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Headteachers

Heads. Hearts. Minds.

To be a headteacher is to take on one of the most demanding leadership roles in the modern world today. The depth of knowledge, weight of experience and sheer breadth of skills required is simply enormous and, if truth be told, not for everybody. Luckily, the rewards, pride and satisfaction that come from shaping, guiding and transforming the lives of young people are correspondingly immense. It is a career path like no other. And at Primary First, we specialise in creating the conditions where visionary, creative and driven headteachers can thrive. Our heads take full responsibility for every aspect of their school. In return, the Trust grants them maximum freedom to pursue their vision in a culture that supports and challenges them to achieve the very highest standards for pupils, staff and the broader school community.

 

Louise Shields

Barnehurst

Louise became a teacher in 1999 fulfilling her childhood ambition.  During her career, she has had the privilege to teach children from nursery through to Year 6 and believes teaching is the best job in the world!  During this time, she has taken various leadership roles and became the Headteacher of the Barnehurst Federation of Schools in January 2019.

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Charlotte Aldham-Breary

Cuxton

Charlotte has recently become the Acting Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools, having previously been in the post of Deputy Head Teacher. During this time, Charlotte was part of a highly effective Leadership Team, which worked with drive and resilience to improve the school from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good with Outstanding features in Leadership and Management and Behaviour’, under the Ofsted Framework.

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Ann-Marie Bolton

Lessness Heath

Ann-Marie is immensely proud to be Headteacher of Lessness Heath Primary School as she believes it is a wonderful place, full of excitement, vibrancy and enthusiasm. She began her teaching career in 2004 and in this time has had the opportunity to teach children across all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. She first joined Lessness Heath as an Assistant Head in 2016 and was appointed as Headteacher in October 2020.

She strives to provide a safe, happy and caring environment where pupils are given every opportunity to develop both academically and personally, achieving their full potential and finding their own way to shine. She encourages and inspires creativity, making each day in school count by providing meaningful experiences so that learning is enjoyable, purposeful and memorable. She believes that every child’s experience of school should be magical and she knows only too well how special and unique every single child is.

Ann-Marie cannot express just how highly she values working in partnership with families. She strongly believes that this positive relationship plays a vital role in children becoming the very best that they can be.

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Rachael Flaherty

Mayplace Primary

Rachel is incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of Mayplace Primary.

Rachel strongly believes that teachers have a moral responsibility to ensure that the education, provided is the best that it can be. The teaching and learning should be bespoke to a particular cohort or even an individual pupil if that is required.

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Wayne Clayton

Springhead Park

Wayne has been in education for 16 years and in that time and feels that shaping children’s learning and their ability to flourish in today’s world is the most important professional duty he has.

He strongly believes that in the classroom, helping each child to achieve in many different areas has provides a great sense of achievement, and as a Headteacher it now runs through the ethos to ensure that the staff at Springhead Park Primary can do the same for all of their pupils.

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Monique Harlin

Wainscott

Monique has been in the Education sector for 21 years, working in Ireland and England. In addition to this Monique has worked in customer service management and recruitment. Throughout her time as a teacher she has worked in schools with specialist provisions for children with social, communication and language needs and behavioural needs and has a passion for this area of children’s development.

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Tim Williams

Wayfield

Tim Williams is currently the Head Teacher of Wayfield Primary School. He has previously taught in both Key Stage 1 & 2 in Medway and Bradford. Tim has always been passionate about sport, maths and assessment. These are areas that he has led across a number of schools. Tim is driven to improve the number of children participating in sport and music and to be underpinned with core values of lifelong learning, resilience, team, joy and adventure. Tim is particularly interested in behaviour and sets high standards for pupils and staff to ensure the best outcomes for children.

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Mags Sexton

Westcourt

Mags is the headteacher of Westcourt Primary and Nursery School and is driven by the belief that all children need to be given the same opportunity to learn and succeed. As the leader of a school in a challenging area it is imperative that pupils have consistency and routine in school. This allows them to learn and ensures that they feel safe and secure within the school environment.

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People

We have very talented people who work at The Primary First Trust. We'd love to hear from you.

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Strategic Plan

The Primary First has a clear vision for its schools and an overall Strategic Plan that provides strong direction and intense focus.

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Governance

Our approach to governance is straightforward. Our Governors give us so much - invaluable experience, relatable professional expertise and time.

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Key Documents

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Vision and Values

The Primary First Trust. Visionary leaders in Primary Education.

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About Us

Welcome to Primary First, a Trust that truly celebrates and nurtures the diversity and distinctiveness of its partner schools.

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Portfolio

We believe in the power of culture to drive performance. Get the culture right and the work tends to take care of itself.

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Portfolio

We believe in the power of culture to drive performance. Get the culture right and the work tends to take care of itself.

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School Development

Whole School. Whole Child.

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Leadership

Our innovative approach to education leadership is rooted in a simple belief: We grow stronger by working together. We are a schools Group - and not just a group of schools.

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Why choose Primary First?

The Primary First Trust holds itself and its primary-based learning solutions to the highest of standards. We work directly with schools to implement our mutually supportive framework.

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Primary First Education

At Primary First, it's a non-negotiable that for a school to become truly successful in the community they serve, they must retain, enhance and develop their own unique character and ethos.

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IT

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Wellbeing

With the wellbeing and IT specialisms of our schools both nationally and internationally recognised, we are proud to offer a range of consultancy services to schools and trusts beyond Primary First.

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CPD

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Performance

We have an excellent track record of developing and improving primary schools. Since joining us and becoming academies, all our schools have attained the ofsted rating of 'Good with Outstanding Features', or above.

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Education

No Tablets of Stone, Freedom to Grow.

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Education

At The Primary First, a school will be successful in the community they serve, they must retain, enhance, and develop their own unique character and ethos.

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How to Join Us

To the Next Level. And Beyond

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How to Join Primary First

Joining a Multi-Academy Trust can seen a big step. Dauting even. It needn't be. Our role is to make the process simple, clear and transparent.

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Why Choose Us?

The Primary First Trust holds itself and it's primary-based learning solutions to the highest of standards.

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Headteachers

To be a Headteacher is to take on one of the most demanding leadership roles in the modern world today.

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Associates

The Primary First Trust identifies talented practitioners, known as Associates, to share best practice across the Trust.

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Teachers

Education is simply unrivalled as a force for good in the social, emotional, cultural and economic health of a nation.

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Development

Whole School. Whole Child.

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If you have any questions, we'd be delighted to help. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Vision and Ethos

Happy Culture. Great Results

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Partners

Getting Stronger Together.

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Values

Shared Values. It's how we work.

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Trustees

Quality. Assurance & Accountability.

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Wellbeing in Education

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