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The de Ferrers Trust is a multi-academy trust based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Our aim is to ensure that all children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of background.
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Meet our Leaders

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Our Trust Leaders

Chris Allen

Trust Leader for Assessment (11-19)

“I am motivated by working in a trust which has an ethos aligned with my own values - to enable students to be successful in the future.”

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Simon Aston

Trust Leader for Music

“To have the chance to instil the passion I have for the subject I love into future generations is a privilege, not a job.”

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Stephanie Bogacki

Trust Leader for Art and Design

“I feel privileged to be working with a team of Artists who share my passion for our subject and aspire to inspire our students to be the best they can be.”

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Vicky Barlow

Trust Leader for Geography

“The best thing about working for The de Ferrers Trust is the collaborative planning and working in broader teams to share the best practice. This wouldn't have been possible without the input from all Geographers across the Trust.”

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Dan Brown

Trust Leader for Physical Education

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

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Sarah Denyer

Trust Leader for Design and Technology

“There is a great team ethos working at The de Ferrers Trust and I always feel supported by colleagues and leaders. Working at The de Ferrers Trust has given me lots of opportunities to progress.”

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James Done

Trust Leader for Attendance

“I have enjoyed working at schools in both Staffordshire and Derbyshire. I love the challenges of teaching and leading others in education, but especially enjoy being able to help young people to learn, grow, develop and achieve their ambitions.”

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Louise Fleming

Trust Leader for Mathematics (Primary)

“I feel proud to work for the Trust as it not just an educational community but an educational family. I believe in our vision and the positive difference we strive to make within our local communities.”

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Tina Foster

Trust Leader for ICT and Computer Science

“The future is technology. Let us make sure that everyone has a qualification to support that. I am thoroughly enjoying the connections between the three secondary schools in our Trust, working together and helping each other.”

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Chris Gell

Trust Leader for Curriculum

“One of my favourite quotes is ‘Life is not a rehearsal’. I try to make the most of every day in order to have as positive an impact as possible on the children that I am privileged to work with. I firmly believe in the values ‘Work hard, be kind, choose wisely” as these echo the values I was brought up on. I am a big believer in people power and the strength that comes through building high-performing collaborative teams. I am pleased The de Ferrers Trust also places such importance on this.”

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Sarah Glover

Trust Leader for Pupil Premium & Vulnerable Groups

“The support I have received working for the Trust has been invaluable. I have been supported in every initiative I have implemented to support vulnerable and disadvantaged students, both by the Trust itself and the individual academies within it””

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Mary Hall

Trust Leader for Teaching and Learning

“I have met doctors, artists, engineers, writers, teachers, hairdressers, farmers – all amazing and aspirational young people. I am thrilled that we have contributed to those journeys.”

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Deb Holland

Trust Leader for Community Engagement

“I'm glad that my school is part of The de Ferrers Trust. It is good to be able to have more teachers in the same subject area in one team. We can learn from each other and share ideas.”

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Tom Holland

Trust Leader for Social Studies

“I love teaching the Social Sciences as it has the ability to make society and the world we live in come to life. It also gives students a critical voice and ability to challenge status-quo ideas about how society is structured and the hierarchies that exists within it. I like working for a school and trust that is inclusive and supportive.”

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Greg Hughes

Trust Leader for Digital Strategy

“Working at The de Ferrers Trust has allowed me to develop my passion for learning technologies and become a global leader and advocate for change.”

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Mark Hurst

Trust Leader for Mental Health and Wellbeing

“I lead a team of Family Support workers and Early Help Practitioners who specialise in delivering targeted support to students and their families to help them overcome the barriers they may be facing. Further, I am proud to have trained many wonderful colleagues in Mental Health First Aid and we now have more than 50 across the Trust.”

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Andrew Jones

Trust Leader for Teaching and Learning CPD

“Working as a Trust Leader allows me to have a widespread positive influence on the quality of teaching. This means students across the Trust receive a high-quality education, so that they know a little more and are a little better each day.”

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Sue Key

Trust Leader for Modern Foreign Languages

“Working with colleagues in the Trust is an excellent opportunity to share ideas, good practice, resources and workload and very importantly, our collective passion for languages.”

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Sally Land

Trust Leader for Careers Education

“Our Trust Careers Programmes create opportunities and encounters designed to develop work-based skills required for lifelong learning.”

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Sarah Morgan

Trust Leader for Drama

“Working collaboratively with people who want the best for our children and drawing on their expertise is what makes the hard days easier and inspires us to improve our practice every day.”

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Jane Oldham

Trust Leader for Science Technicians

“As a Science Technician, it is very rewarding to see the response of students when a spectacular experiment is demonstrated to illustrate a topic, or equally, when a simple experiment can help pupils to learn a concept that they have previously struggled with”

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Brenda Parker

Trust Leader for Initial and Early Career Teacher Training

““I strongly believe that education brings with it the responsibility to prepare the young people in our care for happiness and success in their adult lives.””

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Katie Pattinson

Trust Leader for Educational Research and School Improvement Projects

“It is a genuine privilege to serve the schools in The de Ferrers Trust to ensure that all of our children in our care have the best opportunities to fulfil their social and academic potential. Working with our teams of dedicated teachers to develop their own practice and further improve outcomes for our children across The de Ferrers Trust is a real privilege.”

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Laura Preston

Trust Leader for Primary PE and Sport Premium

“Teaching someone something new and knowing that this could impact their future lives, makes everything worthwhile. Seeing that 'lightbulb' moment and knowing you make a difference to someone every day is the most important thing of all.”

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Kate Priestnall

Director of Safeguarding

“Kate has specialised in safeguarding and youth work for over twenty years. She is an expert at working directly with vulnerable children, with an additional focus in law. Within the trust, Kate works to develop safeguarding practice and policies, and leads accredited NSPCC training for all staff.”

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Helen Port

Trust Leader for Science

“Equipped with five senses, humans explore the universe around them and call the adventure Science.”

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Sarah Rea

Trust Leader for History

“The cooperative working within the Trust has enhanced life opportunities for the students in all of our Academies, enriched the curricula and extended the family in which we work. Work hard, be kind, choose wisely. How different History would be if more people had adopted these principles! Maybe less exciting to study, but a better world would have been created. These simple yet ambitious targets are the bedrock of the Trust and are principles that we should all strive towards everyday.”

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Tom Riley

Trust Leader for Mathematics (Secondary)

“I love how hard our students work across the Trust and the joy of watching our students become successful Mathematicians as they complete their journey through secondary school. In Mathematics, practice is the key to success and our students work hard to be successful.”

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Lisa Rogers

Trust Leader for Personal, Social and Health Education

“My role within the trust is to enable students to be ready for the wider world and to be tolerant and respectful citizens. I also enjoy working collaboratively across Trust to enable colleagues to share good practice and give the very best to our students.”

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Nicola Townsend

Trust Leader for Management Information

“Don’t let a fear of failure stop you from trying.”

A Family of Schools

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The trust currently consists of seven schools (three secondaries and four primaries). The trust educates approximately 5000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and employs 600 members of staff.

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The de Ferrers Academy

Principal / Kathy Hardy

Trent Campus St Mary's Drive, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire
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