School leaders

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.

Rachel Sale

Headteacher, St Michael's CE Primary Academy

Rachel has enjoyed being a teacher and leader in Birmingham all of her teaching life. She joined St Michael’s in September 2017 after meeting the wonderful pupils and staff at the school and being inspired to join them in order to help build a school to make a difference in their community.

Shirley Atkar

Headteacher, St George's CE Primary Academy, Edgbaston

Shirley has passionately worked for the Church of England from newly qualified teacher to her current 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.

Derek Higgins

Headteacher, Hawkesley Church Primary Academy

Derek has had a long association with Hawkesley. He lived on the estate for a number of years and his son and daughter attended Hawkesley Infant and Nursery School. It was during that time that he volunteered to work in the junior school. This gave him a real thirst to become a teacher.

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.

Denise Gardner

Headteacher, Nethersole CE Primary Academy

Denise is delighted to be the Headteacher of The Nethersole Academy. She joined the academy in 2013 and became a part of the leadership team in September 2015. From the moment she visited the school, she was struck by the history and setting at Nethersole and once she had met the children she knew that she wanted to be an important person in their lives, helping to shape their day to day experiences and learning. Denise has really enjoyed teaching at Nethersole and feels it is a great honour to now be leading the school as the Headteacher.

Devina Shryane

Acting 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.

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