Our
Principals

Our
Principals



Elizabeth Threlkeld
Principal

Elizabeth is the Principal of Perton Academy has been a headteacher for 12 years.  Perton Academy has a strong ethos, which provides a happy, caring and secure learning environment. The academies vision encourages and challenges all learners to achieve their potential through a vibrant and meaningful curriculum.  The main aims are to reflect the outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters’ and it is important for the academy to develop strong partnerships between the staff, pupils, home and the local community.  The academy was judged by Ofsted to be Grade 1 Outstanding.

The academy is located in Perton, Wolverhampton.

Richard Sutton
Principal

Richard is the Principal of John Wheeldon Primary Academy . He has been leading the school since September 2016.  Richard was formerly the Headteacher of an outstanding First School in Staffordshire.  John Wheeldon Primary Academy is a larger than average primary school with great capacity for growth. It is a thinking community Academy with dedicated and professional staff.

It is located just to the north of Stafford Town Centre.  Children feel safe and secure, “they are keen to learn and do well” (Ofsted 2014)

Jonathan Williams
HEADTEACHER

Jonathan is the Principal of Moorgate Primary Academy. Moorgate is a 1½ form entry primary school located in the heart of Tamworth that currently have 230 children on role.

Moorgate is a very friendly Academy with caring and supportive staff. Moorgate  provides a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children to develop into learners for life. The Academy vision is simple; Achieve, Challenge, Enjoy!  In essence this means they strive for their children to achieve their best, challenge themselves and enjoy their learning.

Rowena Hillier
Principal

Rowena is the Principal of Staffordshire University Academy 11-19 year provision. Previously Vice Principal at the academy for eighteen months before becoming Principal in October 2014. Prior to this Rowena worked as an Assistant Headteacher for five years in a high school in Burton upon Trent during which time she was seconded to lead a Pupil Referral Unit for six months.

Before moving to teach in Staffordshire Rowena spent the first 12 years of her teaching profession working in schools in Birmingham.

Tracy Ward
Director of Learning and School Improvement

Tracy Ward was the Principal of St. Edward's CE Academy Cheddleton up until August 2018 when she took up her current role with the Trust as the Director of Learning and School Improvement. 

Tracy has worked previously in a variety of rural and urban schools in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. She is currently a Local Leader of Education (LLE), a Professional Partner and a qualified Pupil Premium Reviewer. She was also recently the Executive Headteacher of a school in Special Measures.

Lynn Small
Principal

Littleton Green Community School is proud of its heritage and of its strong links to its community. The Principal, Lynn Small was born in the local area and has been teaching at Littleton Green, previously Huntington Primary, since January 2000. She has been the Principal since 2006. 

Lynn has extensive experience in the Primary setting having worked in a number of schools as ICT co-ordinator, Maths co-ordinator and co-ordinating teaching assistants; she has taught in every primary year group. 

Lynn sees her primary role as providing strategic direction and vision. She believes in a healthy work-life balance and spends much of her spare time with her three children, singing in a local choir and most recently enjoying training the new Littleton Green  school dog, “Barat”.

Jen Matthewman
Principal

Jen Matthewman came to Boney Hay in April 2009 following five years at a large primary school in Walsall. There she was initially Deputy Head and then became Principal three years later.  Prior to this, Jen worked in Sparkbrook in Birmingham as the RE lead for teaching and learning and then in Sutton Coldfield as PE and Drama Coordinator.  On her arrival, there were just 83 pupils at Boney Hay and this has now grown to over 170.  Boney Hay is a thriving academy and was rated as Good by Ofsted in June 2016.

Boney Hay Primary Academy is proud of its family feel and its ethos that every child has the ability to succeed regardless of gender, ability or background.  We encompass the outdoors into our learning through the teaching of cycling, running and swimming.  Indeed Jen herself is a keen open water swimmer.  All children can access the curriculum at their own level and all received personalised teaching in reading, writing and phonics. We firmly believe that the child is the centre of all we do and we are looking forward to the next chapter in our exciting journey.

Rachel Chandler
PRINCIPAL

Rachel was appointed as Principal of Tynsel Parkes CE Primary Academy on 1st September 2017, the academy caters for 3-9 years olds in the town of Uttoxeter.  Rachel previously worked as the Senior Assistant Headteacher in a large Primary School in Cheadle, a market town in the Staffordshire Moorlands.  Rachel has experiences of working in numerous roles from; SENDCo, Pupil Premium Manager, Assessment Manager. Also having had the opportunity to lead; Science, PE, and PHSE, as well teaching throughout the primary phase.

Tynsel Parkes is a team of people who are constantly striving for excellence, our children are placed at the centre of all that we do and this is underpinned by our Christian foundations. Rachel is excited about leading the academy forwards in the future.  

Katie Stanley
PRINCIPAL

Katie is the Principal of Charnwood Primary Academy, a one form entry primary school, based in Lichfield.  Katie was previously Deputy Head at Charnwood for 4 years, before being appointed as Principal in 2014.

Working closely with pupils, their parents and the local community, Charnwood is dedicated to its vision: Inspire, Nurture and Achieve.  They are a happy and supportive academy with committed staff to encourage and develop compassion, communication, confidence, curiosity, creativity and commitment from its children.

Rebecca Walker
COEXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER

Rebecca is one of the Executive Co-Headteachers at The Saints Academies. The Saints are three small village academies: St Augustine’s CE Academy, All Saints CE Academy, Denstone and St Peter’s CE Academy, Alton that formally federated in September 2015. Rebecca began her teaching career at St Augustine’s CE Academy in September 2002 and is passionate about small schools and the uniqueness they offer.

The Saints academies believe that education should be an exciting and inspirational experience for everyone and are dedicated to maintaining a strong family atmosphere and culture of success, within the Christian ethos.

Sarah Robson
COEXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER
Phil Wright
Principal

Phil is the head teacher of St Luke’s CE Academy, Endon.

At St Luke’s we develop learning through four key principles: trust, choice, collaboration and inclusion. We seek to challenge fixed ability labelling or notions of fixed identities and develop learners who are empowered and engaged, to contribute and lead in society, for the benefit of all.

This is Phil’s third headship, having previously been a leader in Cornwall and Malawi, in southern Africa. In between these experiences, he completed a year as a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, supporting the teacher education programme.

Teaching and learning is a passion!!

Sue Machin
Principal

St Edward’s CE Academy Cheddleton is a school that emphasises Christian values in all that it does with pupils, families and other stakeholders. The last Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) graded the school as Outstanding.

The school caters for pupils aged 3 – 9 offering them a broad and balanced curriculum. The emphasis is on all pupils being aspirational and making good progress.

Sue Machin  has been the Principal since September 2018. She was previously the Principal at Grove Academy and Head of School at Hamilton Infants School, both in Stoke-on-Trent.

Lesley Montgomery
Principal

Lesley has been headteacher at Horton St Michael’s CE First School and Nursery since April 2015.

Horton is a caring creative, and forward-thinking school set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside near to Rudyard Lake.  St. Michael's offers children the best possible start to their education; we are driven by a desire to create an atmosphere where children are inspired to want to learn, not just for now but for the rest of their loves.  We view education as a joint venture involving everyone: children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community.  Within school success is based on teamwork, fun, personalised learning, hard work and collaboration.  We are very proud to be rated outstanding by Ofsted and SIAMS.

 

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