OUR SCHOOL STAFF!

What we do for school staff

When you work in a Connect Academy Trust school, you get the support, training and direction you need – allowing your talents to shine.

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We know that the success of any school depends on the people who show up every day to make it all happen. That’s why we nurture and invest in our schools’ staff, enabling them to be their best.

When your school is part of the Connect family, you will benefit from a carefully calibrated system of training and development. That means having access to the expertise, support and resources you need.

Plus, we’re committed to a rigorous development and training programme for staff – whether you’re a teacher, caretaker, administrative assistant or leader. This will help you advance your skills, benefit from specialist expertise, and get the input you need to enable you to perform at your best.

Benefits for our staff within schools

Expert support and guidance

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Inclusive workplace culture

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Excellent training opportunities

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Investment in professional development

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Curriculum support for teaching teams

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"There's a supportive and caring atmosphere. Senior leaders are aware of staff and pupil wellbeing and always consider ways this can be improved. I feel listened to."

Debbie Baker

Assistant Headteacher

“The Trust and its schools are connected. It is a collaborative way of working whilst schools still have lots of autonomy.”

Hayley Gilbride

Headteacher

"We want the best for everyone who works in Connect Academy Trust. For our children to thrive, our staff need to feel confident, valued and encouraged in their roles. To that end, the Trust is committed to developing a professional learning community, where everyone has the right to be nurtured. We also want the best people to be working in Trust, so we develop talent and strength from within, whilst also being keen to bring in outstanding people from outside the Trust."

Sarah Ryder

School Improvement Lead at Connect

“The great teamwork and collaboration means that all schools contribute towards and benefit from Trust-wide support.”

Samantha Barker

Headteacher

“Whilst all schools invest in the trust values, each school is encouraged to develop and deliver the curriculum in their unique way.”

Susie Carroll

Headteacher

The Connect Team

Our trust succeeds by combining the strengths of several talented people, each with their own area of skill and experience.

Rachel Field

Rachel Field

Chief Operating Officer

Becky Brookes

Becky Brookes

School Operations Lead

Sarah Ryder

Sarah Ryder

School Improvement Lead

Julie Drew

Julie Drew

HR Manager

Hayley Gilbride

Hayley Gilbride

Headteacher

Jane Orchard

Jane Orchard

School Operations Lead

Claire Dixon

Claire Dixon

School Operations Lead

Sonia Blandford

Sonia Blandford

Member

Jon Kestell

Jon Kestell

Trust Wellbeing Consultant

Stephanie Bulley

Stephanie Bulley

Executive Assistant

Giles Freathy

Giles Freathy

Trustee

Adam Losonczy

Adam Losonczy

IT Technician

Liz Bennett

Liz Bennett

School Operations Lead

Hollie Strathearn

Hollie Strathearn

Administrative Assistant

Denise Harding

Denise Harding

Finance and Procurement Officer

Stuart Bellworthy

Stuart Bellworthy

CEO & Trust Leader

Lisa Braund

Lisa Braund

Health and Safety Manager

Adam Hedley

Adam Hedley

IT Area Manager (Plymouth)

Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Trustee

Lee LeMarquand

Lee LeMarquand

Trustee

Andrew Swainson

Andrew Swainson

Headteacher

Tamsin Lamb

Tamsin Lamb

Trustee

Shaun Nicholls

Shaun Nicholls

Headteacher

Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler

Member

Ben Wallis

Ben Wallis

Headteacher

Christian Jenkins

Christian Jenkins

Chair of Members

Melissa Oliver

Melissa Oliver

Headteacher

Anamaria Avasilcai

Anamaria Avasilcai

Management Accountant

Josh Hughes

Josh Hughes

IT Area Manager (Torbay)

Kate Reeves

Kate Reeves

Trustee

Lee Atkinson

Lee Atkinson

Facilities Manager

Sammy Elbrow

Sammy Elbrow

Senior School Operation Lead

Susie Carroll

Susie Carroll

Headteacher

Nikki Graham

Nikki Graham

School Operations Lead

Emma Wilkins

Emma Wilkins

School Operations Lead

Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell

Chair of Trustees

Steve Collins

Steve Collins

Maintenance Operative (Torbay)

Steve Widdecombe

Steve Widdecombe

Member

Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson

Marketing Consultant

Sam Barker

Sam Barker

Headteacher

Georgia Dingley

Georgia Dingley

School Operations Lead

Claire Hardisty

Claire Hardisty

Headteacher

Nicola Bridge

Nicola Bridge

Member

Jon Whittam

Jon Whittam

IT Technician

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

Finance Officer

Hanne Knight

Hanne Knight

Trustee

Phil Taylor-Jones

Phil Taylor-Jones

Desktop Support Engineer

Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne

Vice Chair of Trustees

Kim Shannon

Kim Shannon

Finance Officer

Louise Hudd

Louise Hudd

Finance Officer

Take a look at the positions currently available at the Connect Academy Trust.

Our vacancies
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