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Mrs Claire Maclean  Executive Principal/CEO

Tudor Grange Academies Trust is a family of academies with a shared ethos, common values and collective goals. We are working together in a model of meaningful, focused collaboration to achieve excellence in our schools.

We are driven by four key values:

  • Our children will live ‘Happy, fulfilling lives’
  • Outstanding teaching and learning is our core focus
  • Outstanding Governance supports our schools
  • Leadership and professionalism drives continuous improvement

Our story so far…

Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull has always been a Beacon of excellence. Its focus on continuous improvement and belief that high quality teaching and learning is at the core of great schools has ensured that it has maintained its outstanding provision year on year.

Having secured outstanding provision for the students in their care, the Governors of Tudor Grange School, as it was, developed an ambition: every child deserves an outstanding education, not just the children within their school. They supported staff within Tudor Grange to engage fully in a wide range of national and international partnerships focussed on improving provision in schools. The Academies programme then provided an opportunity for them to sponsor a school in challenging circumstances, taking full responsibility for the quality of this provision and therefore potentially enabling them to realise their ambition.

In September 2009 Tudor Grange School, Solihull sponsored Tudor Grange Academy Worcester (TGAW). In November 2013 TGAW was graded ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness and ‘Outstanding’ for leadership and management and behaviour and safety; the school is now oversubscribed and the school of choice within its local community. This partnership provided a blueprint for Tudor Grange Academies Trust, (‘TGAT’ or the ‘Trust’), the Governors recognising how much Tudor Grange Academy Solihull had achieved but also learnt and benefitted through this process.

The success of the sponsorship of the Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester and the recognition of what school to school collaboration in a long lasting and hard relationship could achieve, gave rise to the vision for Tudor Grange Academies Trust: a group working together in a model of meaningful, focused collaboration to achieve excellence in their schools.

The Trust, as at April 2016, is a Trust of 6 schools: three secondary, one all through academy and two primary academies. The core vision of the Trust is to develop a Multi Academy Trust of six secondary schools, all within one hours travelling distance from Solihull, and groups of primary feeder schools around the secondaries which all exploit the benefits of a model for school to school partnership as in the model we have established through the relationship between Tudor Grange Primary Academy, St James and Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull.

Our core values underpin the strategic vision for the Trust: we aim to be one of the top 3 performing MATs in the country. We understand that this is extremely difficult to measure and indeed that there is, as yet, no real consensus as to what a fair measurement looks like. However, we are confident that we know what is important and therefore a sharp focus on what we consider to be critical will ensure we become the provider of choice in the communities we serve:

‘Every child deserves an outstanding education.’

Our values inform key performance indicators; we constantly look at how close we are to achieving our vision. Maintaining a focus on what we consider to be important drives critical conversations, informed by the views of all our stakeholders and all the information we have about our schools. Restlessness characterises all our academies: we are not afraid to challenge complacency and weaknesses identified are seen as opportunities to improve, the energy and drive for the ceaseless journey comes from our key ambition: ‘Every child deserves an outstanding education.’

  • Mrs Claire Maclean Executive Principal / CEO
    Mrs Vivienne Stone-Fewings Executive Principal Primary
    Mr Christopher Key Executive Finance Officer
    Mrs Dot Green PA to Executive Principals and MATB
    Mr Jim Cook Executive Compliance Officer
    Miss Lorna Marson Executive Data Manager
    Mr James Mealings Executive Catering Operations Officer
    Mrs Michelle Plumtree Lead Finance Manager: Management Accounts
    Mrs Andrea McCann Lead Finance Manager: Treasury

    Principals

    Mr Darren Turner Tudor Grange Academy Solihull
    Mrs Samantha Roach Tudor Grange Academy Worcester
    Mrs Jodie Bolter Tudor Grange Academy Redditch
    Mr Ian Harrison Tudor Grange Samworth Academy Leicester
    Mrs Anika Collins Tudor Grange Samworth Academy Leicester – Primary
    Miss Sarah Deakin Tudor Grange Primary Academy St James
    Mrs Paige Neale Tudor Grange Primary Academy Haselor
  • As a Trust we take 5.5% of GAG (General Annual Grant – main income to the school) for secondary and 4 % for primary, to fund central services to enable us to provide:

    • Educational support and challenge: central subject leads and shared curriculum and assessment resources, central specialist leaders of education, central data lead, central compliance and policies lead, central EVC lead, central behaviour SEND and safeguarding leads
    • Monthly Principal update and training and development meetings
    • Central EWO support
    • Central finance support and audit, strategic HR lead, policy writing
    • Access to Browne Jacobson quick call legal advisers; Trust membership of SSAT and FASNA
    • Catering support through an Executive Catering Operations Officer and access to Trust Pelican procurement
    • Insurance procured across MAT
    • Facilities management, health and safety services and capital works which qualify under safe, warm and dry strategic estates plan (The MAT receives a capital allocation to support the Estate of more than five schools)
    • Fully managed IT service and support
    • Central classroom, website design and implementation, graphic design and print service
    • Central management of uniform contract where the school adopts the Trust uniform
    • Access to the Teaching School Alliance core offer
    • One shared INSET day per year

     

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  • Directors

    Dr William Peter Rock (Diocese of Leicester appointed)

    • Appointed 03/09/2010

    Peter began his association with Tudor Grange in 1978 as a parent governor. He was then appointed to be a Local Authority governor and later elected Chairman of the Tudor Grange School governing body. He has worked alongside four Headteachers and with Mrs Bexon-Smith he planned and executed the move to academisation, which led directly to the establishment of a sixth form at Tudor Grange School. The original Trust has developed and grown into a Multi-Academy Trust, of which Peter is currently Chairman. There are now six schools in the group and the Tudor Grange Academies Trust is one of the top eleven Trusts in the country according to recent Ofsted figures. Peter has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

    Prior to retirement, Peter was a senior academic at the University of Birmingham and an NHS Consultant Dental Surgeon.

     


    Prof. John Michael Winterbottom

    • Appointed 03/09/2010

    Mike has been a Governor at Tudor Grange for over 35 years, first at Solihull and currently, Vice Chairman and a Founder Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust. Mike is also Chairman of Tudor Grange Academy Redditch. Mike has vast experience and knowledge of schools within the Trust, their educational aspirations and ethos.

    He is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, where he was a member of academic staff for forty years. He has a background of teaching and research and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. In addition to his chemical qualifications, Mike had very close industrial links.

    Mike has three children, all of whom were educated at Tudor Grange School Solihull.

     


    Mr William George

    • Appointed 03/09/2010
    • Business Interests – Director of Gala Hospitality Ltd

    William has been involved with Tudor Grange School for over twenty-five years in the capacity as parent, parent governor and as a founder Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust. William has extensive knowledge of the school’s educational principles and ethos.

    William is and has been a company Director for over forty years. He has been involved in a number of companies ranging from sales, marketing and corporate hospitality. William’s business knowledge and experience is invaluable in raising the Trust’s awareness of their commercial responsibilities in the challenging world of educational finance.

     


    Mr Graham Pearce

    • Appointed 11/12/2014
    • Business Interests – Pearce Legal Limited

    Graham has lived most of his life in Solihull and attended Tudor Grange Grammar School.

    He runs his own legal practise in Solihull and was also a church pastor for many years.

    Graham is married with four children and two grandchildren.

    He enjoys bringing contribution and challenge to governors and staff with a touch of humour.

     


    Mrs Alison Newman

    • Appointed 03/09/2010

    Alison recently retired from the Civil Service after a career spanning 42 years. During that time, Alison worked in several government departments, spending the majority of her career and the final 16 years in the Home Office, Immigration Department.

    Aside from an in depth knowledge of Immigration and Human Rights laws Alison had experience in representing the Home Office in Immigration Courts. Alison’s also had a wealth of experience in managing both business and staff performance. Throughout her career, Alison dealt with a range of HR issues including recruitment and retention, conduct and discipline and sickness management. Alison had a particular interest in aspirational leadership and management, achieving high performing teams and embedding a culture of continuous improvement.

    Alison has three sons, all of whom attended Tudor Grange School, Solihull. Alison joined the Local Governing Body first as a parent governor and later Alison became a community governor, chairing the staffing committee. Alison was appointed as a Director of Tudor Grange Multi-Academies Trust at its inception and has recently been appointed Chair of Governors at Tudor Grange Primary Academy Haselor.

     


    Mr Ron Edwards

    • Appointed 11/12/2014

    Ron worked in the teaching profession for 37 years, including 34 years at Tudor Grange School, Solihull. There he was a Head of Department and Faculty, Examinations Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Ron joined the Local Governing Board on his retirement and is presently Chairman of the Local Governing Body. Ron is currently employed by JCQ as an inspector of schools’ examinations arrangements and also serves as a Magistrate on the Birmingham bench.

     


    Mrs J Bexon-Smith

    • Appointed 20/09/2017

    Jennifer began her educational career in Warwickshire as a teacher of Geography and Business Studies. She moved on to become Head of Department and Head of Faculty before taking an advisor post in the London Borough of Redbridge. In the early 1990’s she became Deputy Head at Tudor Grange in Solihull where she was promoted to headteacher in 2002. Tudor Grange became one of the highest performing secondary schools in the country and became one of the first school sponsors in 2009 when they sponsored Elgar School to become Tudor Grange Academy Worcester. When she left her position as CEO for the Tudor Grange Multi Academy Trust in August 2014 the trust was responsible for three secondary schools and two primaries. In September 2014 Jennifer became one of the first Regional Schools Commissioners taking responsibility for the East Midlands and Humberside Region. She retired from full time education in April 2017 and has recently returned to her roots by becoming a Director of the Tudor Grange Academies Trust.

     


    Mr J Turner

    • Appointed 20/09/2017

    After leaving university, Jamie co-founded technology company Postcode Anywhere in Worcester. Working as the company’s software lead, its service became the defacto standard for data entry across most UK eCommerce websites. 

    In 2017, the company was acquired by GB Group to form the core platform for its global expansion freeing Jamie to pursue new adventures.

    Jamie continues to follow the technology sector but also has a keen interest in education, travel and aviation. 

     


    Dr P MachonDr P Machon

    • Appointed 20/09/2017

    Paul worked in the education profession for over forty years, predominantly in the sixth form college sector. There he served as a Vice-Principal for many years with a responsibility for quality assurance, teaching and learning and raising standards. His academic research centred on the development of this sector after the Further and Higher Education Act.

    Paul developed links with schools in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s and, following work developing political literacy in the classroom, he was the Ordnance Survey Award winner in 1999. After retiring in 2008 Paul managed a training network of large sixth form colleges and became a school governor, most recently at the Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough. This Academy transferred to The Tudor Grange Academies Trust in 2017.

     


    Members

    Dr W P Rock

     


    Prof. M Winterbottom

     


    Mrs Sarah Smith

    • Appointed 07/12/2016

    Sarah is currently Birmingham Diocesan Director of Education. Prior to joining the diocese in February 2015 she was Executive Head Teacher of St John’s CE Primary School in Sparkhill, which she led through two outstanding inspections. A National Leader of Education, she has been involved in supporting schools on their journey of school improvement, and served as Chair of Birmingham Local Authority Primary Forum and a member of Birmingham Schools Forum. She was instrumental in setting up the Birmingham Education Partnership with its vision of Head Teachers from all types of schools collaborating on leadership of education in the city.

     


    Mr R Cooper

    Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973 at which time he was working in London for a small accountancy practice, which subsequently merged into Binder Hamlyn.   Upon qualification Robert moved to Dorset to join the Rob Walker Motor Group (part of a newly listed PLC).   When the Group was sold in 1977, Robert moved to the Midlands and joined what is now HM Revenue and Customs, dealing with investigations into various forms of tax evasion and avoidance.   Robert retired from HMRC in March 2014, he is married with a daughter and a one-year-old granddaughter.

     


    Revd. J Hughes

    The Reverend Canon Jackie Hughes was a headteacher in Birmingham for almost 10 years before joining the city’s School Improvement Service in 1997. Jackie became the Head of School Effectiveness for the city in 2006 and led the National Challenge for improving the performance of secondary schools across the city. Birmingham became the highest performing core city at this time. Jackie retired from the Local Authority in 2010 and was appointed by the Diocese of Birmingham as Director of Education where she supported schools in developing their distinctive ethos, led School Improvement and then the academies programme until her retirement in 2014. Jackie has been a school governor in both primary and secondary schools, an Ofsted inspector and has published several articles and a book about different aspects of education, particularly gender equality and Collective Worship.

     


    MATB Meeting Attendance 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2015

    Dr William Peter Rock – Chair
    Possible Board Meetings 10
    Board Meetings Attended 10

    Prof John Michael Winterbottom – Vice Chair
    Possible Board Meetings 10
    Board Meetings Attended 8

    Mr William George
    Possible Board Meetings 10
    Board Meetings Attended 7

    Mrs Alison Newman
    Possible Board Meetings 10
    Board Meetings Attended 8

    Mr Ron Edwards
    Possible Board Meetings 7
    Board Meetings Attended 7

    Mr Graham Pearce
    Possible Board Meetings 7
    Board Meetings Attended 6

    MATB Meeting Attendance 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2017

    Dr Rock
    Possible meetings 11 (for Directors only)
    Meetings attended 11
    Prf. Winterbottom
    Meetings attended 8
    Mr Edwards
    Meetings attended 10
    Mr George
    Meetings attended 8
    Mrs Newman
    Meetings attended 9
    Mr Pearce
    Meetings attended 10

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives the public right of access to information produced in the course of the Trust’s work.

    There are exemptions to this right. In particular, data about living, identifiable people (‘personal data’) continues to be covered by the Data Protection Act and is not generally publicly available except to the “subject” of the data – that is, the person whom the data is about.

    Under the Freedom of Information Act, Tudor Grange Academy Trust will publish all the documents which the Trust will make public as a matter of routine.

    If the information you are looking for is not available on our website, you can make a request for the information you require in writing, or by submitting a request on our contact page.


Proud TGA

Michelle Adey (Parent) 

“Both of my sons attend Tudor Grange Academy. I have seen first-hand how the Trust supports its Academies to constantly improve. My sons have enjoyed such a wide variety of experiences and a very personalised approach to their education and because of this they are achieving more than I could ever have imagined”.
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