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Principals
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Richard Simcox
Erdington Hall Primary School
Richard is the principal of Erdington Hall primary school and has been teaching for nearly 15 years in inner city schools where the attainment and progress of pupils had been historically low. Richard was part of the leadership team that joined Erdington Hall when it was named as one of the bottom 200 schools in the country and helped to lead the school to its first ever OFSTED ‘good’ rating. Richard is an SLE for standards and assessment in the Ninestiles teaching alliance and believes that all children have the right to the best education possible as part of a genuine drive for equality for all.
Carol Phillips
Trust Primary Principal
Carol was the Principal of Erdington Hall Primary School until July 2016 and is an SLE. After having led the school to achieve 'Good' in their Ofsted Inspection, Carol is now working on a Trust wide EAL strategy. She has been in education for 28 years and has teaching and leadership experience in both Primary and Secondary schools. Carol has provided staff training and support in both Birmingham and Sandwell; she was an advisory teacher for science in Birmingham, and a School Improvement Consultant for Sandwell LA for five years. Carol has been actively involved in national and regional networks across the West Midlands
Rena Ali
Head of School, Yarnfield Primary School
Leah Charlesworth
Interim Executive Principal, Yarnfield Primary School
Leah has diverse and varied experience within the maintained and academy education sector spanning 22 years at local, regional and national level with over 15 years in executive positions. Leah’s experience ranges from successful school leadership, leading a range of schools in challenging circumstances and through transformational leadership supporting them to improve significantly, to working within three different Local Authority teams. Leah is designated National Leader of Education (NLE), having led two schools from categories of concern to Ofsted Outstanding, securing the latter as a Teaching School after leading the school from Special Measures to Outstanding within 17 months. Previously, as the Director of School Improvement and Director of the Teaching School for the 8th largest Multi Academy Trust in the country, Leah was instrumental in transforming school improvement strategy leading to securing significant improvements in pupil outcomes, narrowing gaps and improved Ofsted designations. She has played a key role in developing and implementing policies, liaising with DfE, RSC, Ofsted and other stakeholders and being responsive to Government policy.
Mark Court
The Oaklands Primary School
Mark Court is the newly appointed Principal at The Oaklands Primary School. He previously worked at Montgomery Primary Academy for 5 years as an Assistant Headteacher and then the Deputy Headteacher. Mark is an SLE for EYFS and has supported Senior Leaders across the country in developing their EYFS. As a Talk for Writing trainer, he was worked closely with Pie Corbett. Mark has experienced teaching in London and Sydney, Australia. After working in some of the most deprived areas in the UK, yet achieving academic results on par with national figures, Mark is a firm believer that all children have the ability to achieve given the opportunity.
David Shakeshaft
Pegasus Primary School
David is the Principal of Pegasus Primary School. He has been teaching since 1995 and has served on leadership teams across the West Midlands. An experienced Principal, David successfully led schools in Solihull and Birmingham before joining Ninestiles Academy Trust. He has been an Advanced Skills Teacher and made significant contributions to a variety of quality assurance groups and inter-school organisations focused on improving outcomes for all children. He is committed to an ethos and culture in which everyone is valued and encouraged to succeed. He has high aspirations for all children and is passionate about enabling them to thrive in all aspects of school life.
James Power
Ninestiles, An Academy
In September 2017, we welcomed Mr James Power, an experienced and passionate educationalist, as the Interim Principal of Ninestiles, an Academy. From January 2018 he takes up the permanent position as Principal. Mr Power has a wide and successful range of previous experience as a Senior Leader in Derby, Walsall, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester. His career began in Merseyside 23 years ago as a mathematics and computing teacher. Following relocation to South Wales, he quickly advanced to become Head of Department and then a School Improvement Adviser serving over 50 schools in 4 authorities. Mr Power has also represented Local Authorities on national forums and advised government policy and the BBC with ICT related developments. He has worked and led in a variety of schools and circumstances throughout his career. He is highly knowledgeable and passionate about making a difference for every child whilst motivating and inspiring those around him to be the best they can be.
Abid Butt
Lyndon School
Abid is the Principal at Lyndon School Solihull. He has worked in education for nearly 18 years and for the main served in senior leadership roles including Advanced Skills Teacher, Assistant, Deputy and Associate Headteacher. His primary area of expertise is teaching school improvement and he has successfully contributed to raising standards in education locally in Solihull schools. Abid has worked with the National College to pilot revisions to the National Professional Qualification for Headship. (NPQH)
Jason Bridges
Cockshut Hill School
Jason is the newly appointed Principal at Cockshut Hill. He has taught in London, New York and at Ninestiles. Originally a PE teacher, Jason has held a variety of middle and senior leadership roles including Faculty Leader, AP for Behaviour and VP for Provision. Jason has two children Daniel & Luke and spends most of his weekend taking them to various sporting events!
Dr Martin Sullivan
The Sixth Form College, Solihull
Martin is the Principal of The Sixth Form College, Solihull. He became a research chemist after graduating from university and gained a PhD. It was during this time he found his true passion for education. He is dedicated to ensuring that all students achieve their potential and committed to opening them up to all the opportunities that education can offer. Martin is particularly keen to improve the lives of students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has been teaching since 1994 and has been in a leadership position since 1996 and a senior leader for over 14 years.