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Pioneer Academies Community Trust

Children are at the centre of everything we do and everything we do, is about improving their life chances

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Children are at the centre of everything we do and everything we do, is about improving their life chances

Trust Leaders



Jayne Everett: Executive Headteacher

Jayne has extensive senior leadership experience in schools and academies as Headteacher, Principal and Executive Principal. Jayne has a proven track record having successfully turned around 2 primary schools leading to Ofsted judgements of good and outstanding. Jayne’s particular areas of expertise include curriculum design, Special Educational Needs and Early Years.


Jenni Wyrill: Director of Teaching and Learning

Jenni has taken on a new role within the Trust which involves implementing our shared school improvement model. Working across all of our academies Jenni supports school improvement planning, quality assurance and teaching and learning support. Jenni is a highly regarded and experienced Specialist Leader of Education with a proven track record in improving teaching and learning across a number of maintained schools and academies within the Local Authority. Jenni is involved in the delivery of a number of professional development programmes through Tykes teaching school. Her particular areas of expertise include assessment, curriculum design and planning for progression.


Rachel Ward: Head Teacher

Rachel is an experienced and talented educational leader, having worked across both secondary and primary education. She has been a Specialist Leader of Education since January 2012 and has worked with a range of different schools and staff including primary, secondary and special schools. As an SLE, she has worked with senior leadership teams undertaking school improvement, building capacity within these schools so that they can become self-sustaining and continue to improve. Her work as an SLE in primary and secondary schools includes teaching and learning, designing and facilitating bespoke professional development programmes and coaching for leadership. She is also a GCSE History examiner.


Lisa Tabbner: Head of Academy

Lisa is an experienced educational leader with a specialism in Early Years. Having worked in a range of primary schools, Lisa has a track record of outstanding teaching and mentoring colleagues to improve practice. Lisa is currently Head of Academy at Summerfields Academy but supports teaching and learning throughout the Trust.



Kim Wood: Chief Finance Officer

Kim works as Chief Finance Officer across all of our academies, ensuring budgets are planned and efficient and offer value for money. Kim is able to support schools through the conversion process and beyond in all aspects of financial planning, audit, accounting and statutory returns.


James Haywood: Assistant Head

James is an experienced practitioner and Assistant Head at Carlton Primary Academy. He has experience of teaching throughout the primary phase; however, specialises in UKS2. His SLE is in Teaching and Learning, most notably helping leaders of Mathematics and Science in implementing and sustaining change within the curriculum. James has worked closely with Advanced Skills Teachers from Secondary Education to close the ‘gap’ between the skills provided at KS2 and the expectations of KS3. He has a strong understanding of the changes to the primary curriculum in assessing and reporting progress & attainment at both KS1 and KS2 levels. Previously, James was the lead practitioner for PE for a cluster of schools within Barnsley, setting up tournaments / festivals within the trust to promote healthy competition.


Leanne Cook: Assistant Head

Leanne is an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher and Assistant Head at Parkside Primary Academy. She has a proven track record of outstanding classroom practice, and currently supports moderation, assessment and improvement in teaching and learning across the Trust


Laura Wakefield: Assistant Head

Laura is an experienced teacher, having taught for over ten years in different schools, across two local authorities. She has led Key Stage Two for a number of years, mentoring NQT’s and RQT’s as well as supporting more experienced staff with their development. Laura is currently Assistant head of Academy and year 6 teacher at Summerfields Primary Academy.


Craig Marsh: Assistant Head

Craig joined the Trust in September 2016 having previously taught in an outstanding teaching school. He began his career in education as an HLTA before qualifying as a primary teacher. As an outstanding classroom practitioner he supports teaching and learning across the trust with particular skills in curriculum design.