The Central Team

Capacity for Improvement

We will always seek collaboration with external partners and agencies in our pursuit of excellence for all our children and young

 people: however, we also believe that our children and families are best served by having school staff being the best they can

 be, something which comes as a direct result of the value and investment we put into workforce development, enabled by a

 learning culture which recognises the fundamental importance of research-led interventions to deliver continual improvement.

Our MAT Central Team (MCT) draws on the wide range of expertise we have across our Trust and reflects the extensive MAT capacity we have to drive system-wide improvement, in conjunction with the expertise we commission from external agencies and through strategic partnerships.

Our MCT operate under the guiding principles of:

Inspire: Inspire our school workforce and external partners through professionalism, being research-led and always going the extra mile.

Enable: Facilitate the requirements of our headteachers and school workforce to enable real school improvement thus achieving their vision.

Achieve: Reflect and evaluate how we can further support headteachers and their staff to achieve their strategic vision.

Trustwide Solutions

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

Laura Armato Amethyst Academies Trust

Gemma Tilley

Educational Consultant

I am an experienced senior leader and have worked in various schools throughout my career in a wide range of roles including Behaviour, SEND and Quality of Education. Throughout my career to date, my passion for working with young people and making a difference to their lives is what has really driven me so far, and is what will continue to do so in Amethyst Academies Trust. I am steadfast in my belief that every child, regardless of their backgrounds or any barriers they face, has the right to the very best education where inclusivity and ambition are at the heart of all of our decision making.

Lauren Jones Amethyst Academies Trust

Tim Wakefield

Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead

Hello, I’m Tim Wakefield, and I’m thrilled to join the Amethyst Academies Trust as the Inclusion and Safeguarding Manager within the Central Team. Before this, I founded and served as a trustee for Switch, an alternative provision and inclusion service based in Wolverhampton. Since 2007, Switch has been dedicated to supporting primary and secondary pupils across the region with their social and emotional learning. We’ve delivered early intervention strategies aimed at improving attendance, preventing exclusions, and nurturing young people’s wellbeing and mental health.

At Amethyst Academies Trust, my mission is to collaborate with schools to help develop their internal provisions. I will be involved in the quality assurance of external providers, work towards establishing the Trust’s own specialist provision, and provide assistance on safeguarding matters. I’m looking forward to contributing to the Trust’s vision and helping to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all our students.

Jenny Jackson Amethyst Academies Trust

Jill Lines

HR Manager

Human Resources

I am an experienced HR Professional having provided a HR service in a number of organisations during my career. I started my working life at West Midlands Police before moving to the education sector where I have worked in HE, FE and a number of school establishments. My most recent experience has been working as a HR Business Partner for a larger MAT, based within theHead Office team.

I am passionate about ensuring staff are given every opportunity to be the very best, whether that be through support, wellbeing or development. I recognise that you, as a valued member of staff, have the biggest impact on the young people in our care. Therefore, my aim is to ensure Amethyst Academies Trust is providing an environment which allows you to be passionate and ambitious so you can thrive in the workplace.

Jenny Jackson Amethyst Academies Trust

Sarah Walker

MAT Clerk

I have just joined the Trust as MAT Clerk.  I will be clerking for the Curriculum, Progress and Standards Sub-Committee, Attendance, Exclusions and Safeguarding Sub-Committee meetings, together with the Local Governing Board meetings of Aldersley, Moreton and Penn Hall schools.  I have many years’ experience of working as a clerk for first and secondary schools in Staffordshire and Walsall.  My last role in education was as a Business Manager in a secondary academy.  I hold the Certificate of School Business Management through the NCSL.  My interests include reading, walking and learning Spanish.

Jay Rowley

Head of Trust Estates

I am Jay Rowley and I am excited to be joining Amethyst Central Team as Trust Head of Estates. I am experienced in estates management and very much looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Throughout my career, my passion has always been working in estates and providing young people with safe environments to enhance their surroundings and making a difference to their lives. In terms of me and who I am outside of work… I am a Dad of three amazing children, I enjoy fishing and a massive Aston Villa fan.

John Ince

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 Henry

Network Manager

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.

Paul martin

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.

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