About Us

Central Education Team

Sian Hampton – Chief Executive Officer 

Sian has over 25 years’ experience working in schools in the East Midlands region.  Sian has been active in school leadership for over 15 years and is a designated National Leader of Education. Sian has overseen the development of the Trust from one school to six including opening a new primary school and a SCITT. In less than three years the sponsored school in the Multi Academy Trust has moved from Special Measures to Good and there are plans for two free schools and more primary schools to join this growing MAT.

Lisa Harrison – Director of Teaching & Learning

Lisa oversees the implementation strategy for the Trust. Lisa joined Bluecoat Academy in 2003, with a subject background of ICT and Business Studies. She has led a Faculty showing rapid improvements in outcomes. In addition she is an accredited Advanced Skills Teacher.  Lisa is a Senior Leader of Education and has been closely involved in Initial Teacher Training projects, including the initial start-up of the SCITT. Lisa has sat on national advisory boards.  Lisa is passionate about improving teaching and learning and has worked on several projects including the creation of an innovative CPD programme and looking at robust measures to improve teaching and learning. She has experience in setting up peer coaching programmes and collaborative learning partnerships.

Geraldine McCauley – English

Geraldine was appointed as the MAT wide lead for English in September 2018. She is an experienced English specialist, whose vast range of experience includes working as an OFSTED Team Inspector and as an advisor for National Strategies. Having led and managed five English departments and holding a number of roles on SLT, Geraldine is using her experience to further support improvements in English across the MAT. Geraldine’s responsibilities include improving standards in literacy, and she is exploring strategies to support the acquisition of academic vocabulary; a challenge in light of the new GCSE Curriculum. Geraldine is passionate about the craft of writing and has explored strategies to develop the art of story- telling and enhance the standards in writing. She is  keen to ensure that all students are provided with opportunities to develop their enthusiasm and passion for reading and writing through working with a  variety of practitioners and she is a keen advocate of using active learning strategies to enhance students’ experience of both Language and Literature.  In addition  to her MAT work , Geraldine  is an SLE and  through her work with other practitioners and  MATS ,she is keen to share  the best examples in pedagogy and  practice and  enhance the  English provision within the Archway Learning Trust.

Laura Hart – Science

Laura joined Bluecoat Academy in 2011 and since September 2018 has been the Strategic Lead for Science across the MAT. Laura has successfully led a large department through specification changes at KS4 and KS5 and has worked to develop collaborative practice across the Trust. Laura keeps up to date with the latest research on Science teaching and is always keen to share innovative ideas and pedagogical approaches with all colleagues to further  impact on classroom practice. Laura is responsible for Science across the Trust and effectively supports a number of staff in their various roles; she has a wealth of experience in coaching and mentoring, which is used to  promote classroom excellence. Laura is keen to promote and further develop innovative practice and partnerships across all the Science departments within the Trust to guarantee the best outcomes for all students. In addition to the strategic work across the Archway Trust,  Laura is a Specialist Leader in Education  and provides support to other departments  and schools across Nottingham and beyond.

Rick Back – SEN

Rick has over 27 years’ experience supporting families with children with special educational needs in the secondary mainstream setting. He has a wide-ranging local, national and international experience and perspective on the field of special education. He gained a Master’s in Special Education from Leicester University. Rick is responsible for SEN provision across all the academies within the Trust, which includes strategic direction and development, teaching and learning and maintaining high quality outcomes for our SEN students. His expertise in SEN co-ordination has been demonstrated by positive feedback from teaching staff, fellow professionals, Ofsted, parents and students themselves. He has a strong practical background working in schools across Nottingham. He loves being in the classroom and seeing students explore and excel. He has extensive experience of developing effective systems of support across schools and developing specialist knowledge and provision. He has developed extensive links within education and special needs agencies across Nottingham and is regularly invited to meet with groups to offer advice and support at policy level. His work in schools has been the focus of articles in ‘Special Children Magazine’ and he has delivered training at the SSAT 2014 Achievement Show in London around meeting the needs of ASD students in the secondary environment. Rick continues to work closely with research projects based at the universities of Nottingham. He has been a member of NASEN for over 20 years.

Cherry Pearce – EAL

Cherry has worked at Bluecoat Academy since January 2002. She is a full-time English teacher across Key Stages 3-5 and is Subject Leader for A Level English Literature. Cherry is the Trust’s EAL Co-ordinator and within this role she has developed a whole staff approach to improving the progress and attainment of students who have English as an additional language. Cherry and her team continue to build on EAL teaching and learning provision, personalised intervention and professional development. This approach has led to improved outcomes for all EAL learners across the Trust. Cherry has a track record of providing outstanding facilities for young people who have English as an additional language. She has a passion for teaching and enjoys working with the diverse range of young people within the Trust as well as its dedicated staff.

Carl Elder – Director of Education

Carl oversees the curriculum intent strategy for the Trust. Carl assumed the new role as Director of Education in September 2019 having previously been the Principal of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Carl led Beechdale through their first Ofsted inspection in February 2017 when a ‘Good’ overall judgement was achieved.   Before Carl’s was a Principal he worked across the MAT as a Vice Principal responsible for Attainment and Progress. In this role, Carl led changes to the curriculum to prepare for changing accountability measures.  Preceding this Carl held the role of Director of Learning for Maths and ICT at Bluecoat Academy and oversaw impressive and sustained improvements in the outcomes of students at GCSE and A’ Level. Through these roles, Carl has demonstrated his ability to lead a range of teams to raise standards.

Vicky Merrick – Data 

Vicky oversees the impact strategy for the Trust.  Vicky joined Bluecoat Academy in 2003 as an Arts specialist and quickly moved into subject, faculty  and school leadership of progress and outcomes, working with teachers, leaders and support staff to secure rapid and sustained improvement at subject and academy level.  Vicky assumed her new trust position in September 2018 to develop and implement Archway’s bespoke “Common Assessment Framework (CAF)”, built on a commitment to cross-trust collaboration and reducing workload previously associated with assessment, marking and data input. Her work is widely recognised by leading educationalists and industry specialists; she speaks frequently at national conferences and hosts trust forums where expertise and best practice is shared and innovative approaches to assessment of the ‘whole child’ is debated.  Vicky’s partnership work with Go4Schools (Hub School status) and GL Assessment (Centre of Assessment Excellence) goes as far as trialing and testing new platforms and working with software developers to communicate the growing and changing needs of multi academy trusts and boards of trustees.

Louise Elder – Mathematics

Louise has worked within secondary and primary mathematics education for over 15 years. She is an accredited NCETM professional development lead and a secondary mastery specialist. Through collaborating with local Math Hubs, Louise has written comprehensive schemes of learning and developed accompanying lesson resources for the new curriculum. Louise has worked with a number of exam boards and has written a range of assessment materials. She is well-researched in assessment design and effectively uses this knowledge to create common assessments, which have been implemented across the MAT. Louise has a successful track record of improving the teaching, learning and attainment of mathematics departments and as a strategic lead within the MAT is currently working with   subject leads to raise the standards and secure the outcomes for all students of mathematics across the Trust.

Victoria Raynor – Safeguarding

Victoria joined the Trust in 2014, having worked in schools across the city since 2003, primarily in the strategic and operational management of Safeguarding, Welfare and Attendance. She is one of Nottingham City’s Advanced Designated Safeguarding Leads (ADSLs), working with colleagues across the city to support Safeguarding in Schools. Victoria’s specialisms include compliancy in the areas of procedure and policy, embedding a Culture of Vigilance through training, curriculum and interagency working. Her qualifications include National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance, Managing Families with Multiple and Complex Needs as well as the statutory certification for Safeguarding Leads. Victoria is passionate about supporting families and keeping children safe.  Vic believes that robust and clear policy and procedure is the vehicle to achieve this in every school.

Lee Miveld – Alternative Provision

Lee joined us in 2015, bringing a wealth of experience in the leadership of behaviour and support within mainstream and alternative education. After working within behaviour teams across inner-city Leicester, Lee became a senior leader in an independent alternative behaviour provision for pupils diagnosed with ADHD. Lee is an expert in creating effective techniques and practices in order to get the very best outcome from hard to reach pupils.  Lee has a track record of being a Senior Behaviour Manager in Leicester, overseeing the pastoral structure of an all-through academy. During this period Lee oversaw and implemented the change and leadership across three key stages improving staffing, whole school support, rewards and sanctions alongside the introduction of the school’s in-house alternative curriculum unit. While Lee held this the post the school’s Ofsted judgement in behaviour and safety improved from Inadequate to Good. Lee’s core beliefs are that every student deserves the very best opportunity to have an education that suits their individual needs. Lee believes that understanding students’ needs, having high expectations and nurturing staff leadership in all areas, is key to success. Lee works across the Trust to build and maintain a successful inclusive approach to students’ education.

Martha Toogood – Arts Enrichment & Enhancement Coordinator

Martha Toogood joined the Archway Learning Trust in September 2018 and supports arts education across all the academies in the Trust. She has always believed that being able to express your ideas, especially in artistic and creative ways makes you happier and prepares you for life during and after school.

Martha taught in Nottingham schools as an English teacher and Head of Drama, a GSCE examiner and a trainer and validator for Arts Council England; she has worked in strategic arts education roles in the East Midlands working closely with primary, secondary and special schools, teaching schools and  University schools of education to enhance engagement and access to arts education. She works for Archway Learning Trust 2 days a week, leads staff CPD and INSETs, manages Nottingham’s Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Schools programme and leads arts networks and projects for the Nottingham Schools Trust. Martha has directed a number of youth productions that have been performed at the Edinburgh Festival, internationally, at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and The Swan Theatre Stratford. She is Chair of trustees for Red Earth Theatre Company and a trustee of Flying High Expressive Arts Company.

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