Meet our Executive Leadership Team

Sue Ashton2


Mrs Susan Ashton

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

 My focus is on the strategic operations of the Trust ensuring that our resources and processes are maintained to enable our schools to give children the best possible outcomes.  Driving the vision for the Trust through maximising the funding we receive and spending effectively to ensure our children have access to the facilities and tools that will enable each of them to “Reveal the Champion Within”. 


Exec HT Julie Carson11Mrs Julie Carson

Director of Education

“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting. ” Bowie

 As a child I loved learning. I still remember my primary school days: specific teachers, subjects and approaches that were used within my school, and which ignited my passion for becoming a life-long learner.

While I remember aspects of my maths and English lessons (normally because I was in trouble for talking!), the areas that I remember most are from the wider curriculum that I was offered.

Wondering what delight was being brought in for the ‘nature table’; watching tadpoles develop in to frogs; going on trips to Hadrian’s Wall to support our learning on Romans; accessing a classroom at lunch time so we could practice our rendition of Britain’s Eurovision Song Contest entry for that year………the list is endless. Needless to say, I loved school and all that it had to offer.

That is what I want to recreate for our children across the Trust. I want our children to have the same opportunities that I have had, and that my children have had. For each of them, through our curriculum offer, to find that hidden talent that no one knew they had, and develop it in to a clear strength for their future selves. For each of them to want to be in school every day, excited about that day’s learning.

Yes, maths and English outcomes are highly important so that our children are literate and numerate and can access a whole range of jobs, but just as important is the wider curriculum so our children can thrive in anything they choose to do regardless of their starting points.

Exec HT Claire Ingrams

Miss Claire Ingrams

Executive Head Teacher 

‘You never teach a subject, you always teach a child. You teach children in a way that they will learn, and then things will fall in place for them.’ Dorothy Height, Educator

 Our family of schools have a duty to provide our children with the tools to access their learning, to grow socially and emotionally as well as academically.  Without these tools, the children that pass through the doors of our schools will not have the tools required for the journey that awaits them in their teenage, young adult and adult lives.

These tools come under the guise of a teaching and learning model, which, in turn, allow us to facilitate excellent teaching and learning for our children, giving them the skills that they will need to access their learning as well as support their social and emotional development.

Children should come to school safe in the knowledge that their teachers and adults around them have their best interests at heart, that adults around them know what helps them to learn and what may hinder their learning.  This way the correct provision can be planned.  With all of the tools within the model; it is the aim that children who attend our family of schools will demonstrate that they are motivated and committed to their learning within a positive and caring atmosphere

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Ms Nicole Bradley

Executive Head Teacher

“Do or do not. There is no try.”- Master Yoda
“No one is too small to make a difference.”- Greta Thunberg

As an educator, it has always been my moral purpose to break down the barriers created for children of “disadvantage” to enable them to be the best that they can be.

I have learned that education is the key factor that changes the circumstances of our birth and our life chances; this has certainly been true for me. Therefore, I want to replicate the opportunities that an inclusive education brings for all our children across our family of schools. This means that each child, from whatever their starting point, can fully engage in their learning, secure in their knowledge of being valued and belonging. These values will enable our children, moving forward in life, to continue to build a society where everyone is genuinely included for who they are and what they bring.

Dawn Sydee

Mrs Dawn Sydee

Executive Officer

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

Focus: Strategic management of projects and new development initiatives, nominated Data Protection Officer, representing the CEO in his absence to outside stakeholders; managing communications across the Trust.

With over 30 years Business Management experience Dawn joined the world of Education in 2003 before joining Northumberland Heath in 2008. She has played a key part in the journey of the Trust as it has grown to our current family of schools.

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