Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Fun, Creativity and Achievement

Governance

Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust

Governance Structure

Change to Structure

On April 12th 2021, the Trust Board replaced Local Governing Bodies with Local Advisory Boards. This change was made for two key reasons:

  • The responsibility and accountability for each school no longer rests with Governing Bodies but with the Trust. Therefore, we needed a model that was more aligned to our scheme of delegation.
  • We wanted to create a model of Governance which ensures more community representation, is more linked to the Trust and has more time to focus on each school, its priorities and its uniqueness, rather than budgets and school performance data.

The Purpose of the Local Advisory Board (LAB)

The primary focus of the LAB is to promote the best interests of all the children and their families within their school and the wider Trust. They will provide an opportunity to support the ‘uniqueness’ of each school in terms of learning opportunities available, enhancing school wellbeing and a focus on the needs of the local community. The LAB will enhance community engagement through being a collective channel of communication. The focus of enhancing community engagement reflects the Trust’s values and will be particularly important for the growth of the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust.

Adam Wilson – Chair of LAB

 

Caroline Stewart – Executive Principal – Pineham Barns & Buckton Fields Primary School

I have been the Principal of Pineham Barns since it opened in 2017, and have had the privilege of building a successful team and growing a school community from the very beginning. More recently, I have become the Executive Principal at Buckton Fields, and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of a new school community, as it prepares to open and grow under the vision of Fun, Creativity and Achievement.

I have been involved in Senior Leadership of schools for many years and was a Headteacher at a one form entry school prior to my role at the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust. Under my leadership in eighteen months, the school achieved an Ofsted judgement of good, after being identified as having significant weaknesses.

As part of the Trust, I enjoy supporting and collaborating with other colleagues to improve and innovate the teaching and learning experiences for the pupils in all our schools. Outside of the Trust, I also support school improvement and effectiveness within the local authority as a Partnership Headteacher. I have also been an Ofsted Inspector since 2017 as both a Lead Inspector and team member.

 

Ian Sinnamon – Assistant Principal

I have worked at for the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust since it began in 2017 and before that at Preston Hedge’s Primary School since 2011. A highlight of this time has been working with a fantastic team to achieve Outstanding at Preston Hedge’s Primary School in 2014.

I have a passion for the teaching of Maths and work closely with the other Maths Leaders and staff to ensure that the pupils across our Trust get the very best experiences and leave our schools well prepared to continue their learning journey.

As we have grown as a Trust, I have had a great number of opportunities to collaborate with teachers and leaders with a focus on developing and enhancing practice to provide children with the fun, creativity and achievement that is at the heart of the Trust.

Most recently, I had the opportunity to move within the Trust to Pineham Barns Primary School. Working alongside a new team and school community is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to continuing to build and develop a strong team as the school grows.

 

Gary Allen – LAB member 

I was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2020 and have now moved across to be a member of the Local Advisory Board. I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the continued development of the school. I also look forward to being part of the LAB and working closely with the school community.

I have held a number of senior corporate leadership roles and currently run my own management consultancy business. I work with large organisations to help them develop a culture of engagement and empowerment that improves their customer experience and ultimately their bottom line performance. I am experienced in many aspects of leadership and have a particular interest in performance management.

My son, Campbell, is in Year 5 and will be joined at the school by his younger brother, Louis, who starts in September.

I enjoy spending time with my family whether that be entertaining a demanding three year old or ferrying a sports mad nine year old from one event to the next. At the weekend I can usually be found watching a rugby game whether it be the pros in action or standing on the touch line supporting my eldest.

 

Leah Martindale – LAB member 

I have a son, Harry, in year 5 and a daughter, Eleanor, in Reception.

Governance experience: Began as a parent governor at Pineham Barns in March 2020. I was responsible for SEND specifically and helped to feed back on policies pertaining to SEND, as well meeting staff and aiding the transition towards maternity cover for Mrs Dell. I now have a year’s experience of considering and responding to data, initiatives and attainment in the school, as well as issues concerning safeguarding and general aspects of the school. My favourite role as a Governor was my day assisting with virtual interviews, which was hugely enjoyable and showcased the talented individuals that aspire to join the outstanding team at Pineham Barns.

Professional experience: I am a Secondary school senior leader, with experience particularly in areas of pastoral support and safeguarding. Having said this, I have been a head of English and Advanced Skills teacher prior to taking a more pastoral route. Within my career development I have had the roles of SENDCo, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Specialist Exam assessor and overseeing behaviour and behaviour for learning as well as provision for health and wellbeing, looked after children and student voice. I have a wide range of experience and am still continuing to develop my skills through ongoing CPD and training, including most recently a course on school attendance.

 

Trish Lorimer – LAB member (Maternity Leave)