Profiles

Lee Abbot

Headteacher, Hillside Primary, Ipswich

Lee Abbott has been a Headteacher for eight years. Hillside Primary School is his second headship, where he joined in 2013, after five years at a smaller, rural primary school. Prior to Headship, Lee taught in Hampshire before moving to Ipswich for a Deputy Headteacher position in a large, urban school.

l.abbott@hillsidecp.net @hillsidepips www.hillsidecp.net

Bryony Surtees

Executive Head of Chesterton & Isle of Ely Primary Schools

Bryony Surtees is Executive Head teacher of Chesterton and Isle of Ely Primary Schools. She has had the unique and exciting opportunity of growing and defining both schools from the very beginning. Chesterton opened in September 2013 whilst Isle of Ely opened a year later. Prior to joining the Active Learning Trust, Bryony was Head teacher of a small rural primary school in Suffolk.

byrony.surtess@chestersonprimary.org @chestertoncamb www.chestertonprimary.org

Jason Wing

Executive Head of Neale-Wade Academy & Burrowmor Primary School

Jason Wing has been a Principal of Neale-Wade for 4 years and has been Executive Principal of both Neale-Wade Academy and Burrowmoor Primary school since April 2015. Prior to becoming Principal of Neale-Wade Jason worked as Deputy Headteacher at Witchford Village College. Jason began his teaching career in west London were he was Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sport at an award winning specialist sports college. Jason is a career teacher and began teaching Physical Education in 1989.

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

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

Rae Aldous

Headteacher, Westwood Primary School

Rae Aldous has been Headteacher of Westwood Primary School since September 2012. This is Rae's first Headship, having previously been a Deputy Headteacher for 9 years in another Lowestoft school. Working in partnership with The Active Learning Trust, through careful recruitment of outstanding staff and targeted school improvement she has successfully lead the school out of Special Measures. The school has been transformed resulting in a learning community which is both happy and harmonious and where strong leadership ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families.

head@westwoodprimary.org @WestwoodPSchool westwoodprimary.org

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

Amanda Ward

Headteacher, Grove Primary School

Amanda Ward is the Headteacher at Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville, this is her first headship. She has previously been the deputy Headteacher of two schools within Suffolk. Amanda started her teaching career in Lincolnshire in 2001 and also taught in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk before settling in Suffolk. Amanda is committed to ensuring all children reach their full potential in a school which is at the heart of the community.

a.ward@groveprimaryschool.org @groveprimaryCC www.groveprimaryschool.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

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.net

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

Anne Evans

Headteacher, Kingsfield Primary School

Anne joined Kingsfield in January 2016 and is now the school’s Headteacher. Previously, Anne has enjoyed two Headships in Yorkshire; she is passionate about quality primary education and ensuring that all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Head@kingsfield.cambs.sch.uk @KingsfieldP www,kingsfieldprimary.co.uk

Susan Dobbs

Headteacher, Burrowmoor

Susan Dobbs is the headteacher at Burrowmoor Primary School. This is Susan's second headship having successfully led another primary school in Cambridge. Prior to this headship, Susan trained as an Ofsted Inspector and also worked as Lead Partner for a large education trust with responsibility for school improvement across sixty primary and secondary schools. Susan has extensive experience as a senior leader in education specialising in whole school improvement, strengthening leadership in schools and raising attainment. Susan is dedicated towards creating a stimulating and purposeful learning environment for all pupils at Burrowmoor School through creating shared goals and high aspirations.

head@burrowmoorprimary.org @BurrowmoorSch www.burrowmoor.net

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

Simon Bainbridge

Headteacher, Highfield Ely School

Simon Bainbridge has been Headteacher at Highfield Ely since September 2011. Simon began his career in special education as a support worker at SCOPEs Meldreth Manor in 1993, then as a teacher working for the National Autistic Society in 1997. From then he worked at Green Hedges, which closed in 2006, being part of the merger of four Cambs SEN schools which became Granta and Castle, two of the Cambs area special schools. Simon was appointed as the Deputy at Granta before it opened, and was appointed to an Acting Head role a year before moving to Highfield Ely.

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