Jennie Walker

Executive Principal


Principal of St Columb Minor International Academy (10 Years)
Director of ACE (3 years)
Director of KCT
Ofsted Good with Outstanding Features (x 3)
Academy converter July 2011
545 pupils on roll Largest 7-11 Primary in Cornwall
3rd Headship, 20 Years of Headship
Previously LA School Improvement Officer & Ofsted Inspector
Local Leader of Education
School Improvement Partner
Featured in the recent Ofsted Music report: Music in Schools –Sound Partnerships.
NPQH Leadership Development School
National Ashden Award winner for Sustainable Education 2010
As a non- school based Executive Principal, with an impressive background of school improvement work, Jennie works across the trust with Headteachers, leadership teams and governors. For the past four years she has been the lead for the KTSA primary school improvement package. She works with the trust's school improvement officers and leading teachers to implement action plans of joining schools and coordinate school improvement activities for maximum benefit across the trust. Her specialisms are school self-evaluation, performance management, safeguarding and support for new headteachers.

Hazel Callaghan

School Improvement Officer

Previously headteacher of two primary schools
Experience of supporting schools in special measures
Extensive inspection experience as an Ofsted Lead Inspector for schools, pre-schools and children’s centres. Her particular expertise is primary leadership and management
Strong interest in Early Years.
Extensive training experience having worked with middle leaders through to new inspectors.

Robin Cowen

School Improvement Officer

Director for Primary Schools (TLAT - The Learning Academy Trust)
Previously Headteacher of Penryn Academy
Previously Headteacher of 'Outstanding' Penryn Junior School
Held a number of school improvement roles.
Educational consultant The Learning Institute
Well known in Cornwall as having been a previous Chair of Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers

Emma Lawton

Specialist Leading Teacher

Accredited as a Special Leader of Education with strengths in English and Assessment for Learning.
Deputy Headteacher at St Agnes ACE Academy
Previously Assistant Head at St Columb Minor ACE Academy with responsibility for six Lower Key Stage 2 classes and Literacy across the school.
Outstanding classroom practitioner
Previously an Advanced Skills Teacher.

Antus Phillips

School Improvement Officer / Outstanding Headteacher

School Improvement Partner
Headteacher of St Columb Major Academy (12 Years)
Director of KCT (4 years)
Ofsted Outstanding Headteacher
Academy converter July 2011
356 pupils on roll 7-11 Primary
2 previous primary headships totalling 17 Years of Headship

Gill Harper

ACE Trust Finance Director

Senior School Business Manager St Columb Minor Academy
Established NCSL School Business Partnership 2011
Partnership Business Manager to 6 Academies (5 in Cornwall and 1 in Devon)25 Years in Educational Business context
Degree in School Business Management in 2011
Mentor for the national Ashden Trust working with schools in Cornwall and Devon to promote Educational Sustainable Development
Successful in obtaining significant amounts of external funds
Project manager for conversion of two sponsored academies to ACE MAT.
Project manager for conversion of maintained school to ACE MAT
Project manager for conversion of three ‘convertor academies to ACE MAT
Gill has been working with a range of schools as a Partnership Business Manager for the past 6 years. She is able to audit the business and finance functions and provide bespoke support to governors and leadership teams. She specialises in income generation through bids and coordinating project management. She is supported by the ACE business team to provide the best possible assistance for schools in the areas of: Finance and accounts (Angela Andrews), Human Resources and Safeguarding (Jane King), Estate Management (Malcolm Godwin) and Project management (Neil Sampson / Polly Manear).