(CEO. Executive Headteacher Stradbroke, All Saints Laxfield and Great Whelnetham)
Melanie started teaching in 2002 after completing a degree in English Literature and Philosophy, and her PGCE. She is in her tenth year of Headteaching and has a sustained, highly successful track record of school improvement. As an LLE she has worked with vulnerable schools supporting system leadership.
She has a long held interest in special Educational Needs and has a Masters Degree in Special Needs/ Inclusive Education.
Melanie has acted as an Ambassador for Headship for the National College of School Leadership and has recently been designated as a National Leader of Education.
The federation of schools that Melanie is Executive Headteacher of are Strategic Partners for Primary East Teaching School Alliance. Stradbroke Primary is also an NCTL Designated Support school. Melanie has a particular interest in Initial Teacher Training and leads in this area for Primary East. Stradbroke Primary is a lead school for the School Direct salaried Programme.
(Deputy CEO. Executive Headteacher Dennington, Charsfield and Occold)
Paul started teaching in Norfolk primary schools in 1998 following a previous career as a Marine Biologist. He is currently the Executive Headteacher of Occold, Charsfield and Dennington Primary Schools. Prior to taking up school leadership he held the post of Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of East Anglia for seven years where he was involved in both educational research and teacher training. Paul’s particular interests include Primary STEM subjects and curriculum design and he has supported schools in these areas through his role as a LLE.
(Headteacher St Peter and St Paul, Eye)
Steven started teaching in 2009 after a career in financial services, media and local government, working at a senior management level. He has worked in contrasting school settings and has lead sustained improvement in outcomes for children both as a teacher and leader. His last school was in the top 5% of schools nationally for attainment in reading.
He has a special interest in involving the community in school learning. Working with children, parents and the wider community he has been involved in raising funds to set-up two outstanding libraries, the last supported by the then Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. He also pioneered a hugely popular community 'pop-up' museum with exhibits from the village and wider area.
In March 2018, as Deputy Headteacher, Steven led his prior school to a Good Ofsted rating, where leadership was described by the inspector as, 'highly effective'.
Mark is currently the Headteacher of Fressingfield Primary School and has been a teacher for 21 years. His career started in a multicultural East London secondary school before moving to Suffolk.
He has worked in both mainstream and special schools, and have has a headteacher since 2011. Since joining Fressingfield Primary he has led the school from Requires Improvement to Good in 2017.
During his career he has also served as a school governor in a primary school for four years.
Claire qualified in 1998 and has taught in London and in the North of Ireland. She has been based in Suffolk for the last six years and is currently the Head teacher at Wortham Primary School.
Claire is a Core Partner lead with the Primary East teaching school Alliance and she is passionate about school to school support. She has a proven track record of supporting and assisting schools from requires improvement Ofsted categories to Good. Claire is a qualified SLE trainer and hugely supports growing leaders within school structures to ensure that every child receives the best possible education that they are entitled to.
(Chief Finance Officer)
Karen holds a business degree with finance/accountancy specialisation and previously worked as an analyst in UK and international corporate banking for over 10 years. More recently, her finance skills were transferred to run her own business alongside working in the education sector as a primary school bursar. Being a parent and living locally to all the ASST schools has given Karen has a good knowledge of how important rural village schools are.
Karen has also been a Governor for several years at the All Saints Church Schools Federation (All Saints Laxfield and Stradbroke Church of England Primary Schools).