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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, Academy Head at Helmingham Primary School

Bernie has been substantive Head Teacher at Helmingham Primary School for a number of years and is delighted to have joined the Trust as Academy Head on the 1st March 2019.



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) supporting the development and training of new Teachers under the Trust's Training & SKills Partnership.


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 after many years of being a Deputy Head and SENDCo.




Caroline Rankin, Academy Head at Winterton Primary School

Caroline has been appointed as Academy Head at Winterton Primary School and is very much looking forward to working with the community and staff to continue improvements and developments at the School.  


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