Trust Blog

  • Staff Spotlight with Headteacher Claire Ingrams
    10th Mar 2023

    Claire Ingrams- Headteacher at Lime Wood Primary School What attracted you to Woodland Academy Trust? I have worked for the Trust since its inception having started my teaching career at one of our schools before a federation and Trust process took place. I have seen the difference that working in a MAT can bring; particularly linked to collaborative working and the support that can bring for each other across our teams. Why did you want to become a Headteacher I always loved to play ‘schools’ when I was a child, inspired by my aunt and uncle who were both teachers. As I grew older, my own educational experience; being a child with a statement of special educational needs due to my hearing impairment, and the barriers that my mother faced in challenging the local authority to allow me to stay in a mainstream setting, also inspired me to make a difference to the lives of children.
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  • Staff Spotlight with Headteacher Abigail Oldfield
    6th Mar 2023

    Abigail Oldfield- Headteacher at Willow Bank Primary School What attracted you to Woodland Academy Trust? I live very locally and wanted to be able to work in a community I have been part of for many years. The values driven leadership of the Trust also attracted me as this is also what drives me to work hard and do my best for the children and families we serve. I also enjoy a challenge and I wanted to learn and grow with a new organisation, having worked with another academy trust for a number of years.
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  • Staff Spotlight with Headteacher Carla Ferla
    27th Feb 2023

    Carla Ferla- Headteacher at Peareswood Primary School What attracted you to Woodland Academy Trust? The Woodland Academy Trust values community partnerships, with an emphasis on one community working together to improve the life chances for all. There is an embedded culture of inclusivity and accessibility with an ambitious ethos threaded within all aspects of school life. It is a Trust family, where everyone is supported to be the best versions of themselves through consistent quality first teaching approaches, financial investment in initiatives to enhance learning and teaching, encouraged professional development opportunities, and an appreciation of the importance of spending time with family and friends.
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