Who we are

A collective responsibility for academic excellence in the community

Chief Executive Officer – Robert Farmer

Robert Farmer has worked in education since August 2004 starting as Vice Principal and Business Manager at Upper Shirley High and developing the Upper Shirley Learning Community Trust. Prior to that Robert worked as the Financial Director for a large multinational company. He has worked for the National College on their School Business Management programme advising schools and local authorities.

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Chief Standards Officer – Nigel Ash

Nigel Ash has worked as a Lead Inspector for Ofsted since 2007 whiel being Senior Inspector in two Local Authorities, a freelance Education Consultant and an Inspector for Gifted and Talented in Surrey and Hampshire. He has been a Headteacher of primary, infant and junior schools in two counties. His particular areas of expertise and interest are school evaluation, able, gifted and talented, assessment for learning and leadership and management.

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Chief Learning Officer, Hamwic Teaching School Alliance and Harefield SCITT – Gary Hampton

Gary Hampton is Headteacher of Harefield Primary School set in a disadvantaged area of Southampton. He was educated in Southampton and spent his teaching career in the city. He has led Harefield Primary School through amalgamation, rebuild and academy conversion. During this time the school moved from “serious weaknesses” to “outstanding” and is now a national Support School. As a National Leader of Education Gary has supported a number of schools in the area. Currently Gary is Executive Head of two schools in both JET and EJT. Gary leads the Hamwic Teaching Schools Alliance and Harefield SCITT.

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Gemma Malone

Gemma Malone has worked in education since June 2008 with infant, junior, secondary and special school experience. Prior to this Gemma was a Director of a Legal Recruitment Consultancy for 8 years. Gemma has a degree in Management and she is CIPD qualified and has completed her Advanced Diploma in School Business Management and is an SLE in management and leadership.

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