Our team

Our National Heads Council


Mr Martin Bayliss, Headteacher, Holyhead School, Birmingham

Martin is a National Leader in Education and has been Principal at Holyhead for over ten years. The school has a longstanding reputation for ‘succeeding against the odds’ despite serving one of the most deprived wards in the UK.

Under Martin’s headship Holyhead became one of the country's first Training Schools in 2002; a Specialist Business and Enterprise College in 2004, a Foundation School in 2006 and an 11-19 school in 2010 having established Sixth Form provision on site for the first time. Holyhead converted to an Academy in August 2011.

When Martin began his headship at Holyhead in 2002 the school had just achieved 21% 5 A* - C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics. Holyhead was then undersubscribed. This year, 70% of Holyhead students achieved this benchmark and the school has over 200 students on the waiting list for Year 7.

Ms Allison Crompton, Headteacher, Middleton Technology School, Manchester

Allison Crompton, CBE, is Head Teacher of Middleton Technology School, Rochdale. The school was awarded Outstanding in all aspects by Ofsted in 2006. The school was further recognised in Ofsted’s publication 12 Outstanding schools: Excelling against the odds 2009.

Allison is a National Leader in Education and the CEO of the Pioneers Trust, named to honour the first Rochdale Pioneers who began the world wide co-operative movement. The Trust is a co-operative self improving school partnership of all secondary and post 16 educational institutions in Rochdale focussed on eradicating underperformance and insisting on excellent academic outcomes for every young person regardless of background or circumstance.

She believes people are the most valuable asset a school can have and that talent development –developing leaders at every level is a key to success. Allison has supported her middle leaders on the TL Fellows programme.

Ms Annette Hall, Executive Principal, The E-Act Academies Leeds West & Leeds East

Annette Hall began teaching English just north of Newcastle at a large, dynamic comprehensive school in Cramlington which became a Leading Edge school. Moving to North Tyneside local authority and then on to a high achieving school in North Yorkshire as Head of English, she maintained a love for her subject as well as developing skills in the leadership and management of teaching and learning. During a spell as the Secondary English Adviser for North Yorkshire CC Annette broadened her experience through becoming link adviser for 12 primary schools in the idyllic surroundings of Swaledale. As Deputy Head of a very high achieving school in Yarm Annette was also a member of the RSC's advisory panel "Teaching Shakespeare: Time for Change" which reported to Ofqual. The breadth of experience in varied settings proved invaluable in the transformation agenda when Annette took over a Leeds school which languished at the bottom of every league table. She was subsequently appointed as Principal when the school was academised with the sponsor E-ACT. The academy at Leeds West is the most improved school in the city, gaining a 'good' judgment with outstanding leadership and management earlier this year. Annette is now Executive Principal of two E-ACT academies in Leeds.

Mr James Haseldine, Headteacher, Stretford High School, Manchester

James qualified as a PE teacher in 1999 and has taught in 4 schools over 14 years, providing him with a wealth of experience of schools in special measures to outstanding, in the state and the private sectors. James gained his Masters degree at Manchester University in 2007 and joined the Future Leaders Headship development programme in 2008.

James became Headteacher of Stretford High School, a non selective school in the selective authority of Trafford in 2010. In three years under James leadership, the school has been transformed from one that faced closure, to a school that is now oversubscribed, has seen a 6% increase in attendance, an 11% reduction in persistent absence, a £4 million facility investment project and is bucking the achievement gap trend.

Stretford High School is an Outstanding school, is rated as an Outstanding ITT provider and was cited by OFSTED in the English outstanding practice guide. Stretford High School supports teacher and leadership development by working with Teach first, Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders.

Mr Peter Hughes, Headteacher, Mossbourne Academy, London

Peter joined Mossbourne Academy in 2007 as associate vice-principal and has been principal since 2012. He has led his students to an 82% GCSE pass rate and his school was recognised as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. Peter has worked at two further inner city schools in England. Originally from Australia, he qualified as a maths teacher before moving to the UK in 1998. He has supported nine of his middle leaders on our TL Fellows programme.

Mr Declan Jones, Principal, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, London

Declan has lead Hatcham College students to achieve a 78% GCSE pass rate and his school was most recently graded ‘outstanding’ by ODSTED. He has supported middle leaders at his school on our TL Fellows programme.

Ms Anne Pontifex, St John Bosco, Croxteth

Anne Pontifex is the Headteacher of St John Bosco Arts College, graded by Ofsted as outstanding.  Anne is a National Leader of Education and has provided support to other educational establishments on the journey for school improvement.

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Ms Christine Quinn, Principal, Ninestiles School, an Academy

Christine Quinn has had three headships within the Ninestiles Federation in the last ten years. Between 2001 and 2004 she was Headteacher of Waverley School and then Headteacher of The International School – both Birmingham schools were the most improved in the city in 2003 and 2004 respectively.  She has been Principal of Ninestiles since September 2004 and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Ninestiles Plus, the school’s trading company.  Ninestiles has been categorised as ‘outstanding’ during its last three Ofsted inspections and became Birmingham’s first “convertor” academy on 1 January 2011.  In March 2012, Ninestiles was recognised as a National Support School, and Christine as a National Leader in Education.  Also during March 2012, Ninestiles was awarded Teaching School status.   The academy’s current mission statement commits it to moving from being a high performing end of 20th century school to a genuine successful 21st century school.

Ms Charlotte Robinson, Rokeby School, London

Charlotte became head of Rokeby School in 2008 and has led her students to a 65% GCSE pass rate and has been recognised as head of an outstanding school by OFSTED. She has supported her middle leaders on our TL Fellows programme.

Delia Smith OBE, Principal, ARK Academy, London

Delia Smith is the founding principal of Ark Academy, judged ‘oustanding’ at its last OFSTED inspection. She is also a National Leader of Education and has been awarded an OBE for services to education. Delia was previously the head teacher of St Angela’s Ursuline School in Forest Gate for 16 years and has also been a schools’ inspector. Delia has supported her middle leaders on both our TL Fellows programme and our TL Teams programme.

Ms Pat Walters, Headteacher, Holte School, Birmingham

Mr Nick Weller, Executive Principal, Dixons City Academy, Bradford

Nick Weller is Executive Principal of the four Dixons Academies in Bradford, three secondary and one primary.  The outstanding Dixons City Academy is a former City Technology College and the flagship of the Group.  Dixons Allerton opened as a sponsored Academy on the site of the former Rhodesway School in 2009 and has made rapid progress since.  Dixons Trinity Academy and Dixons Music Primary opened in September 2012 under the Government’s Free School programme.

Nick was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2010.  He also works for one day a week as Chief Executive of the Bradford Partnership, a school-to-school improvement company established by the local secondary headteachers to replace the Local Authority service.

In 2011 Nick was elected Vice Chair of the Independent Academies Association, which represents the views and interests of Academies nationally, and became its Chair in January 2013.

Mrs Pamela Wright OBE, Headteacher, Wade Deacon School, Widnes

Pamela Wright OBE, Executive Headteacher of Wade Deacon High School leads an outstanding school. Ofsted judged all twenty-four areas inspected outstanding with no areas for improvement. In addition, her school is the 2012 TES Secondary School of the Year. Pamela has been a National Leader of Education since 2008 supporting many other schools to improve.
Pamela is passionate about world class opportunities for all pupils; she is totally committed in her conviction that young people come first and deserve the very best education in their one chance at school. Pamela places great emphasis upon developing leaders at every level including supporting middle leaders on the Teaching Leaders programme.

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