Stuart Ayres was the former headteacher at St. John’s Primary Academy, a position he has held for 25 years. Under his Leadership the school has experienced a sustained period of success and has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for the last 13 years. Stuart has also worked as a Consultant Headteacher for the Local Authority supporting a number of settings and spent 2 years as Executive Headteacher leading both his own and another large primary school.
Stuart is CEO of the Trust Board and is now fully involved in developing the growth of the Trust in a considered and careful manner.
Stuart believes in a simplistic approach to school improvement built upon a firm foundation of school identity and team work.
Stuart has extensive experience of delivering National Professional Qualification Courses and is currently involved in designing and delivery of core modules of the NPQH with Wolverhampton University.
Genevieve Parsons is headteacher at Gentleshaw Primary Academy. Genevieve took on this role when Gentleshaw went into special measures and has led the school through considerable change and improvement, as well as the conversion to become an academy.
During her career, Genevieve has worked at all levels as a manager and leader, in large and small primary settings. In addition to developing school curriculums; ensuring monitoring is rigorous and effective and addressing school improvement at a rapid pace; Genevieve has also worked to support schools to improve their whole school English teaching and outcomes.
Genevieve believes that schools should embed a love of learning amongst their pupils; resulting in children becoming inquisitive, self-motivated and confident learners with high aspirations. This is achieved through clear direction and collaboration, focusing upon every child’s emotional and academic needs.
Samantha Price is the former headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary Academy, Hednesford and is now the current headteacher at St John’s Primary Academy. Samantha led St Peter’s on their journey out of special measures after taking up her current post and expertly managing change to secure rapid and sustainable improvement.
In her long teaching career, Samantha has held a range of leadership and management positions, and was responsible for the development of the English curriculum in an Outstanding primary School. As a lead English teacher and Basic Skills Quality Mark assessor, Samantha has provided external reviews of teaching and learning for schools, as well as supporting schools to improve their outcomes for pupils. She has significant knowledge of the Early Years and recognises the importance of excellent provision for the youngest learners.
As a highly experienced school leader Samantha believes that schools should provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, where all learners can succeed.
Marie Smith is headteacher of Etching Hill Primary Academy. Marie is a passionate leader and educator and strongly believes that children should be at the heart of every decision made.
During her time as headteacher, Marie has sought to ensure that Etching Hill is a ‘happy’ school, at the heart of the community, whilst continuing her commitment of ensuring that Etching Hill is an inspirational place to work and learn. Marie is committed to high quality professional development and coaching for staff and as a result, she has successfully led the school through substantial improvement.
After a number of years teaching across the primary phase in schools in challenging circumstances, it was her role as a Leading Maths teacher for Staffordshire and involvement in Initial Teacher Training that inspired her to take the step into school leadership.
Through her role as Local Authority School Improvement Associate, Marie has extensive experience in school improvement and has been highly pro-active in supporting schools in moving from requiring improvement to being judged good or better.