Castle Mead Academy

Castle Mead Academy

Leicester

Meet the Principal
Thomas Hague Principal

Castle Mead Academy, our new free school, will open in September 2019.

The new secondary school, which will be based in the heart of Leicester, will provide a broad, balanced curriculum with a special focus on EBacc subjects.

Building on Rushey Mead Academy’s outstanding track record, Castle Mead Academy will support each learner, making sure that they have every opportunity to achieve.

www.castlemead-rmet.org.uk

Hamilton Academy

Hamilton Academy
Keyham Lane West
Leicester
LE5 1RT

Meet the Principal
Jackie Gair Principal

Jackie graduated from Sussex University in 1986 and, after working in the financial services sector for a few years, returned to education where she achieved a PGCE from The University of Leicester. Having taught English and been a Head of Year for many years at Beauchamp College, Jackie moved to Sponne School in Towcester where she took the role of Head of Sixth Form.

After a break to have a family, Jackie  returned to Beauchamp College as the Staff Professional Development Lead from which she progressed to being Vice Principal with the same remit at Rushey Mead Academy.

Jackie helped submit the bid which saw Rushey Mead become one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in the country and she led the Teaching School for its first seven years, supporting school improvement in the East Midlands and beyond. During that time, Jackie also project led the creation of the Leicestershire Secondary SCITT which has, to date, successfully trained over 200 new teachers, the majority of whom are working in Leicester or Leicestershire schools.

Jackie’s move to being Principal of Hamilton Academy in September 2017 has been her most exciting challenge yet; she is thoroughly enjoying using all the knowledge and skills she has built up over a thirty year career in education to play an active role in The Mead Educational Trust’s mission to make a positive difference.

www.hamilton-rmet.org.uk

Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy

Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy
Balderstone Close
Leicester
LE5 4ES

Meet the Principal
Jay Virk Principal

Jay Virk is an experienced Head Teacher and has led Rowlatts Hill Primary since April 2007. Jay has a range of experience across a number of settings and in her various teaching posts, taught across the entire primary age range in her 27 teaching career. She is a passionate educator, has a distributed leadership style and maintains high standards for the benefit of all her students – her focus remains on what is best for the children of Rowlatts Hill. She has obtained a MBA in Educational Leadership in 2013. Jay is an Ofsted Inspector in the East Midlands area, using the opportunity to renew and improve teaching and learning  practice within her own academy and amongst the Trust.

www.rowlattshill-rmet.org.uk 

Thurnby Lodge Primary Academy

Thurnby Lodge Primary Academy
Dudley Avenue
Leicester
LE5 2EG

Meet the Principal
Cleo Redmond Principal

Cleo Redmond has worked across the city since 2001 and the Principal at Thurnby Lodge since September 2012.  Cleo has a range of experience across a number of settings and has supported other local primaries as her role as a Raising Achievement Partner for the Local Authority.

She has obtained the Professional Qualification for Schools Inspectorates and has worked for Ofsted in the East Midlands and the North East.

 

www.thurnbylodge-rmet.org.uk 

Willowbrook Primary Academy

Willowbrook Primary Academy
Roborough Green
Leicester
LE5 2NA

Meet the Principal
Marie Collins Principal

Marie has worked at Willowbrook for 13 years and has undertaken a number of senior leadership roles during Willowbrook’s journey to Outstanding in 2011.  She has been a SENCO in two schools for over 10 years and is passionate about inclusion and meeting the needs of all children.  She is a trained Challenge Partner reviewer and embraces the opportunities to visit other schools as well as welcoming regular reviews of Willowbrook.  She has supported other schools and new Heads within the City and County and, through this work, was accredited as a National Leader of Education in April 2018.  Marie has been the Principal at Willowbrook since September 2014.

www.willowbrook-rmet.org.uk

Knighton Fields Primary Academy

Knighton Fields Primary Academy
Knighton Fields Road West
Leicester
LE2 6LG

Meet the Principal
Gary Aldred Principal

Gary has been the principal of Knighton Fields Primary Academy since June 2016. He started his teaching career at Willowbrook Primary Academy as a newly qualified teacher in 2009 and has held several senior leadership posts throughout his career.

Gary is a Challenge Partner trained reviewer who enjoys gaining inspiration for new and wonderful ideas from the schools that he visits. He is passionate about mathematics and returned to University to undertake the Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme in 2011. He is keen for every child to leave his school with a love for the subject and fluent mathematical life skills.

 

www.knightonfields-rmet.org.uk

Rushey Mead Academy

Rushey Mead Academy
Melton Road
Leicester
LE4 7AN

Meet the Principal
Gulbanu Kader Principal

Gulbanu is the Principal of Rushey Mead Academy and has had a range of experiences in her various teaching posts in her 20 year teaching career. She is also contracted with Ofsted as an Ofsted Inspector for secondary schools in the East Midlands; the experience from which she uses to evaluate and improve practice at both her academy and across the Trust.  In addition to this, she is trained to conduct Pupil Premium Reviews.

Her particular areas of expertise are in whole school improvement, particularly through the effective use of performance information.

Gulbanu believes that a successful school is underpinned by the creation of a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment, driven by high aspirations where children are inspired to embrace challenges, not to give up, make failure the beginning of success and aim for the very top, but at the same time, become responsible, caring and kind citizens.  She is an energetic and committed individual, passionate about supporting students to fulfil their potential, regardless of their starting points.

 

www.rushey-rmet.org.uk

Northfield House Primary Academy

Northfield House Primary Academy
Northfield Road
Leicester
LE4 9DL

Meet the Principal
Sarah Ridley Executive Principal

Sarah has been seconded to work at the Northfield House Primary Academy. She has been the Headteacher at Willowbrook Primary School since 2008.

Sarah is an LLE and has undergone the OFSTED training. She is also a System Leader for the Pupil Premium.

 

www.northfield-rmet.org.uk