his appointment he held various leadership roles including Second Master, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Housemaster at Whitgift School.  He was educated at the University of Southampton (PhD Biochemistry, BSc Physiology & Pharmacology) and the Royal College of Music (Certificate of Advanced Performance). Headshot Jon Cox

During Dr Cox’s leadership of the RGS, he has developed and strengthened partnerships with Learning Partners, working closely with George Abbot School and Kings College, Guildford.

Sarah Fothergill, Trustee

Sarah is a qualified accountant with 14 years' experience in Finance working across the UK and internationally, and is currently a Financial Controller for a large defence company.Sarah Fothergill

Sarah has been on the governing body at a Learning Partners Junior School, Northmead, for three years with a focus on Health & Safety and Maths, and is also a Team Leader at the North Guildford Foodbank. Sarah is married with one son and enjoys keeping active.

Joanne Harper, Trustee

Joanne Harper is CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET)

In this role Joanne has worked closely with the Chair of ALET to build a strong and dynamic multi academy trust.  Joanne has also been recognised by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Education.Jo harper picture

Prior to this Joanne was the Principal at UTC Reading Ofsted rated Outstanding. In this role she has worked closeley with lead sponsors Acitvate Learning and lead partners Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates to ensure that UTC Reading offers 14 - 19 year olds in the region an opportunity to study in a "state of the art" environment where academic, technical and professional qualifications are delivered at a high standard to aspiring Computer Scienctists and Engineers.  Previously Joanne was Principal of a school in West London, where under her guidance the comporehensive shcool for 11 - 19 year olds was graded Outstanding by Ofsted.  With a teaching career spanning twenty years, Joanne has a particular interest in education for 14-19 year olds and working closeley with industry to ensure students have the skills for the workplace.

Joanne qualified from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Mathematics and Education, specialising in mechanics and decision mathematics, and began her professional life as a Mathematics teacher in London. Alongside this, Joanne has also taken the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and has successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Education, Leadership and Management at Roehampton University.

Jennifer Osler, Trustee

Jennifer’s professional background is in teaching, education management and school leadership. A qualified teacher, she worked in schools and colleges for 15 years, before joining the examination board AQA, where she is a Head of Curriculum and manages a portfolio of qualifications. Jennifer Osler Learning Partners Trustee

Jennifer was Chair of the Governing Body at Guildford County School prior to joining Learning Partners Trust.

Andrew Scanlan, Vice-Chair of Trust Board

Andi has lived in the Stoughton area of Guildford for over 20 years. He is married with three boys of secondary-school age.

Andi has worked for British Airways for over 20 years. He currently works in the airline’s Business Transformation team as a Process Effectiveness Manager, managing a team which helps all areas of the airline improve the way they do things whilst being sensitive to the impact these changes have on both colleagues and customers.AScanlon

Andi previously served as a governor at Stoughton Infant and Nursery School and was Chair of Governors from 2010 to 2018. He was a member of the Children and Learning Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Strategy Committee and the Headteacher's Performance Management Committee.

Paul Smith, Trustee

Paul Smith is Professor of Composite Materials and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey.  He is an engineer by background and has been working on the mechanical properties of materials for over 30 years.Paul Smith

Paul also has a strong interest in education.  He holds a PGCE, with mathematics as his primary subject.  He also served on the governing bodies of two schools in Guildford (Merrow Infants and Bushy Hill Junior) including a term as chair.

Anne Turner, Trustee

Anne has worked in education as a headteacher, an ofsted inspector and an Education Director. AET Cropped

Having served as a governor at Kings College Guildford and a trustee, Anne leads our Education Committee. 

Geoff Wyss, Trustee

Dr Geoff Wyss has been a school governor for 20 years, starting when his children were at Holy Trinity Junior school and then for 14 years with George Abbot School. He has been heavily involved with taking George Abbot through the process of becoming an academy and subsequently with the formation of GEP Academies.Geoff Wyss

He has recently completed the National College of Teaching and Learning Leadership Development programme for Chairs of Governor’s and is a Surrey Additional Skills Governor. In this role he provides support for other schools in the Guildford area. By training and profession Geoff is an engineer in high technology systems and was for many years a Director of a local systems engineering company before becoming an independent consultant. He has recently retired.

Historical (within last 12 months)
  • Suzanna Woodhouse, former Trustee
  • Fergal Roche, former Chair of Trustees
  • Jonathan Coles, former Trustee
Minutes

Copies of minutes from board and committee meetings can be viewed upon request.  Please contact our clerk Julia Mason for further information on jmason@learningpartners.org

 

 

 

Trustee Committee Membership

Trust Board Committees 2022 - 23

Audit & Risk Committe

  • Geoff Wyss, Chair
  • Kathy Ashford
  • Sarah Fothergill
  • Andi Scanlan

Education Committee 

  • Anne Turner, Chair
  • Kathy Ashford
  • Jon Cox
  • Joanne Harper
  • Jennifer Osler

Finance & Resources Committee 

  • Andrew Isherwood, Chair
  • Sarah Fothergill
  • Richard Hubbard (Co-opted Committee Member)
  • Andi Scanlan
  • Paul Smith
  • Mike Uzielli (Co-opted Committee Member)

Governance Leaders' Group 

  • Drew Shovelton, Chair 

Remuneration Committee

  • Andrew Isherwood, Chair
  • Andi Scanlan
  • Geoff Wyss
  • Jennifer Osler
  • Historical - Jon Coles

Strategy Committee 

  • Andrew Isherwood, Chair
  • Jon Cox
  • Paul Smith
  • Anne Turner
  • Historical - Jon Coles

Local Governing Bodies

Academy Local Governing Bodies

School

Chair of Governors

Further details

Boxgrove Primary School

Adam Askew

Click Here

Fullbrook School

Paul Ballard

Click Here

George Abbot

Nicola Mead

Click Here

Guildford County School

Simon Bettles

Click Here

Guildford Grove Primary School

Heather Archer

Click Here

Kings College Guildford

Mick Michel

Click Here

Loseley Fields Primary School

Andrew Shovelton

Click Here

Northmead School

Konstanze Hild

Click Here

Pirbright Village School

Julia May Douetil

Click Here

Sandfield Primary School

Melanie Liv Hancox

Click Here

Shalford Infant & Nursery School

Sarah Hardcastle

Click Here

Stoughton Infant School

Rob Edwards Click Here

 

Note - All Chairs appointed to serve for the current academic year.

For expanded details of the Trust's academies' Local Governing Bodies, their full details, their Registers of Interests and their attendance records, please follow these links to each individual school site

Headteachers

Learning Partners puts the education of young people first, driven by the headteachers’ group, which comprises the head teachers, or head of school, from member schools. The group drives the school improvement and academic strategies of our trust, monitoring standards and ensuring optimum collaboration between schools to enhance education and best practice in school management. 

Alison Fitch and Rebecca Stacey

Boxgrove Primary School
Alison Fitch

Since qualifying in 1996, Alison has held a number of positions in Infant, Primary and all-though schools, joining the Senior Leadership Team, at Boxgrove Primary School in 2002 as a Phase Leader and English Lead.  Alison became the Deputy and Safeguarding Lead at Boxgrove in 2005 and completed the NPQH in 2008.   Alison worked closely with Initial Teacher Training institutions as a tutor, interviewing and supporting trainees and contributing to the development of teacher training programmes.  She is passionate about the power of coaching in bringing about school improvement and in improving well-being for the whole community and coaches teachers and leaders in other Surrey schools.  

Alison and Rebecca began their acting co-headship in 2013 before becoming substantive in Spring 2015 and continue to enjoy opportunities to work on DFE and Trust programmes supporting women in leadership.  

Rebecca has worked in education for over twenty years and has beenRebecca Stacey headteacher at Boxgrove Primary School for seven years.  Rebecca is passionate about inclusion, having worked as an Inclusion Officer in a previous role.  She is also an advocate for flexible working and the huge benefits that this model can bring to an organisation, having worked with the DfE to produce materials to promote leaders and teachers working in this way. 

Rebecca says that being a headteacher is a massive privilege and she absolutely loves her role and the community she serves.  

Kate Carriett

George Abbot

Kate CarriettKate trained as a secondary music teacher in Birmingham and led two music departments in Warwickshire and Staffordshire before moving on to become a Head of Year in Croydon.

From there Kate moved into senior leadership in Surrey before becoming a headteacher in 2011.  Kate has now been headteacher at two secondary schools within the trust.  

George Abbot is one of the largest schools in the country, so Kate's expertise has developed in all matters personnel, legal, leading change on a large scale and continually improving teaching and learning. 

George Abbot is a longstanding SCITT provider (school-centred initial teacher training), and partners with South Farnham Educational Trust (SFET) in the delivery of the early career framework, specialising in the delivery of the early career teachers secondary framework.

Steve Smith

Guildford County School Steve smith

Qualifying as a Geography teacher in 2001, Steve spent eight years honing his craft in the classroom.  During this time and as an academic at heart, Steve gained a masters degree in Educational Leadership. 

Away from schools, Steve has held fellowships of the Royal Geographical Society and the College of Teachers and whilst working has led on teacher induction, careers education and served as a governor of three secondary schools. 

Qualifying as a Mountain Leader in 2007, Steve has also led and delivered all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and he has a passion for learning outside the classroom, contributing in any way that he can to the wider life of the school. 

In 2009, Steve began a new role as Head of Geography, before moving into the first of two assistant headships in 2011.  In 2014 Steve successfully completed his national professional qualification in headship (NPQH).  Four highly successful years at County followed, with Music, Sports and an ever-growing co-curricular programme, growing hand in hand with its increasingly strong reputation for academic excellence.  Steve was appointed interim Head of School at County, in May of 2018, a role which was then made permanent in 2019. 

Steve is now the ninth headteacher since County’s inception in 1905, and has a strong desire to dedicate himself to its onward success effectively serving with enthusiasm, pride and professionalism.

Lucy Ryder and Rona Mackie

Guildford Grove School

Lucy Ryder DeputyLucy has worked in three mainstream schools in Surrey since qualifying in 1993.  Her first class had children with additional learning needs and partial hearing loss.  It was this experience with statemented pupils (as they were termed in 1993), that piqued her interest in special educational needs and disabilities. Very early into her career, Lucy welcomed the opportunity to take on the role as SENDCo in addition to her class teacher role.

Lucy carried on her role as SENDCo into her next post where she was also the KS1 leader. Her interest in leadership grew over this time and in 2001 she successfully answered a Deputy Headship advert at a newly opening school in the Park Barn community.  This was Guildford Grove Primary School where Lucy has worked ever since.

Lucy spent 18 years as deputy headteacher and SENDCo and also gained SLE status (specialist leader of education), and was lucky enough to able to work closely with SENDCos in other schools locally that needed support.

In 2019, Lucy stepped into the acting headteacher role to cover Rona Mackie’s maternity leave.  Little did she know that she would end up taking the Guildford Grove community through a pandemic!  Lucy is now co-headteacher at Guildford Grove alongside Rona and finds every day varied, exciting and rewarding.  The pupils keep her very grounded and one was even at pains to tell her that she was “just half a headteacher!"

Alastair McKenzie

Kings College Guildford
Fullbrook School

Alastair McKenzie   Principal

 

 

Amanda Pedder

Loseley Fields

Amanda PedderAmanda has been working in the primary sector in Surrey for over 25 years.  Throughout her career, Amanda has had a keen interest in personal development and in particular championing those children disadvantaged and vulnerable.

In her early career she developed an expertise in personal and social education, working with the local authority to write high quality sex and relationship education schemes of work for schools to use across Surrey. She is also an experienced coach and mentor supporting teachers and leaders in developing areas of their practice including leadership development and managing pupil behaviour.  She has been a designated safeguarding lead for two decades and has a wealth of knowledge about safeguarding.

Amanda successfully achieved her national professional qualification for headship (NPQH), in 2003 whilst working as a deputy in another school within the trust.  She has worked as headteacher of Loseley Fields since October 2018 where she has helped stabilise staffing and drive improvement across the school through rigorous curriculum development.

Debbie Brown
Northmead Junior School

Debbie brownDebbie has many years experience working in mainstream Surrey schools as a class teacher, Deputy Head and now as Head Teacher at Northmead Junior School.

Throughout her career she has developed a genuine desire to promote inclusion and support for all children to achieve their potential, no matter what their starting point.

She believes a school should offer a broad and challenging curriculum which engages all children and fosters a love of learning for all for now and in future life.

Gavin Dutton

Pirbright School

Screenshot 2021 11 09 at 08.31.06Gavin grew up in Surrey and spent his entire teaching career in the local area.  He has a passion for creative learning and ensuring that primary aged children receive experience led learning which is purposeful and physically active.

When not in school he can be found either at the rugby or the theatre and these two passions influence his activities at school.  He became the headteacher at Pirbright in 2015.

Kate Collins

Sandfield Primary School

Photo 2 black and white 1

Kate has enjoyed a varied teaching career working across many different settings; from 5-form entry junior schools to three-form entry primary schools located in Tower Hamlets, Dorset and Surrey.  She has taught from reception to year 6. 

Maths has always been an area of specialism, with Kate attaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Education from Brunel University, as well as being a lead maths teacher across Surrey, leading training in schools on both maths and assessment.

Kate achieved her national professional qualification for headship (NPQH), in 2014 and used these leadership skills in her deputy headteacher role at Boxgrove Primary School and, since February 2019, as the headteacher of Sandfield Primary School. 

Kate's vision for education is to inspire children to love learning, through a rich, engaging, creative and broad curriculum.

Michelle Dutton

Shalford Infant School

Michelle dutton - Headteacher at Shalford Infant School

 

Sarah Carrington

Stoughton Infant and Nursery School 

Sarah carrington - Headteacher at Stoughton Infant SchoolSarah qualified as a primary teacher in 2002 and spent 16 years at the same school undertaking a variety of roles from subject leadership, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility of Key Stage 2 and in the latter years she was the school’s SENCO and Deputy Headteacher. 

Sarah also worked as a specialist leader in education (SLE), supporting schools with initial teaching training and provision for special education needs.  The SLE role progressed into two secondments as an Interim Headteacher which was a fantastic professional development, alongside the national professional qualification for headship (NPQH), for her current role as Headteacher at Stoughton Infant and Nursery School. 

Executive Team

Our executive team supports headteachers and schools deliver an excellent standard of education across the whole trust.

Through partnership, systems leadership and shared accountability, the team establish the trust's ways of working; implementing systems and structures which benefit children’s education, deliver smooth financial operation and improve school performance by investing in training and mentoring school staff.

 

Jack Mayhew

Jack MayhewJack Mayhew brings significant experience of school leadership from both the secondary and primary sectors to his CEO role at Learning Partners.  Jack founded Athena Schools Trust, as Executive Headteacher, and led the merger with the 7 schools of Guildford Education Partnership in 2021, forming Learning Partners Academy Trust.  A teacher for more than 20 years, involved in school leadership for over half that time and a head, of one description or another, for almost 8 years, across three different schools, he is pleased to lead the trust with like-minded individuals and schools seeking a collaborative multi-academy trust model.

Jack has experience of school leadership in a variety of contexts and varying educational stages. He has experience of forming a multi-academy trust team before joining Guildford County – a school he led to outstanding Ofsted status in 2017.

Leading schools where children thrive is Jack's modus operandi for Learning Partners, where schools have a shared vision for education of being ‘better together’. The best way to face the challenges facing schools in the current climate is through collaboration, honesty and high expectations.

Patrick Overy

Patrick Overy.jpgPatrick is the Chief Operations Officer for the trust. Patrick was previously School Business Manager for Guildford County School and brings a wealth of knowledge to the trust from previous roles, including as an Operations Manager within the electronics industry and, as a volunteer, as the vice-chair of a national youth organisation. Patrick trained as a Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineer.

Patrick is an accredited School Resource Management Advisor and provides support to schools on behalf of the Department for Education to assist them in making the most effective possible use of resources.

Patrick’s role is to ensure that the trust provides effective support to our schools, enabling them to offer the best possible learning experiences for children and young people.

Kathryn Krynicki

Kathryn KrynickiKathryn has worked as a classroom teacher in the primary sector teaching for all ages between Nursery and Year 6.  Alongside her role as Director of Education, Kathryn is also a serving headteacher with 11 years headship experience, she has extensive experience of school academy trusts and school leadership.

Kathryn is an accredited NLE and has had the privilege of working with a variety of schools across the South East region in supporting them with varying aspects of school improvement.

Kathryn works to support governing bodies within both the maintained local authority and academy sector cross phase to include primary and secondary.

Kathryn has worked as part of the school improvement team since 2020 and has been able to visit all the schools within the trust, to work with leaders, teachers and staff teams to help them develop the curriculum offer for the trust’s learners.

Alongside her school improvement team colleagues, they aim to support the trust’s schools with providing the very best education they can, for the children they serve.  They do this via bespoke school improvement work and professional development.

Andrew Roach

Andrew Roach

Andrew is the Director of Education for the trust. Andrew has significant experience of secondary school leadership including a number of years as a Senior Deputy Headteacher in a large north London comprehensive.  In addition, he has been a facilitator for the National College of School Leadership delivering LfTM, Leadership Pathways through the Institute of Education and most recently as Lead Facilitator for STSN’s NPQSL programme. He is also an on-line facilitator supporting the NPQ suite of courses.  Andrew is currently delivering the ECF in George Abbot School’s role as a Regional Delivery Partner on behalf of South Farnham Teaching School hub and acting as the Appropriate Body for all secondary ECTs.

He has been a Leadership Development Advisor of the Fast Track and the Accelerate to Headship programmes.  Between 2016-21, he was employed as the Director of the Teaching School alongside his role as Director of Education.

Areas of expertise: Provision and delivery of school-based and external training. bespoke workshops and training programmes.  Coaching support, career consultations and interview support for Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers.

Jo Jones

Joanna Jones SCITT (1)Joanna is the Director for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and since joining the trust has supported graduates into the teaching profession. Joanna has twenty-five years of experience teaching and leading primary schools in London and Surrey.  In more recent years she has also worked as an national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) assessor and facilitated the work of Surrey’s Primary Headteachers’ Phase Council.

School Improvement Team

Andrew Roach, Director of Education

ARoach 2Andrew is the Director of Education for the trust. Andrew has significant experience of secondary school leadership including a number of years as a Senior Deputy Headteacher in a large north London comprehensive.  In addition, he has been a facilitator for the National College of School Leadership delivering LfTM, Leadership Pathways through the Institute of Education and most recently as Lead Facilitator for STSN’s NPQSL programme. He is also an on-line facilitator supporting the NPQ suite of courses.  Andrew is currently delivering the ECF in George Abbot School’s role as a Regional Delivery Partner on behalf of South Farnham Teaching School hub and acting as the Appropriate Body for all secondary ECTs.

He has been a Leadership Development Advisor of the Fast Track and the Accelerate to Headship programmes.  Between 2016-21, he was employed as the Director of the Teaching School alongside his role as Director of Education.

Areas of expertise: Provision and delivery of school-based and external training. bespoke workshops and training programmes.  Coaching support, career consultations and interview support for Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers.

Kathryn Krynicki, Director of Primary Education

Kathryn KrynickiKathryn has worked as a classroom teacher in the primary sector teaching for all ages between Nursery and Year 6.  Alongside her role as Director of Education, Kathryn is also a serving headteacher with 11 years headship experience, she has extensive experience of school academy trusts and school leadership.

Kathryn is an accredited NLE and has had the privilege of working with a variety of schools across the South East region in supporting them with varying aspects of school improvement.

Kathryn works to support governing bodies within both the maintained local authority and academy sector cross phase to include primary and secondary.

Kathryn has worked as part of the school improvement team since 2020 and has been able to visit all the schools within the trust, to work with leaders, teachers and staff teams to help them develop the curriculum offer for the trust’s learners.

Alongside her school improvement team colleagues, they aim to support the trust’s schools with providing the very best education they can, for the children they serve.  They do this via bespoke school improvement work and professional development.

Olivia Wernick, Trust Inclusion Lead

LOlivia Wernickiv initially began working with young people through directing youth theatre and work as a Teaching Assistant at a Special School following an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies.

Liv was greatly impacted by her work with students with additional needs, and after training as a Drama Teacher and working as a Head of Department, Olivia completed her NA SENDCo qualification.

Liv has been a SENDCo and Inclusion Lead in Surrey schools since 2016, she is also a member of the British Psychological Association and qualified Exam Access Arrangements Assessor.

Michele Miller, School Improvement Partner

Michele millerMichele is an Education Consultant who believes that every child deserves to benefit from the very best we can offer in our schools. She works with school leaders across the South East to maximise the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

Michele has worked in a variety of schools as teacher, subject leader, and senior leader, and has written and delivered professional learning to teachers across the country, and is the leadership and learning consultant for the Schools Alliance for Excellence.

Michele works with Learning Partners in the ongoing review and development of teaching, learning, and leadership in our secondary schools. Her approach is to work in close partnership and collaboration, with a curious approach so that we can explore how to continually strive to be better today than we were yesterday.

Rachel Hughlock, Primary Practice Lead

Rachel HughlockRachel has worked for the trust since 2016 in her role as Primary Practice Development Lead.  She has over 20 years of experience working in education as a teacher and acting Deputy Head.

Rachel is passionate about improving teaching and learning and improving standards of attainment within our schools.  She provides strategic support for senior leadership teams as well as providing support for teaching and learning across both our primary and secondary schools.  As part of her role, Rachel also delivers CPD to both teachers and trainees.

Graham Tuck, School Improvement Partner

Graham Tuck (1)Graham supports the trust as a School Improvement Partner. Graham has had thirty years experience teaching and leading in secondary schools, including five years as a Head of English and ten years of successful secondary headship. Graham was also a School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Advisor and worked in school improvement for various local authorities. Graham was a lead inspector for Ofsted for a number of years before moving to the Oasis multi-academy where he worked as a National Director responsible for strategy and innovation.

Carol Pearce, School Improvement Partner

CPearceCarol has been supporting the trust since September 2018, adding a wealth of educational leadership experience to the team.  Her passion is to support school leaders, including governors, to be the best they can be; continually improving the provision they offer their children so that they thrive.

Carol’s experience includes being a teacher across the entire age range (Nursery through to Secondary), Headteacher, Service Leader for Education Standards within a local authority, School Improvement Partner, a National Leader of Governance, a Trainer delivering National School Leadership Programmes and a Trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Jo Jones, Director of ITT

Jo JonesJoanna is the Director for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and since joining the trust has supported graduates into the teaching profession.

Joanna has twenty-five years of experience teaching and leading primary schools in London and Surrey.

In more recent years she has also worked as an NPQH assessor and facilitated the work of Surrey’s Primary Headteachers’ Phase Council.

Richard Honeysett, Secondary Cohort Lead

Richard Honeysett

Richard is the Secondary Cohort Lead for the George Abbot SCITT and works closely with the trainee teachers through the training programme. He also visits the trainees in their placement schools to observe lessons and liaise with mentors and professional tutors.

Richard leads the mentoring programme to ensure mentors offer the necessary advice and support for the trainees. Richard has taught for 24 years in three secondary schools in Hampshire and Surrey, most recently as an Assistant Headteacher.

Lynsey Filby, SCITT Recruitment Facilitator

Lynsey FilbyLynsey is the SCITT Rectruitment Faclitator for George Abot SCITT and joined the team in 2012 and in September 2022 joined the HR Team as a HR Adviser.

In her SCITT role, Lynsey oversees the recruitment of SCITT trainees and co-ordinates the financial management of th eSCITT.  Her role in HR is to oversee the Management Information System and provides professional advice and guidance to senior leaders and staff.

Previously, Lynsey worked within the field of Human Resources for the private and public sector and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She also holds a Business Studies and Social Policy degree.  

Gerry Newman, Secondary Course Facilitator

Gerry NewmanGerry joined George Abbot School in 2010 as the Teaching School Administrator and moved into the SCITT Team in 2014. 

In her role as Secondary Course Facilitator, she is responsible for the organisation of the Secondary SCITT Programme and provide pastoral support for the Secondary Trainees.

Suzy Wright,  SCITT Recruitment Administrator

Suzy WrightSuzy has worked for the trust since February 2019.  She has over 15 years of administration experience and has worked within the education sector since 2014.  Suzy has a BA Hons in Business Administration.

In her role as SCITT Recruitment Administrator, Suzy provides a first point of contact for teacher training enquiries, organises interview days and information events and has designed various marketing materials.

 

Central Operations Team

Jo Coles,  Head of HR

Jo ColesJo is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), is a Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner, a certified workplace mediator and Mental Health at Work First Aider.

Jo joined the trust in 2017 having previously worked in Human Resources in the NHS for 20 years.  Jo is experienced at providing best practice HR advice and delivering HR related initiatives such as employment law related matters, complex employee relations cases, change management processes, policy development, recruitment and retention initiatives and workforce planning.

Lynsey Filby,  HR Officer

Lynsey FilbyLynsey is the SCITT Rectruitment Facilitator for George Abbot SCITT and joined the team in 2012 and in September 2022 joined the HR Team as a HR Adviser.

In her SCITT role, Lynsey oversees the recruitment of SCITT trainees and co-ordinates the financial management of the SCITT. 

Her role in HR is to oversee the Management Information System and provides professional advice and guidance to senior leaders and staff. Previously, Lynsey worked within the field of Human Resources for the private and public sector and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She also holds a Business Studies and Social Policy degree.

Jennifer Smillie,  HR Assistant

Jen SmillieJennifer joined the trust in December 2022. Following her BA (Hons) Business Studies degree, Jennifer started her career in HR and Recruitment before completing her PGCE (Primary) to become a teacher in 2004. She has extensive primary teaching experience mainly in KS1 and EYFS. More recently, she qualified to teach Mindfulness to children age 3-11 years old.

Jennifer enjoys working within the education sector and provides HR administration support to the trust's central team and the HR Manager. She is responsible for general HR administration, including data management, reporting and the recruitment process.

Sarah Allen,  Head of Finance

Sarah AllenSarah is a qualified accountant who joined the trust as Finance Officer following four and a half years as School Business Manager at Shalford Infant School. Prior to this she worked as a Financial Controller and has over 15 years of commercial finance experience gained in the private sector.

Sarah believes great financial management can help the trust deliver the best outcomes for its children.

Becky Hart,  Finance Manager

Becky HartBecky has worked for the trust since September 2022, having previously worked for another trust for six years in a central finance role. She is the finance manager in the central finance team and her role is to oversee the day to day finance function of the central team, whilst providing support to finance staff within our schools. She is currently working towards completing her AAT exams.

Becky believes strongly that every child should be given the gift of an education that encompasses learning with emotional and physical wellbeing.

Katy Mansell,  Finance Analyst

Katy MansellKaty has recently joined the trust in September 2022 in a new role as a Finance Analyst in the central team.

Previously Katy has worked in both the education and corporate sectors with her previous role being a Finance Officer in another school in Guildford. She holds a degree in Business Information Systems and has recently completed her AAT level 3.

Mirela Samuel,  Finance Assistant

We are delighted to have welcomed Mirela very recently to the team and her bio will be available to view shortly.Untitled (297 × 210 mm)

Sandra Mcallister,  Academy Conversion Project Lead

Sandra McAllister (002) (1)Sandra joined the trust in January 2023. Her role is to support schools who are looking to join The Trust and to assist those schools in the Academisation process.

She has 25 years’ experience as a School Business Manager and currently works in a large primary academy.

Ben Sayers,  IT Director and Deputy Data Protection Officer

Ben Sayers IT Director & Deputy Data Protection Officer (1)Ben Sayers is the IT Director at Learning Partners Academy Trust. His team's strategic goal is to "improve teaching and learning through better ICT". The Learning Partners Network Team supports our schools in all aspects of IT, providing tailored support to meet the requirements that our schools face. Our technical staff are skilled in their areas of expertise, with an ICT Apprentice programme to ensure that the team has continuity for the future.

The Learning Partners Network Team is purpose-built to grow as our community and school numbers grow. Our structure is designed to meet schools' needs with IT Technicians onsite, the Service Desk providing remote support and a Development & Infrastructure Team to lead on projects. This structure combines on-site and centralised support staff to better co-ordinate helpdesk tickets and projects for each one of our schools, with our projects being planned together so our schools get the benefits of group purchasing.

Sam Crosby,  Head of Estates, Governance and Compliance

Sam crosbyfinalSam joined the trust in December 2022, having previously worked as an Estates Partner in the central services team of large Surrey based MAT, and as a School Business Manager of a Special school.  In these roles, she gained extensive practical experience in project management, policy development, school governance and compliance in various educational settings. 

Prior to working in the education sector in 2017, Sam had a career in banking for over 20 years as a finance analyst, concluding in a senior supervisory role at the Bank of England, focussing on compliance and Board governance. 

Sam’s role within the trust is to ensure trust governance adheres to good practice and meets all statutory and regulatory requirements.  In addition, Sam provides strategic oversight of the development and maintenance of estates by leading the trust estates function.  Sam aims to deliver pragmatic, strategic support in all areas of compliance, governance and estates to enable school leaders to deliver the trust’s vision in a collaborative and transparent way. 

Julia Mason,  Clerk to the Trust Board

Julia MasonJulia first joined the Trust in 2020 as clerk to the Trust Board. Julia has a background in both the education and corporate sectors. She has worked in a variety of school roles, both classroom-based and administrative, for many years. She has provided clerking support for a range of governing bodies, from small infant schools to large secondaries, and at trust board level. Julia strongly believes in the importance of good governance to ensure positive outcomes for all children. Julia is also currently clerk to the local governing bodies of two Learning Partners Academy Trust schools: Guildford County School and Loseley Fields Primary School.

Gaby Sutton, Senior Administrator and PA to CEO

Gaby SuttonGaby first joined the trust as a Food Technology Technician at George Abbot School in 2014 before taking the role as administrator within the central team.  She holds an honours degree in French and Italian and prior to a career break she was a Sales, PR and Marketing executive.

Gaby is now PA to the CEO and also responsible for the communications and marketing of the trust.  Gaby loves visiting the schools and is always delighted to support them in their marketing and communications strategies.  As well as supporting Jack, Gaby ensures the trust office is organised and efficient to allow the team to provide a high service to all of our schools.

Ashley Stapledon, Operations Coordinator

Ashley StapledonAshley joined the trust in 2022, as the Operations Coordinator in the Central Operations Team. She has a background in both the education and corporate sectors, and has worked in a variety of industries, including IT and Pharmaceuticals. Her role is to support the trust’s schools by providing clear, useful information and guidance to School Business Managers and Leadership Teams, enabling them to access any support and information that they may need quickly and easily.   

Ashley is a frequent volunteer at her local primary school and is also co-founder of the Guildford Baby Bank, a networking group that she has grown from scratch to over 3,000 members, established to support all parents and carers within Guildford & its environs. She believes strongly in the value of education and lifelong learning for all children.  

Doug Dalgleish, Estates Manager

Doug DalgleishDoug is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He has a university honours degree in Building Construction & Management.

Doug joined the trust in 2022 having previously worked as a project manager in the construction industry for 25 years. He has a wealth of experience in delivering complex construction projects on time and within budget.