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.
Chief Executive Officer
Chiquita has been Trust Lead (CEO) since 2018, initially combining this post with her substantive role as Headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School until September 2022 when she moved into the executive position fulltime. With over 30 years of experience as a school leader, including 19 years as a Headteacher, Chiquita remains deeply committed to education and working collaboratively in the best interests of children, young people and school staff. She has a strong understanding of education developments and wealth of expertise relevant to trust development and school improvement. She is currently a member of the Schools’ Forum and the Gloucestershire Education Forum. She is also involved in regional academy trust networks. Until July 2023, Chiquita was the long serving Chair of the Partnership Board of the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP) which secured a second ‘outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted in May 2023. Chiquita has been recognised as a National Leader in Education and trained as an Ofsted inspector. Since the early 2000s Chiquita has been a member of national steering groups, including Applied Learning (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) and the DFE’s Leading Edge programme.
Emma is a very experienced primary school headteacher. She currently supports other headteachers across the Trust and is committed to sharing good practice and working in partnership to find solutions to the challenges faced by all schools. Emma was appointed to the post of Headteacher at Kemble Primary School in September 2020, having previously joined the school as a part time teacher. Before relocating to the Cotswolds in 2016, Emma held the position of Headteacher at a large primary school located in London which under her leadership moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. Her teaching experience has been throughout the primary age range, but the Early Years Foundation Stage is her particular area of expertise. Emma believes passionately in preparing children for the next stage of their education, using a strong knowledge-rich curriculum, and in developing confident and responsible citizens for the future. She actively keeps up to date with current educational research and developments, as well as the Ofsted framework.
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.
Having initially joined the Trust in 2019, first as an education consultant and then as a temporary school leader, Richard was appointed to the post of Headteacher in September 2022 and successfully steered Cirencester Deer Park School through an Ofsted Inspection in January 2023. Richard is a very experienced school leader having previously been a Headteacher and Senior Principal in two multi-academy trusts. Richard has taught and held posts of responsibility in six schools. He began his career as a teacher of Religious Education in 1996 in a large comprehensive in Surrey and since 2005 he has worked in, or supported, schools across the South West and the Midlands. As an education consultant, Richard has supported school leadership teams, led school improvement and contributed to staff development through coaching and mentoring. Currently, Richard actively contributes to ResearchED having presented at Birmingham, Berkshire and the National Conference.
Louise joined the Trust in September 2023. She is actively engaging in sessions led by the Diocese of Gloucester. This is helping her understand leadership of a Church school and the new SIAMs inspection framework. Louise is currently undertaking her NPQH with The Institute of Education in London where she originally trained to teach and completed her PGCE. Louise started her teaching career in Hackney in 2005 before moving to an ‘Outstanding’ school in Wimbledon in 2007. Here, Louise gained experience in subject and whole school leadership, mentoring trainee teachers and school governance. In 2015, Louise moved to a school in Roehampton where she contributed to school improvement and created a bespoke curriculum. As Assistant Headteacher, Louise helped lead this school move from ‘Requires improvement’ to ‘Good’ in 2017. Having moved to Gloucestershire in 2017, Louise taught at Stroud Valley Community School where she led English and played a key role in the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection. She also effectively implemented a new phonics’ scheme which led to improved outcomes.
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.
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.