Chelmsford Learning Partnership

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership is the name of the academy trust that is responsible for running The Beaulieu Park School (The trust was formerly known as The Boswells Academy Trust up to September 2017). In September 2017, the trust was delighted to be approved as the sponsor for The Beaulieu Park School. The trust is an emerging, local multi academy trust that has, at its heart, a commitment to provide an outstanding education for local children.

The trust is also responsible for The Boswells School in Chelmsford. The following schools are in the final stages of due diligence and are considering joining our family of schools from April 2018: The Tyrrells School, Chelmsford; Perryfields Infant School, Chelmsford; Barnes farm Infant and Junior Schools, Chelmsford; Roding Valley High School, Loughton.

Whilst the trust is responsible for running a number of schools, we believe that each school is autonomous and should have their own individual identity and ethos. In each of our schools, you will find the following:

    • Each school has their own unique ethos, values and approach
    • Each school has a Local Governing Body overseeing the school
    • Each school will have a Headteacher/Head of School with autonomous responsibility for the running of the school
    • Teachers and support staff working with their children
    • A Tailored approach to teaching and learning depending on the needs of each school
    • A Personalised curriculum depending on the needs of the children in the school
    • An Inclusive Admissions policy based upon serving the communities that each school serves

The Members and Trustees of The Chelmsford Learning Partnership are:

Members
Ruth Bird

Ruth has been Chair of Directors at Boswells since academy conversion in 2012 and prior to conversion was chair of the school’s Governing Body. She has also been Chair of three Primary School IEBs assisting with their conversion to Academy status. She is the current Chair of Essex School Governors Association and the current Academy Governor member of Essex Schools Forum. She has a professional background in HMRC working within the HR and Office Procurement sections.

Gillian Box

Gillian is a Human Resources professional with a number of years experience as governor/Director. She has excellent skills for practical problem solving and analysis and significant experience as company director.

Janet Wood

Janet is a highly qualified Chartered Accounant with experience as an accountant in both the private and public sector (NHS). Janet is Currently Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair of NHS Foundation Trust with turnover £220m. She has expertise in accounting, governance, risk management and is used to dealing with complex strategic issues, business planning, business cases, recruitment of executive directors and being accountable to the public for the use of public funds.

Russell Ayling

Russell is a retired secondary school Headteacher and now Lead OFSTED Inspector, trained and leads in primary and secondary schools. Russell has over 30 years experience in education and 15 years at senior leadership level. He also has extensive experience in school improvement work, quality assurance and governance in primary, secondary and special schools.

Trustees
Paul Banks (CEO)

Paul is an experienced HT whose leadership was described in last OFSTED report ‘strong, clear and visionary’. Led one school to be recognised in 2014 by Minister for schools as being in top 90 schools in England with most sustained improvement in GCSE results over previous 3 years. Currently Executive Headteacher at The Boswells School where attainment and progress place the school as one of the highest performing secondary schools in Essex.

Mike Mackrory

Mike has been a trustee/governor for 10 years and a Governor at Springfield Primary School for 15 years, the last 8 years as Chair. Mike is also the County Councillor for the Springfield Division for 10 years and his areas of expertise cover Premises, Personnel, Strategic Planning and Safeguarding Children.

Gerard Brookes

Gerard has been a trustee/governor for 7 years, all on Finance and General Purposes Committee, 3 as chair. Previous experience as treasurer and chair of registered charity. Gerard has professional experience and qualifications in Health and Safety, specifically Legionella control. He is also a company director/owner with management and sales experience including negotiation skills and tender project management.

Leigh Johnson

Leigh is currently a SENCO in a large voluntary aided primary school in Essex. She has extensive experience in the area of special educational needs and student progress. In her role as the trustee with responsibility for how the trust uses the ‘Pupil Premium’ grant, Leigh provides challenge and support in this area through her extensive expertise.

Shelley Jones

Shelley is an experienced governor and current Headteacher of a successful primary school (currently graded as good by OFSTED) in Essex. She brings expertise and capacity to the trust for leadership and management of primary schools.

Nicky Kershaw

Nicky has significant experience in scrutiny and audit in a senior management capacity and brings expertise and capacity to the trust in terms of ensuring effective scrutiny of plans and finances.

Gemma Rogers

Gemma was previously Deputy Global Head, Financial Intelligence Unit for HSBC HOLDINGS PLC. Reporting to the Global Head Security and Fraud Risk and the Global Head of the FIU; accountable for oversight and management of global Client Intelligence teams. Gemma was also an analyst for the Ministry of Defence, UK. Gemma now runs her own business advising companies of risk management.

Ruth Bird

Ruth has been Chair of Directors at Boswells since academy conversion in 2012 and prior to conversion was chair of the school’s Governing Body. She has also been Chair of three Primary School IEBs assisting with their conversion to Academy status. She is the current Chair of Essex School Governors Association and the current Academy Governor member of Essex Schools Forum. She has a professional background in HMRC working within the HR and Office Procurement sections.

Chief Finance Officer
Ruth Sheridan

Ruth has recently joined the trust (April 2017). Ruth has extensive experience in financial management of academies having previously worked for an academy trust in Southend.