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 an outstanding school at the heart of the community.
Sharing of teachers, expertise and best practice.
Access to high quality, shared services e.g. catering, premises, finance and ICT.
Rapid dissemination of best-practice across the group – sharing of policies and procedures
Excellent professional development opportunities, which support the recruitment and retention of staff.
Innovative staffing arrangements – for example, staff working across more than one Amethyst Academy.
Training days in common, facilitating high quality CPD.
Economies of scale – Amethyst Academies Trust Academies can procure “value for money” services for all its Academies.
Bespoke software for pupil tracking, reporting, safeguarding, rewards and conduct management are consistent across the academies.
Business and Finance 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.
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.
Lauren Jones is the Compliance Officer for the Amethyst Academies trust. Lauren has a legal background, having gained a Law Degree in 2007 from the University of Liverpool. Lauren then studied her postgraduate legal qualification in Birmingham before moving on to work for a mid-sized law firm in Dudley, focusing her training in the Private motoring and Criminal Department. Lauren took a career break in 2012, where she was appointed as Attendance Manager at Moreton School.
At Academy level, Lauren moved into the trust’s Compliance role and is responsible for ensuring that our Trust complies with our outside regulatory requirements and internal policies. Lauren greatly enjoys interpreting the Law, and creating policies in line with statutory requirements. Working as compliance officer for the trust has allowed Lauren the autonomy to ensure Legal compliance across the trust in relation to a wide range of areas including; Data Protection, Parental Consent, Health and Safety, and Freedom of Information.
At present, Lauren’s primary focus is in moving the trust towards legal compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations, which will take force in May 2018 –these regulations will affect all schools in their approach towards their data sharing and processing responsibilities.
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.
Hannah’s background in Customer Service at Management level supported her transition to HR Lead at one of the Amethyst Academies Schools. Specialising in ensuring staff are compliant and supported in HR matters, Hannah offers a whole school provision that covers the setting up and implantation of contracts, staff management of attendance and support
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The health and welfare of the staff within the Trust is of paramount importance for the smooth running of the schools and the help and advise offered by Hannah is driven by the belief that a happy workforce delivers outstanding practice.