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Education Team

Steve Allen – Chief Executive


Steve was the Principal of The de Ferrers Academy from January 2012 until May 2016 when he took the role of Chief Executive of the Trust. He has over 32 years’ experience as a teacher in several large 11-19 schools and academies across the West Midlands. He has over 12 years’ experience as a Headteacher and Principal in 4 schools/academies with numerous inspections at 'good+' and a record of always improving progress and overall levels of attainment. Extensive experience and commitment to school to school support.

Craig Brown – Director of Education


Craig has been involved with supporting Trust schools since the Trust’s inception and now works full fime for the Trust, with overall responsibility for educational outcomes.  He works closely with the Academy Principals to improve performance and instill best practice in all aspects of education.  Craig leads an expanding team of cross-phase educational Lead Practitioners, who work at both a strategic and an operational level, helping the Trust Board to hold each Academy, and their leaders, to account.


He has a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University and has taught Mathematics in secondary schools for over 16 years.  Craig has taught all elements of Mathematics, from Year 6 transition to A-Level Further Mathematics and Higher Level International Baccalaureate Mathematics.  He has an outstanding track record within examination group performance, as well as supporting colleagues into A-Level teaching. 


Prior to joining the Trust, Craig was Vice Principal at The de Ferrers Academy with responsibility for Data and Timetable.  He led the development of regular data tracking and reporting at the Academy and created an accountability model that underpinned dramatic improvements in outcomes over a sustained period.  Craig also successfully supported a number of other schools in both development of data protocols and timetable creation, with each establishment reporting significant performance gains over the period. 


He is passionate about educational performance, particularly in the local area; he is a Director of a local primary academy that was previously in Special Measures.  Craig is also passionate about technology in education; he is an Apple Teacher and was one of the original exponents of the 1-to-1 iPad programme at The de Ferrers Academy. 


David Lovell – Vice Principal at The de Ferrers Academy

David was involved in establishing The de Ferrers Trust; supporting the trust through the transition from single academy to multi-academy status.

David has been teaching in secondary education for over 15 years with a background in Physical Education. He is currently Vice Principal at The de Ferrers Academy with responsibility for teaching and learning and CPD.  David is seconded to the Trust for one day a week (from September 2017) to support development in these areas.  

David co-ordinates Initial Teacher Training (ITT) across all academies within the Trust, leading on programmes to support trainees, newly qualified (NQTs) and recently qualified teachers (RQTs). The de Ferrers Trust is a provider of the School Direct teacher training programme at both secondary and primary level, with our courses accredited by The University of Nottingham.

Katie Pattinson - Lead Practitioner in English



Michael Dowson - Lead Practitioner for Maths