THE central TEAM
As an organisation we build capacity in advance of need; this enables us to provide support to other schools at very short notice. Through our leadership model we successfully develop leaders at all levels who are then able to take on whole school/academy responsibilities or to be deployed across our Family of Schools. Our Directors of subjects (Maths, English, Science, ) bring outstanding leadership, working across all our schools in the Family and contributing extensively to school improvement.
We pride ourselves in meeting the needs of all children in our care, including those who are most vulnerable or challenging. These groups of students are a major priority and we work closely with parents/carers in helping to raise their children’s self-esteem and subsequent achievement and attainment.
We are dedicated about the part we have to play in regenerating the area by placing outstanding schools at the heart of the community.
Collaborative: Sharing of teachers, expertise and best practices.
Quality Core Services: Access to high quality shared services, e.g. catering, premises, finance and ICT
Delivery: Rapid dissemination of best-practice across the group – sharing of policies and procedures
Development: Excellent professional development opportunities, which support the recruitment and retention of staff.
Innovation: Innovative staffing arrangements – for example, staff working across more than one Amethyst Academy and working from home.
High Calibre CPD: Training days in common, facilitating high quality CPD.
Cutting Edge: Bespoke software for pupil tracking, reporting, safeguarding, rewards and conduct management are consistent across the academies.
our central support services
Senior Finance and Business Director
Laura brings significant financial experience to the Trust and contributes to the corporate, strategic and operational leadership management. In particular Laura is responsible for leading the Trust’s finance team, accounting and delivering a financial strategy to support the Trust’s objectives.
Laura worked for the Local Authority for several years as a Schools Finance Support Officer providing and monitoring multiyear budget plans, and offering professional advice in a consultancy capacity on budgetary matters to around 19 schools and then progressed to becoming a Bursar for a Cluster of schools including, primary, Secondary and Special.
Laura was appointed as a Business Director for one of the Amethyst Academy Trust Academies schools and continues with this function at academy level. Laura has achieved the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting, Certificate of School Business Management through the NCSL and the CIPFA Financial Reporting for Academies.
Legal, Governance and Compliance
Lauren Jones is the Executive Director of Governance, Legal and Compliance at the Amethyst Academies Trust. Lauren has worked at the trust for over 10 years, having previously gained a law degree at the University of Liverpool, graduating with her legal practice qualifications from the college of law in Birmingham in 2009. Lauren later worked as a criminal and private motoring solicitor for a regional law firm.
As an academic at heart Lauren is proud of the Educational qualifications she has acquired as they were built from the foundations of a robust, high quality, purposeful education, and Lauren’s personal values fully align the wider Trust vision, of ensuring a broad, ambitious and stimulating education for all the students in which it serves.
Lauren’s role within the Trust centres around providing high quality advice to headteachers, governors and senior leaders, thus ensuring both statutory and regulatory compliance across school policy and procedure. Lauren audits the operational effectiveness of Trust school’s, including the provision of advice and guidance in areas of health and safety and data protection.
The Trust provides a clerking service to all schools within the MAT, Lauren oversees the effective management of this service, providing advice as the governance professional. Lauren’s role as Executive Director of Legal, Governance and compliance supports joining schools, by offering consultation support and guiding leaders through the Academy Conversion process, advising governing board on their duties and responsibilities as the school changes to academy status.
Jenny has worked in Education HR for over 15 years. Jenny’s career has followed an upward career trajectory to her current role as Executive Director of HR at Amethyst Academies Trust, responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including staffing, employee relations, benefits, training and development.
Jenny specialises in executing talent strategies which effectively meet and enhance business performance through recruitment, development and retention of our most valuable assets, our Staff.
Prior to joining Amethyst Academies Trust Jenny worked for Wolverhampton City council and then a private company providing a wide range HR specialist advice, guidance and support to schools and Academies (Primary’s, secondary’s, Special Schools and PRU’s) across the west midlands. Jenny holds a Post graduate diploma in Human resource management.
Jenny manages the Trust’s HR function delivering advice and providing support to Headteachers, Governors and managers on all aspects of employment issues within the legal framework and education context and to ensure the Trust is compliant with the duties and responsibilities placed on it by Statute. Jenny has a proactive approach to all HR matters and has extensive experience with absence management, disciplinary, grievance, performance management, pay and terms and conditions of employment.
Jenny loves being part of people’s career journeys and is dedicated to amplifying the human element of HR, inspired by helping people grow and develop.
Head of Trust Estates
Ian Currie has worked with schools within the trust for over 19 years and has a vast experience of managing sites and ensuring compliance with Health and safety. Ian project managed Building Schools for the Future and large building projects across the Trust. Ian ensures all site projects are health and safety compliant and fulfills all estate management requirements. As Facilities Manager he leads a team of highly skilled facilities assistants who contribute to providing an efficient centralised operational service to staff and students.
Chief Finance Manager
John has over 2 decades of school finance experience from the early days of Local Management of Schools to Academy Status via Grant Maintained Status and Foundation School Status. As the delegation of financial control has been awarded to schools in ever increasing measure and complexity over the years, so John has evolved and adapted to meet the challenges. Having been with the Academy since its inception in January 2013,
John is now suitably experienced and knowledgeable to over see the Multi Academy Trust’s finances working alongside Laura Armato, Business Manager, and the schools’ Finance Teams, all working together to support the Trusts’ aims and objectives.
Ian brings a wealth of experience to ICT support. Originally joining the ICT Support team in 2006, he covered a wide range of roles before becoming Network Manager of Aldersley High School in 2013. Leading the school’s ICT Support department, he was responsible for the IT input to the Building Schools for the Future project, which reshaped ICT for the school going forward and has been instrumental in the school’s support during the interim leadership of additional schools.
Whilst also continuing his work for Aldersley, Ian was appointed as Network Manager for the Amethyst Academies Trust, leading the other ICT Support departments in continuing to provide a great IT service throughout the Trust.
Trust Data and Systems Manager
Ben has 20 years’ experience working in educational IT. He has experience working in assessment data analysis and in designing bespoke software systems for use in school. He has created several applications for use in schools across the Trust, using mobile and web technologies. He has set up systems to collate information together and make it easier for staff to record and locate information.
Trust Attendance Support Officer
Laura is experienced in improving attendance.
Director of Marketing
Paul’s background in IT and media at Moreton School since 2009 made him the ideal choice to market the trust and it’s schools. Paul is as happy behind a camera as a computer and actively supports the technical aspects of the Photography A Level course in the Amethyst Sixth Form.
Paul has been the lead designer on our websites since joining the trust and transitioned the Moreton website over to a CMS in 2015 to make it more accessible to the growing mobile market. Paul led the social media rollout at Moreton School to show off all the fantastic work that happens in school that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Paul is also our “Go to” designer and is skilled in all aspects of design from a simple poster all the way up to promotional videos for the trust.