Our Key Leaders
Stuart Ayres is headteacher at St. John’s Primary Academy, a position he has held for 24 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 Education Director on 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 headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary Academy, Hednesford. Samantha led the school 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.
I am currently Head of School at St John’s Primary Academy. I have worked in Primary Schools for over fifteen years and for ten of these have held various leadership positions. I have extensive knowledge of School Self Evaluation and School Improvement Planning, including effectively carrying out monitoring visits to other schools, to review their effectiveness and to provide external validation of their judgements.
My experiences and specialisms are varied. They include designing effective systems for assessment and carrying out purposeful analysis of data. I have an in-depth knowledge of end of key stage assessment procedures and a proven track record of raising the attainment of all learners, including increasing the percentages of pupils working at the higher levels.
I have recently been accredited through NCETM as a Mathematics PD Lead and I am a Mathematics Specialist, with a great deal of experience of successfully developing maths provision. Additionally, I have set-up and managed successful Behaviour systems, based on building positivity, self-esteem and the intrinsic motivation of pupils.
I am passionate about Curriculum Development and have led and developed teams of staff to design curriculum’s which are broad and balanced, creative and inspiring. Furthermore, I have a wealth of experience of developing staff at all stages/levels, coordinating effective monitoring and evaluation and designing tailored PD activities which are sustainable and designed to meet identified needs.