Growing multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has appointed two senior leaders from its outstanding schools to work alongside the chief executive, as the MAT enters further expansion in 2018.
The ATLP – which runs seven schools, five children’s centres and one teaching school across Birmingham and North Warwickshire – has named headteachers Anna Balson, of Mere Green Primary School and Neil Warner, of Arthur Terry School, as new executive headteachers.
The national leaders of education will continue as headteachers at their schools and work as executive headteachers for primary and secondary phases respectively, providing additional capacity and leading on the MAT’s improvement agenda.
Richard Gill, CEO, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Anna and Neil to their new roles. Both are highly experienced, dynamic leaders of outstanding schools, with a wealth of expertise and professionalism.
“Our partnership has grown to more than 5,000 students and one thousand staff and we are excited to move into this next phase of expansion, with the confidence that we are robust enough to provide effective and sustained school improvement.”
Anna Balson has been headteacher at the outstanding Mere Green Primary School, for eight years, having turned the now oversubscribed school around. She will lead the ATLP’s four primary school cluster.
She said: “We have such a fantastic leadership team across the ATLP and it’s a privilege to work with both the primary and secondary leaders to ensure all schools – not just our own – improve.”
Neil Warner, who has been headteacher at the outstanding Arthur Terry for six years, will provide strategic leadership to the ATLP’s soon-to-be four secondary schools.
He said: “I’m thrilled to be leading both my own school and others, having worked alongside Richard for many years. Our partnership shares a culture of improvement through collaboration. By growing capacity and developing self-managing, self-improving clusters, we can support more schools and assure the future of all our children.”