School leaders

Joanne Alexander

Head teacher, Nethersole CE Primary Academy

Jo became Head teacher at Nethersole Academy in June 2019.  Prior to this, Jo was Deputy Head at St George’s, Edgbaston from September 2018.

Shirley Atkar

Headteacher, St George's CE Primary Academy, Edgbaston

Shirley is the Head teacher at St Georges Church of England Primary School, Edgbaston.
Shirley has passionately worked for the Church of England from newly qualified teacher to her appointment as Head Teacher of St Georges Church of England Primary School, Edgbaston in January 2013.
Shirley’s love and aspirations for the pupils, staff, families and the wider school community are at the heart of all she strives to do.

Jane Bruten

Head teacher at Quinton Church Primary School

Jane became Head Teacher at Quinton Church Primary School in January 2019 having been part of the Barchelai Multi Academy Trust for the past 4 years.
The education of the whole child through opportunities to enrich their lives in activities that broaden and deepen learning is at the heart of Jane’s philosophy for education. Encompassing the Christian values that are key to Quinton alongside welcoming the children of the community into a caring, secure and safe environment is a priority for Jane in her headship at Quinton Church Primary School.

Paula Burns

Head teacher, Holy Trinity CE Primary School

Paula became Headteacher at Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy in September 2015. Prior to this, Paula spent 15 years teaching at schools in Sandwell. 

Anita Delaney

Head teacher, St. Margaret's CE Primary School

Anita became head teacher at St Margaret’s CE Primary School in September 2018. Prior to this, Anita has been teaching for 24 years, spending most of her teaching career in Solihull.

Matthew Edwards

Headteacher, Coleshill CE Primary School

Matthew returned to his roots when he was appointed Head Teacher of Coleshill C of E Primary School in April 2018, having previously spent his teaching career in Staffordshire.

David Grist

Headteacher, St George's CE Primary Academy, Newtown

David became Headteacher of St George’s Newtown on 30th October 2017. Prior to that he was Headteacher at Fairway Primary Academy in Kings Norton, part of the Education Central family of academies. He has been a teacher and school leader since 1991 and has worked in a number of schools across Birmingham and Sandwell.

James Hill

Executive Head Teacher (seconded), St George's CE Primary Academy, Newtown

James is the Executive Headteacher at St George’s CE Primary Academy, Newtown and is also Headteacher at The Oaks Primary School, Brimingham.

Melanie Johnson

Acting Head of School, St Michael's, Handsworth

Melanie became Acting Head teacher of St Michael’s CE Primary Academy in June 2019.

Paul Marnell

Head teacher, St Michael's CE Primary School

Paul became the Headteacher of St Michael’s on the 1st January 2019, at the same time that St Michael’s CE Primary School and the other Barchelai Schools joined the Birmingham Diocese Multi Academy Trust

Sally-Ann Roberts

Head teacher, Nonsuch Primary Academy, Woodgate Valley

Sally has worked at Nonsuch Primary School for the last sixteen years and has been the Head Teacher since January 2019.
Sally strongly believes that a quality education gives children both choices and life chances. This belief is at the heart of everything she does.

Devina Shryane

Headteacher, St Clement's CE Primary Academy

I have developed and grown in my passion for teaching, guiding and supporting children, staff and families during my 16 years at St Clement’s CE Academy. There was a period during this time when I worked at a very different type of school, but quickly realised that working within a Church of England inner city school was where I felt most effective.

Sam Smith

Sam became Head of School at Hawkesley Church Primary Academy in January 2019.

Vicki Sumner

Executive Head Teacher (seconded), Hawkesley Church Primary Academy

Vicki Sumner is Executive Head Teacher at Hawkesley Church Primary Academy and is also Head Teacher at Moseley CE Primary.

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