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School Leaders

 

Ms Sally Craig

Executive Headteacher

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Corfe Castle Primary School, St Mark's CE Primary School & Wareham St Mary Primary School

 

Mrs Eileen Bissell

Headteacher

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Oakdale Junior School

After gaining a BSc Hons in Architecture and Ergonomics at the University of Aston, Eileen spent five years working in Architecture and Energy Conservation before completing a PGCE at Newman College Birmingham. She has been a teacher for over 30 years having taught across five primary schools in Sandwell, Dudley and Poole. As a very experienced practitioner, Eileen worked in a local authority wide role as a seconded literacy consultant having a significant impact upon raising standards in several schools.

Eileen moved to Oakdale, Poole in 2012 to take on her second headship. During her first year at Oakdale she led the school through the age of transfer, and project managed a major new build for Year 3. In the school’s latest Ofsted inspection, Oakdale moved from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Good’. Throughout her time as a Headteacher Eileen has been passionate about collaboration with other schools. She has long believed that the best challenge and support for a school comes from other schools. Eileen feels privileged to have the post of Headteacher and to be able to be a part of shaping the future of education in our area in a time of significant and rapid change. She is extremely optimistic about the future of the Multi Academy Trust.

 

Mrs Ali Carter

Headteacher

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Courthill Infant School

Ali has been teaching since 1994 and had the privilege of starting her teaching career in the London Borough of Newham. Her first class had 100% children from ethnic minority backgrounds and social deprivation was high. Her years teaching there were her formative years where she was able to grasp a fundamental understanding of how children acquire the English language and also of how deprivation can be a key factor in affecting life chances.

When Ali moved to Poole she taught in Early Years and Key Stage 1 in two different first schools. During which time she extended her leadership responsibilities by taking on roles such as English Leader, Leading Literacy Teacher for the Borough, Assessment Leader and EYFS leader. In 2011 she was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in a large Primary School in Bournemouth, which included leading Inclusion across the school.

In April 2015 Ali returned to Poole as Headteacher of Courthill Infant School.

 

Mrs Christine Chambers

Headteacher

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Lilliput CE Infant School

Christine is the Headteacher at Lilliput C.E. Infant School and has an extensive teaching background spanning nearly 30 years. She has a MA in Educational Studies specialising in coaching and mentoring.

Christine’s subject specialism is music which she has led at Lilliput as well as trained teachers as part of the Poole SCITT course, developing their subject knowledge and pedagogy. More recently she became a member of the British Dyslexia Association, having gained an equivalent Masters in Dyslexia, allowing her to carry out full dyslexic assessments.

She also sits on the board for the Borough’s SEN strategy group, the Poole School’s Forum and the SCITT management board.

 

Mr Julian Churchill

Headteacher

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Heatherlands Primary School

Julian qualified as a teacher in 1996 in South Wales and developed his early career in Bournemouth as a teacher and PE subject leader before moving into middle management with a phase leader role in lower KS2

In 2002 Julian started his career as a senior school leader as a Deputy Head of a Poole First school. During this early period, he supported the school through the age of transfer process establishing the school as a successful local primary school.

Julian has in more recent times supported the successful application for National Support School status (NSS) and has been deployed as an SLE for behaviour across Poole and Dorset.

Julian was a very supportive member of Poole SCITT and sat on its management board for many years. Julian is also a qualified coach and has led coaching and formed networks across a MAT.

Julian is a very committed Head Teacher who retains a standards focus approach to leadership whilst paying close attention to the emotional well-being of staff, children and the broader community. Julian is committed to partnership working in all areas of school life.

 

Mrs Tracey Edwards

Headteacher

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Queen's Park Infant Academy

Tracey has been teaching since 1993, after completing her degree at Warwick University. With a specialism in the Early Years, Tracey began her career in an Infant school in Solihull, West Midlands teaching in Reception. She has continued working and leading across Infant Education since then and believes passionately about high quality early years education for all children. In 1996 Tracey returned to her home county of Dorset and took up a post in a four form Infant School. She was promoted to Year lead and Mathematics Subject lead before then becoming a Leading Maths teacher for Bournemouth LA. Tracey become Deputy Head and SENco/inclusion lead in 2000 and she has been supporting the professional development of colleagues within the field of SEND since then. Tracey took on the role of Headteacher at Queens Park Infant Academy in September 2016.

 

Miss Janine Harries

Headteacher

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Old Town Infant School

Janine has been a teacher since 1998 gaining her first leadership post in St Luke’s Primary School in Bournemouth as an Infant Phase Leader when the school split site due to expansion and a building project. She then became Inclusion Leader and Assistant Head at Sylvan Infant School in Poole and during this time she was seconded to another local school as Deputy Head.

Janine was the Headteacher at Old Town Infant School & Nursery in the centre of Poole from September 2012 until May 2020.

Janine became the Headteacher at Heathlands Primary Academy in May 2020. Janine is passionate about collaboration with other schools and has used a peer to-peer model to ensure success within the school and share best practice.

In 2014-15 Janine led a Poole wide collaborative project on Assessment for Year 2 and Year 6. Additionally, Janine has been a lead moderator for Key Stage 1 for the Local Authority working across several schools evaluating the practice and training staff and moderators. She sits on the Children’s Trust Board in Poole and also works closely with the local Children’s Centre to improve provision for the local community.

Janine is an active member of the Board of the local Teaching School and has a long established link with ITT provisions including SCITT and the local PTSA School Direct programme for EYFS.

 

Mr Nigel Helm

Headteacher

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Longfleet CE Primary School

Nigel has worked in several schools within the Poole and Dorset area since graduating in 1999. He began at Upton Junior School before moving on to Lytchett Matravers Primary School. During his time at Lytchett Matravers he undertook a number of roles including being accredited as an Advanced Skills Teacher in Mathematics and PE.

In 2008 Nigel moved post to become the Deputy Head at Courthill Infant School before taking up his first headship at Upton Infant School. Alongside his six successful years at the school he also supported several other Dorset schools in his role as a School Evaluation Partner for the Local Authority.

Nigel has been headteacher at Longfleet Primary School since September 2016 2016 in which time the number of pupils on roll has grown to 630 and it continues to have a flourishing partnership with St. Mary's Church Longfleet.

 

Mrs Jemma Murray (Acting)

Headteacher

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St Luke's CE Primary School

Jemma started her teaching career at Emmanuel Middle School where she nurtured a passion for English and developing children’s love of reading. She spent 10 years at Lytchett Matravers Primary School, leading various areas including English and Every Child Matters, securing UNICEF’s Rights Respecting award. As Assistant Headteacher, she led Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, early reading and phonics. Jemma has been a Key Stage 1 moderator for both Dorset and Bournemouth local authorities. She was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at St Luke’s Primary in 2018 and has been Acting Headteacher since January. She is passionate about the role of coaching for professional development and, as an accredited coach, enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team of leaders within the Multi Academy Trust, supporting and challenging one another to raise standards for our children.

 

Mr Andy Poole

Headteacher

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St Clement's and St John’s CE Infant School

Andy has a degree in music from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and PGCE from the University of Exeter. Andy has worked in a range of schools across Bournemouth and Dorset and was previously Headteacher of St. James’ CE First School, Alderholt. Educationally, Andy’s interests are Music, Phonics, Behaviour, EAL, RE and he has collaborated with many schools, supporting their work in these areas. He was also a tutor on the Dorset SCITT.

Andy was Chair of the Bournemouth Schools’ Music Association for two extended periods between 2002 & 2018, leading the annual Christmas concerts in Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre for more than 500 pupils each year. Andy is still in demand as a professional musician, he is a member of the Worship Team and PCC based at St. Clement’s Church. An AFCB fan for many years, he is also the Beaver Leader for 5th Bournemouth Scouts.

He has been the Headteacher of St. Clement’s and St. John’s Infant School since September 2015.

 

Mrs Rachel Rusling

Headteacher

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Baden-Powell and St Peter's Church of England Junior School

Rachel has been teaching in Dorset since 1995 having graduated from Exeter University with a BA Ed (Hons) degree, specialising in Humanities. She has extensive experience of teaching at both Key Stages 2 and 3 having spent many years teaching in the middle school sector, as a Head of Year at Sanford Middle School and Assistant and Deputy Head at St. Michael’s Middle School.

In April 2012, Rachel became the Deputy Head of Baden-Powell and St. Peter’s CE Junior School. She played an integral role in the school’s conversion from middle to junior school and was able to draw on her experience of both systems, as well as working in large schools, to help influence and shape Baden-Powell and St. Peter’s CE Junior School into a vibrant community of learning. Appointed to the role of Headteacher in February 2017, Rachel has continued to lead a highly successful school through her inclusive leadership style, underpinned by the positive relationships which exist between all members of the school community. Rachel is Vice Chairperson of Poole’s SCITT Management Board Committee which involves ensuring that trainee teachers are fully equipped with the best training opportunities for a future career in education. She has also provided training for newly qualified teachers employed within the trust.

 

Mr Lawrence Woodward

Headteacher

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Bethany CE Junior School

Lawrence has a degree in Psychology from University of Aberdeen and postgraduate teaching qualification from Oxford Brookes University. Lawrence has worked in both Oxford and Bournemouth through his teaching career and has taught from most ages from Nursery to Year 6. Lawrence has also worked in three of the Trusts schools: St Clement’s and St John’s, Heathlands Primary Academy and Bethany CE Junior School. Throughout his career, Lawrence has been a KS1 moderator, English coordinator and has supported schools with English in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Lawrence has been the Headteacher of Bethany CE Junior School since September 2016, which recently achieved ‘Excellent’ in its latest SIAMS report.

 

Mr Douglas Gubbins

Headteacher

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Old Town Infant School and Nursery

Doug completed his degree in Performing Arts at Winchester University before going on to complete a PGCE through the Borough of Poole SCITT. In 2005 he took up his first teaching post at Broadstone First School, where he taught across a range of year groups from Reception through to Year 4.

During his time at Broadstone First he took on leadership roles for ICT and the Early Years Foundation stage. Doug was also given the exciting opportunity to work with an Educational Consultant on Curriculum Development across the primary years. This allowed him to work with colleagues across neighbouring authorities such as Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

As a result of his work with (a) Early Years and (b) Curriculum Development, Doug was made a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) by the National College of School Leadership in their very first round of recruitment across the country – he then went on to support schools in these two particular areas.

Doug was seconded across to Old Town Infant School in 2012 to provide some leadership support. He worked there on a part-time basis before permanently moving across as Deputy Headteacher in January 2013.

Since being at Old Town, Doug has been responsible for assessment, leading EYFS and all things ‘Inclusion’. In addition to this he has also worked in partnership with Poole SCITT and Poole Teaching School Alliance’s SDITT programme as a School based professional mentor, supporting both newly qualified, and trainee teachers. Doug has also worked as a Local Authority Moderator for EYFS for the past six years. He is passionate about quality CPD and has equally enjoyed teaching the SEN and EYFS modules to Newly Qualified and Early Entry teachers across the Coastal Learning Partnerships NQT+1 course.

Doug is currently working towards obtaining his NPQH qualification and is delighted that his first Headship is in a school he knows so well.

Out of school Doug has been a prominent figure in the amateur dramatic scene, recently retiring as a co-owner of a local production company. He enjoys cinema, fitness, food and quizzes – one of his proudest achievements to date is making it to the final on BBC’s Pointless.

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