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Academy Heads

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust recognises that small schools are challenged in the current political climate as funding deminishes and the cost of services increases. The Trust has therefore established a model of offering local governing bodies the opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of an Academy Head, who support the senior staff and local governing body with strategic direction and vision for their schools, whilst developing senior leadership roles to manage their schools on a day to day basis.  

As part of the Trust's growth and development plan, we have appointed the following Academy Head's across the Trust to offer a wealth of experience, knowledge and support across their hubs.

Gail Jerman - Yox Valley Partnership

Gail is Academy Head for Yoxford & Peasenhall Primary, Middleton Primary and Southwold Primary Schools in Suffolk.   Prior to this she had worked at St Edmund's Primary School, Hoxne for nearly 19 years, starting as a Newly Qualified Teacher and working up to Academy Head, before moving across to Yox Valley in April 2017.

Clare Williams - Borders Partnership

Clare is Academy Head for Glebeland  Primary School in Norfolk and Barnby & North Cove Primary School  a few   miles away over the Suffolk border.




Susie Collins, Waveney Valley Partnership

Susie is Academy Head for the Waveney Valley Partnership which includes Mendham  Primary School,  and St. Edmund's Primary School at Hoxne.

Susie will be on Maternity Leave from the 1st October and we wish her all the very best and look forward to her return in 2019.

Neil Baldwin (Interim Academy Head), Waveney Valley Partnership

We welcome Neil Baldwin as Interim Academy Head at WVPS whilst Susie Collins on on Maternity Leave.  Neil has a wealth of experience supporting schools as an Interim Head and is looking forward to working at Waveney Valley in Susie's absence.



Bernie Cleland, Head Teacher at Helmingham Primary School

Bernie has been substantive Head Teacher at Helmingham Primary School for a number of years and is looking forward to the transition  to becoming an academy school with the Trust in Autumn 2018.


Debbie Thomas, Rendlesham Primary School

Debbie is Academy Head at Rendlesham Primary School, and is leading on the Trust's Initial Teacher Training programme (ITT).





Steph Hawes, Henley Primary School

Steph has been Academy Head at Henley Primary School since June 2018.  This is her first appointment as a head teacher after many years of being a Deputy Head and SENDCo.



Martin White, Head Teacher at Winterton Primary School

Martin has been Interim Head Teacher at Winterton Primary School since the latter part of 2017, supporting the school as part of its Interim Executive Board. Martin is delighted that the school's future is now secure with the Trust and will be joining Consortium late 2018, early 2019.

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