Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust is a newly formed trust which will include up two large secondary schools, Southam College and Bilton School, and four primary schools.
Our core aim will be to develop the life chances of every one of our students, as outlined in our vision statement below:
Stowe Valley MAT will create a seamless educational experience for our students across all key stages to develop responsible, capable and confident young people who are active citizens in the 21st Century. We will achieve outstanding progression using our success to drive us to reach even higher standards in everything we do. We will maximise pupil achievement in all schools through a rich and motivating curriculum and encourage all to strive by living our motto 'be the best you can be'. The MAT will be recognised by our staff, parents and the local community as providers of a safe, creative and ethical environment reinforced by a vibrant Community Dimension. Overall, we will ensure that the MAT proactively adds value to each partner school so that the whole is always greater than the sum of the individual parts.
I became a teacher in 1970, following my degree course at Edinburgh University (MA Hons. English Language and Literature, 1965-69) and my completion of the PGCE qualification at Bristol University (1969-70). I taught full-time in 5 urban comprehensive schools over the following 41 years, working in a number of different Local Authorities: Bristol/Avon, North Notts., Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire. In addition to this regional variety, my experience benefited greatly from the different roles that I carried out: i/c English Literature, HoD English, Curriculum Deputy, and two contrasting headships (Alderman Callow School & Community College, Coventry, 1991-94, and North Leamington School, Warwickshire, 1994-2011).
I have always been committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum to the full age and ability range as an educational entitlement, believing that this is the best means of assisting the development of the whole child and of preparing her/him for adult life. In this context, I was pleased to gain specialist ‘Arts College’ status for North Leamington School and to work with the Local Authority to design this into the plans for the new, campus-style school that we were able to open in 2009. In addition to other ‘core’ aspects of the curriculum, I also believe that it is essential that the secondary school offers a robust programme of personal, social and health education and that this is fully integrated into the culture and ethos of the school’s daily practices.
Following my formal retirement in 2011, I then worked part-time for 5 years as the Behaviour Partnership Coordinator for the 7 secondary schools in the Central Warwickshire Area. The main thrust of this role was to prevent the permanent exclusion of students by working closely with them, their families and their schools in order resolve existing difficulties by setting up alternative educational opportunities. I greatly enjoyed this work and believe that we achieved a large measure of success across the 7 schools.
After graduating, Mrs Turner taught for 25 years in comprehensive, bilateral and grammar schools and in Further Education colleges. She then worked as a local authority education inspector (including as Reg.I. for Ofsted). She was responsible for the TVEI project in Warwickshire, Careers education, vocational and16-19 issues as well as being link inspector for 20+ schools: nursery, primary and comprehensive secondary.
TVEI in the county had a strong emphasis on schools and teachers working together, sharing experience and expertise – a relatively new way of working in the 80s and 90s. Her expertise in Careers work was recognised by TVEI nationally by her involvement in policy making and contributions to national Careers publications. At the heart of this work, and also in the fast-changing world of vocational and 16-19 education was the management of change and the use of well-founded evidence in the development of local policy.
Mrs Turner has been a governor in local schools – both primary and secondary - since 1970 (except for the period she worked for the county council), including extended periods as Chair in both sectors. Following her retirement, she became more fully involved in school governance at county level, becoming chair of both the local Governors Forum and the Schools Forum, as well as co-option as a governor representative on the Warwickshire County Council O & S committee. During this period she also served as the Chair of an Interim Executive Board for a secondary school and as the Trustee of an Academy. Her wide and varied experience and her ability to work in a range of contexts were, we believe, valued by these bodies.
I started teaching in 1973. I taught in two town junior schools and then moved onto the headship of a small rural primary school. From there I was seconded to Northampton University, then a teacher training college, by HMI to develop their non-discriminatory practice primarily in terms of race. During this time I worked within ITT and ran courses for head teachers on matters of equality both within the curriculum and in terms of management and HR issues. It came to an abrupt end when I was asked to immediately take over a school where the head teacher had committed suicide and the staff and pupils were in trauma.
Following the secondment I was appointed to the head ship of an inner town lower school with a diverse pupils population. The school became very well known for its inclusive anti-racist practice, IT and design. I was part of a team of Head Teacher and advisors who ran weekend training sessions for other head teachers on the new initiative of local management of schools.
From there I became the manager of the Multicultural Education Service with a staff in excess of 120. During that time we developed clear anti-racist guidelines for schools, developed curriculum resources and curriculum plans which were sold nationally, contributed to a wide range of local and national conferences and training, work with the Race equality Commission to develop national guidelines in that field. OFSTED rated the Service as a 1 which in modern terms would be outstanding. I was also for a time doubling up as the acting head teacher of an infant’s school covering the absence of the head teacher over 2 terms.
I also acted as a senior equalities officer to the county council. I developed equalities monitoring systems and initiated and led on anti-homophobia packs for schools (the first in the country) and other organisations. I was particularly proud to work with a committee to erect a memorial to Walter Tull.For a short time I was an acting Senior Education Officer for special schools, from which I became the executive head teacher of a secondary SEBD school in special measures. When it came out of special measures two years later I retired and worked with excluded teenagers and young people with mental health issues on a one to one basis. I was asked by the LA to come out of retirement to be the head teacher of a junior school in special measures which came out of category two years later. During that time I worked with the local infants and secondary school to create the first all through school in our county. Something I repeated a few years later in another town when I acted as head teacher of the junior school, then the infant school and then special unit leader in the secondary school.For three years I coordinated the training and development of 19 schools in a cluster arrangement whilst also working with Warwick University delivering a unit of study to undergraduates on a BA Course in early years and as part of the ITT team. I now act as the link between the university and a consortium of schools training at present 12 post graduate trainees. My role is to moderate grades and to quality control the training.
I am a member of the board of Education Excellence for All, an academy sponsor and was the instigator of our programme to build and establish an outstanding special school in our locality. This will open in September 2016.I am currently the interim head teacher of one of the primary schools joining the MAT but will be retiring in August of this year.
- Awarded MBE for services to Education.
- 30 years’ experience of school governance across primary and secondary sector, most of which was a Chair.
- Chair of two Interim Executive Boards which took schools out of special measures.
- Chair of Independent Admissions Appeals panel.
- Invited Governor on Warwickshire Children and Young Peoples Overview and Scrutiny committee.
- Member of panel on Warwickshire Local Funding Formula
- Serving member of Warwickshire Schools Forum.
- 25 years teaching experience in Primary and Special needs education
- Head of Special Needs Unit within a primary setting
- Experience of Headship in rural village school
- Governor at Staverton primary school
- Recognition by letter from Nick Gibb for outstanding work in Key Stage 1 Phonics
- Advisory ICT consultant for Warwickshire local Authority across primary and special school sector.
Governor of Bishops Itchington Primary School since 2007 and during this time has lead or had detailed involvement in: Implementing management systems to track annual delivery of the School Improvement Plan.
Restructuring the governing body committee structure such that in a time of sustained change there was sufficient focus on the strategic direction of the school.
Revising the terms of reference and standard agendas of the above committees to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GB.Chair of Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee since 2012.
Chair of Performance and Standards Committees and then Strategy Committees since 2008 Chaired Disciplinary Committees around exclusions 20 year management career in BMW including engineering functions with budget and headcount responsibility for 40 people. Manager of the Apprentices and Associate Training Department for BMW Group’s UK companies. Robust management toolset and insight into the training of young people and challenges that businesses face when employing school leavers.