The Shared Learning Trust has appointed Cathy Barr as its new Chief Executive Officer. Cathy is already part of the Shared Learning Trust's family of schools, having been Principal of the Stockwood Park Academy in Luton for the last five years. The Shared Learning Trust is a stand-alone multi academy trust which runs a family of four schools based in Bedfordshire: Stockwood Park Academy, the Chalk Hills Academy, the Linden Academy and the Vale Academy. Cathy grew up locally, in Harpenden, and went to school in St Albans. She has almost 25 years' teaching experience under her belt, qualifying in 1993 and joining the team at Stockwood Park (then the Barnfield South Academy) in 2009.
Cathy said of her appointment: "I am thrilled to have been appointed CEO of the Shared Learning Trust. I care passionately about the students we teach and will do all I can to ensure each and every child, from the age of two to 18, gets the best possible care and education in our academies."
Cathy's interests outside the classroom include martial arts and she has a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art. She replaces the outgoing Andrew Cooper, who has returned to his native North West, having taken up the CEO position with a stand-alone Trust in Bolton. Cathy added: "I am looking forward to leading the Trust into a new period of growth and development, working with staff, students and parents to ensure the Trust is the best that it can be. "I'm determined to ensure our academies continue to go from strength to strength through great teaching and the dedication and commitment of staff and students alike."
The Shared Learning Trust is a stand-alone multi academy trust which runs a family of four schools based in Bedfordshire:
The Stockwood Park Academy, Luton, ages 11-18, judged 'Good' by Ofsted, The Chalk Hills Academy, Luton, age 11-18, judged 'Good' by Ofsted, The Linden Academy, Luton, age 4-11, judged 'Requires Improvement' by Ofsted, The Vale Academy, Dunstable, age 2-11, judged 'Good' by Ofsted and The Sixth Form, Luton, age 16-19, judged 'Good' by Ofsted (based at Stockwood and Chalk Hills Academy).
Our Academies are supported in their work by our Teaching School, based at The Chalk Hills Academy. The structure of our family of schools means that we can be with a child every step of the way, from teaching them to tie their shoe laces right through to congratulating them on their university place or their first job.
Recruiting the right teachers and staff help us to achieve the goals we set for our children. We are always keen to hear from educators who are passionate about working with the schools and communities we serve. All four Academies at The Shared Learning Trust are a part of our Teaching Trust, which is held at The Chalk Hills Academy. We aim to offer exceptional teacher training and high-quality professional development programmes to new and experienced staff to support them in excelling in their career. Our programmes are facilitated by experienced school leaders, who have exemplary records in leadership and improving outcomes for their students. We are able to cater to specific requests and can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and aspects of Leadership and Management. We currently offer 'The National Award for Middle Leaders', 'The Outstanding Teacher Programme', 'The Improving Teacher Programme' and 'The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership'. As we are a Multi-Academy Trust, there are fantastic opportunities to climb the career ladder. The Shared Learning Trust are a firm believer in helping all staff reach their full potential and developing their career within our Academies. If you are willing and wanting, we will do all we can to put you on the relevant courses and give you the right opportunities so you can keep achieving more in your career. If there isn't a current opportunity at your present Academy for promotion, there will be opportunities to move to one of our partner Academies.
The Chalk Hills Academy - Leagrave High Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 0NE
The Stockwood Park Academy - Rotheram Avenue, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 5PP
The Linden Academy - Osborne Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3HJ
The Vale Academy & The Shared Learning Trust Head Office - Wilbury Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4QP
Phone Number: 01582 211 226