Chris Allen

Trust Leader for Assessment (11-19)

BSC (Hons.) in Agriculture, University of Reading / Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Science, University of Nottingham

“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.”

I was born and brought up on a family farm in a village near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. As a student I attended Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter. On graduating from Reading University, I returned to manage the family dairy, arable and fish farm, comprising of 350 acres, 100 dairy cows and 80,000 rainbow trout. In 2002, I decided to change careers and completed a PGCE in secondary science at the University of Nottingham part-time.

I joined The de Ferrers Academy in 2004 as an NQT and have held positions as Assistant International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator and Director of Learning for Science, successfully leading an improvement in outcomes for students across Science. On joining the academy leadership team as an Assistant Principal, I was responsible for the whole academy timetable and educational visits.

I am the Trust leader for Assessment, 11-19, and the Vice Principal for Performance at The de Ferrers Academy. I work closely with Vice Principals across the Trust and the Quality of Education team at de Ferrers to improve performance and support best practice across the Trust.

I lead the regular data tracking and reporting to provide timely summaries of performance for parents, students, staff and governors.  My major responsibility is for faculty performance overseeing a review process to hold faculty leaders to account for student outcomes.