Who Are We?
The Corinium Education Trust is an ambitious and growing family of schools committed to improving the learning and life chances of children and young people in Cirencester and the South Cotswolds. The structure of our multi-academy trust is predicated on the principles of collaboration, effective team work and school improvement. This is achieved through our rigorous and on-going self-evaluation which informs our strategic planning.
Our Chief Executive Officer and the other school leaders within The Corinium Education Trust meet fortnightly to discuss overall strategy and review progress. Further one to one meetings take place within each school between Chiquita Henson, CEO, and headteachers. We work together to as critical partners: this ensures we can support and challenge each other, our teams and all members of our MAT community to bring about wider school improvement.
Chiquita was Headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School from 2003 to 2022. She is recognised as a National Leader in Education and trained as an Ofsted inspector in 2014. In 2013-14 she contributed to bringing another secondary school out of special measures. She currently chairs an ‘outstanding’ SCITT, the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership and is also chair of GASH Ltd, the training arm of the Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers. As an experienced Headteacher, Chiquita has been a member of a number of national steering groups, including Applied Learning (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) and the DFE’s Leading Edge Programme.
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Katie initially took up her post in June 2020, one day a week to ease the transition, before assuming the substantive role in September 2020. Katie previously worked at Oliver Tomkins Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools as Deputy Headteacher for ten years and developed her leadership skills as SENCo, Safeguarding Officer, English, and subsequently, whole school Curriculum Lead. Katie is an experienced Key Stage 1 moderator and SENCo Champion. At Oliver Tomkins Schools, Katie was also involved in a SIAMs inspection where the school received an ‘Excellent’ grade. She is also a strong advocate of ‘Achievement for All’. In July 2019, Katie was seconded to another school as an Interim Headteacher for a period of six months. She has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Libby initially took up her post for 2 days a week in April 2022 to ease the transition, before assuming the substantive role in September 2022. Libby previously worked in Worcestershire as Head of School and most recently held a senior post responsible for the Quality of Education at an Alternative Provision School where they recently moved from “Requires Improvement” to “Good” in 2022. A specific area of expertise and interest is in improving teaching and learning and curriculum development and she holds the National SENCo Award having been a SENCo in a previous primary school. She also has extensive experience supporting schools across the region by providing additional leadership capacity and support in school improvement. In 2020, Libby wrote a research paper and recommendations for the local authority to further improve its high needs provision across the county.
Libby is passionate about improving outcomes for all children by increasing life chances, opportunities and aspiration through educational excellence.
Emma initially took up her post in June 2020 to ease the transition before taking up the substantive post in September 2020. Emma was familiar to pupils, parents and staff as she was already employed at the school as a part time teacher. However, prior to relocating to Gloucestershire in 2016, from 2012-2016 Emma held the position of Headteacher at Charlotte Sharman Primary School, a large primary school located in Elephant and Castle, which under her leadership moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. She has actively kept up to date with current educational developments as well as the Ofsted framework.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM
In addition to the leadership of our Chief Executive Officer, Headteachers and other leaders within our schools, The Corinium Education Trust commissions support from a team of external consultants, including experienced practitioners and former HMIs.
We have appointed School Improvement Partners. They work alongside our school leaders. The opportunity to shadow and engage with experienced inspectors provides excellent professional development and has a clear impact.
Rachael works closely with our primary school headteachers, subject leaders and early career teachers. She supports curriculum development, teaching and learning and assessment. Rachael previously worked at a local village school, where she taught across the primary phase and was responsible for leading English. In addition, she helped to shape curriculum design, ensuring consistency and coverage of skills. Before this, she worked at a larger school in Hampshire and was part of the team who achieved ‘Outstanding’ under the new Ofsted framework in 2015. She takes pride in leading by example, sharing excellent practices learnt throughout her years teaching across Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Rachael has been a Key Stage Two Writing Moderator in Gloucestershire. She has an extensive knowledge of writing assessment, after developing interim frameworks in line with the new curriculum in 2014. Before joining The Corinium Education Trust, Rachael ran Writing Moderation sessions across the cluster for local primary schools. Rachael has a Middle Leadership qualification and is currently studying a National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching. She is also Lead Induction Tutor for ECTs and works closely with the local Teaching School Hub.
Dave is an experienced educational practitioner with a wide range of experiences, expertise and interests. He has worked extensively with school leaders, governors, and a range of third sector organisations. He spent three years as Regional Leader for the South West with the National College for School Leadership where he designed and led leadership development programmes and curriculum innovation projects, as well as supporting the development of system leadership models. He has also worked as an independent school improvement consultant with a range of local authorities and multi academy trusts. Dave is passionate about working with emerging and developing subject leaders. He has co-constructed and facilitated successful programmes to build their capacity to lead pedagogical and curriculum change and evaluate the impact of their work. He has experience as an inspector with HMI Estyn in Wales and has recently been accepted to begin training as an inspector with Ofsted.
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The Corinium Education Trust is an active partner in the Schools’ Partnership Programme with other schools in the South Cotswolds. This involves our school leaders in peer reviews as both critical partners and school improvement champions. This has created a culture of openness across our schools, developed leaders’ skills in observation and led to more effective monitoring.
The composition of the Board of Trustees of The Corinium Education Trust brings together people who have the breadth of experience and range of skills relevant to the governance of our multi-academy trust which includes community and church schools. Each school within the Trust has its own local governing body made up of parent representatives and co-opted members who focus on the quality of education, behaviour and personal development in their individual schools.
Martin is the Chair of the Corinium Education Trust. Martin is a retired Headteacher, now working as an educational consultant with a number of organisations focused on school improvement. His last substantive post was as Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne Minster. He has extensive experience of school improvement working as an Associate with Partners in Excellence and a Lead Headteacher Ambassador with the Youth Sport Trust. Martin has worked and governed in a range of schools and academy trusts, as well as gaining trustee experience with Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education. Martin has always been involved in charitable work and is currently Chair of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Martin stays active by walking in the Cotswolds almost every day, swims regularly and is a keen golfer.
Vanella has built a successful career in brands and communications. She has always been passionate about what brands can achieve with great communication. Vanella spent 20 years as a strategic planner in some of the UK’s best advertising agencies, including BBH, AMV/BBDO and JWT. She joined Hall & Partners in 2004 as European CEO, and was later promoted to Global CEO. Vanella successfully grew the company, expanding into new markets internationally and working with some of the world’s most famous brands and companies. Vanella has chaired of the British Market Research Society and founded the MRS Diversity Group, focused on making the industry more inclusive. She is a coach and mentor to young entrepreneurs and has won a UK ‘Woman of the Year’ award for her work helping young people achieve their ambitions.
Martin had a career as a Finance Director for a number of public and private bodies and joined Cirencester Deer Park School as Director of Support in 2003. He then gained extensive experience of the state education sector through leadership of all the support functions within the school for many years. Together with Chiquita Henson, Martin led the process of gaining Foundation status, then Academisation of the school and finally the formation of the Corinium Education Trust. Martin is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Diploma in School Business Management. Martin chaired the Gloucestershire Association of School Business Managers for a number of years and developed a benchmarking process for secondary schools in the county which was acknowledged by the Department for Education. Martin has provided training to many schools and school business managers on finance, governance and assessment data. Martin retired from the post of Director of Finance at the Corinium Education Trust in 2021 after 18 years with Cirencester Deer Park School and the Trust.
Sarah is a senior HR professional with a passion for people management. Her career has spanned the Further Education and Higher Education sectors and she has a background in the NHS. She has achieved success by driving excellence, compliance and managing risk and she has a demonstrable record of developing and implementing people strategies and organisational development. Sarah is the Director of Human Resources at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester and works at a strategic level whilst leading a team to ensure the needs of stakeholders are met to achieve operational efficiency and that staff are recruited and developed to achieve success. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified workplace mediator. For twelve years, she was a listening volunteer with the Samaritans and also undertook a number of management roles at a local and regional level with the Samaritans during this time.
A qualified chartered accountant, Claire has extensive experience in financial risk management, gained during 25 years working in investment banking and insurance, including senior management roles. She also holds a PGCE in secondary teaching and taught mathematics at a local secondary school before assuming the role of School Business Manager, which she held for 5 years, and in which she was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for all non-teaching aspects. Now retired, Claire’s active participation in education continues with her role as a governor of Farmor’s School, Fairford. She has also been a trustee of an educational charity in Cirencester.
Mark has 15 years of experience in marketing, technology and operations across a range of industries including financial services, property and healthcare. Mark is the UK CEO and Global CIO for international technology business Appellon, leading their UK business and the development of their software and IT solutions. Mark and his husband moved to the Cotswolds in 2017 after spending the previous three years working and living in Sydney, Australia. Mark’s career has included supporting and advising both private and public sector organisations including brands such as the NHS, Sydney Olympic Park and Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver. Mark is active in the local arts community as a member of his local community choir, community drama society and a Cheltenham musical theatre group.
Dominic is a chartered accountant, with 15 years’ experience working across both practice and industry. Initially training within the Audit & Assurance practice at PwC in London, he later transitioned to a team specialising in operational restructuring, working predominantly with NHS Trusts across the county to implement operational change and efficiencies. Following the birth of his first child in 2018 he moved out of practice and joined Corin Group, a medical device manufacturer based in Cirencester. Here he leads financial planning and analysis for global operations. As a member of the operations leadership team, he works closely with the Chief Operating Officer and heads of function including manufacturing, supply chain and IT, to develop and implement the company’s strategy going forward. Outside of work Dominic enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, exploring the Cotswolds and surrounding areas.
Martin is a Kings Counsel who until retirement worked as a barrister in the field of town and country planning and environmental law. He was involved in a large number of strategic scale projects running teams of consultants and providing advocacy in public inquiry hearings. He was involved in the presentation of cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Since retirement he has been actively involved as a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, a member of the Gloucester Diocese Bishops Council and Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Group. He is a trustee of Sportily, a Gloucester Diocese sport and mission initiative, and a trustee of the Cotswolds Lakes Trust. He is involved with his local community having organised and promoted through to its final stages the Kemble and Ewen Neighbourhood Development Plan and has been a member of the Kemble School LGB. He is an active member of the church in the village.
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The Corinium Education Trust has four Members. They are responsible for appointing our Trustees and auditors. They receive annual reports from the Trustees and, as our multi-academy trust includes a church school, one member who is a representative of the Diocese of Gloucester, monitors the school’s Christian distinctiveness.
Shirley has lived in Cirencester for since 1978 and been active in local education for a great deal of that time, firstly at Kingshill Secondary School and then at Cirencester Infant School, which subsequently became Cirencester Primary School, she retired as a governor last year. She has also been a local Councillor, served on Cotswold District Council for 8 years and on the Town Council for 16 years, during which time she has been mayor of Cirencester twice, 2001-2003 and 2007-2009. She continues to be involved with a number of trusts and grant giving bodies in the town and is currently chair of the Cirencester Community Development Trust. Shirley is a Soroptimist, and has served as club president and president of the South West and Channel Island region over the last 20 year.
Richard is the third generation of his family which has worked as a solicitor in the town. His connections with Cirencester are extensive and deep, both as a result of having lived in the town all his life, but also as a result of his thirty year career, working mainly on local trust and charity matters. He has involvement with (and responsibility for) many of the local charities and trusts, not least the Powell’s Education Foundation, which is the most significant education charity in the town. He is also active in promoting collaboration between charities in the town, with a recent notable success being the organisation in 2014 of a local charity-conference.
Robert studied business, then theology at Lincoln Theological College and Kings College London. Ordained in 1989 he served curacies in Colchester then in Basildon before being appointed Priest in Charge of South Ockendon and Belhus Park then Rector of Wanstead. In 2010 he moved to Gloucestershire to be Archdeacon of Cheltenham. Throughout his ministry Robert has remained committed to the Church’s engagement with wider society, particularly through its work with schools: He is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and a trustee of All Saints Academy in Cheltenham. He is committed to deepening understanding with the wider Anglican communion, developing a partnership between Wanstead and the Church in Northern Uganda and playing a leading role in Gloucester’s three way partnership with the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania and the Diocese of El Camino Real in California.
Our Patron is an advocate for the The Corinium Education Trust and its core values. Our Patron will help us monitor progress and celebrate the achievements of our children and young people.
Dame Fiona Reynolds
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE was Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 2012 until 2021. She came to the college from the National Trust, where she was Director-General from 2001-2012. During her time there, she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside. Before the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87. She has an MA and MPhil from Cambridge University in Geography and Land Economy.
Fiona now holds a number of non-Executive roles. She is Chair of the National Audit Office, the Council of the Royal Agricultural University, the International National Trusts Organisation, the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden and its Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, the Green Alliance and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. Her book The Fight for Beauty was published in 2016. Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and DBE in 2008.