Board of Trustees
Chair of the Trust
Adam is Head of Governance and Compliance and Company Secretary at a Multi Academy Trust in West Yorkshire. Previously he was a Solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in Dispute Resolution, Employment and Insolvency. He was a Partner in a small niche firm which merged with a large regional firm. He has dealt with a wide variety of matters in Court up to and including the Court of Appeal. He lives in Beverley with his family and has been a co-opted Governor at Longcroft School and Sixth Form College since 2015 and Chair of Governors since 2017. He has worked with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Wonder Learning Partnership to effect a partnership arrangement for the improvement of Longcroft.
Chief Executive Officer of the Trust
Jonathan is Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of the Wonder Learning Partnership (formerly the Wolds Learning Partnership). As Headteacher at Woldgate School he led the school from Requiring Improvement to Good, transforming the quality of education, outcomes, raising the number on roll and addressing an historic deficit. It was identified by the Department of Education as one of the ‘top 100’ most improved schools in the country in 2016 and is now heavily oversubscribed. The improvement journey was published in a national journal and resulted in an invitation to parliament. In 2018 he became a National Leader of Education. He was appointed to work with a junior and secondary school at this time by the Department of Education. The junior school (now part of the Trust) under the leadership of a dynamic headteacher was graded as ‘Good’ in 2019 – the first time in the school’s history. The secondary school had successive ‘Requires Improvement’ judgements. The resulting secondary intervention led to improved GCSE outcomes, and it was regraded to ‘Good’ in 2022 following the pandemic. In 2019 Jonathan was also appointed Executive Headteacher of Longcroft School following GCSE results that placed the school in the bottom 10% nationally. The Progress 8 score increased from minus -0.5 to be in line with National and the school is currently, with a new Headteacher, awaiting inspection.
He was previously Deputy Head at an Academy graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and experienced the transformation of that school from it being one parents actively sought to avoid due to its reputation, into one that was highly successful and oversubscribed. Throughout this period, he was closely mentored by three highly successful and dynamic Headteachers, completing his NPQH at Manor School in York. As Academy Lead, he oversaw the academisation of Archbishop Holgate’s School and the creation of inhouse procedures for finance, personnel and operations. He had also, in this time, contributed to the design, creation and construction of a new Sixth Form that would be recognised by the Department of Education as the highest performing vocational centre in the country, it would also achieve ALPs 1 for A-Level and BTEC provision. As the founder and Head of the Pathfinder Teaching School, he has led on school improvement, staff development, leadership and teacher training, establishing one of the most successful Teaching Schools in the region.
Jonathan was also made a Lay-Canon by the Archbishop of York and appointed to the Chapter of York Minster as a non-executive Trustee in September 2023.
Outside of work, Jonathan is a father to his three children, a Formula One fan, enjoys cycling, reading and is an amateur gardener.
Vice Chair of the Trust
John is a determined, innovative and successful waste and renewable energy professional. He has created and delivered new European markets for waste wood biomass and refuse derived fuels for large corporate clients and many smaller businesses. He continues to advise, negotiate fuel contracts and supply waste derived fuels throughout the UK and Europe. In tandem with this work John and partners have developed a £30 million combined heat and power plant burning waste wood biomass at Holbrook, near Sheffield. This supplies heat to the local district heating schemes and electricity to the Grid. His family firm farms a small mixed unit in the Scottish Borders. A governor of 12 years standing at primary, federation primaries and secondary school means John brings both passion for children’s education and extensive experience in governance of schools. He is particularly adept at working with schools bringing to bear his extensive finance and development skills developed in his working life. He also brings extensive leadership experience, particularly in working with teams to assess, review strategy, set targets and deliver improved performance. He has also had broad experience in managing organisational change. His enthusiasm for helping to bring about better schools for better outcomes for pupils remains undiminished after many years of governing.
Stephen is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Registered Valuer, Managing Director of RM English and a Partner and Auctioneer at York Auction Centre. As a long-standing Pocklingtonian, he is committed to the continuing development of excellence in our community and schools. He was born and bred in Pocklington and attended Pocklington Community Junior School in the early 60s, so has seen major changes to the school over time. Stephen has previously been a Governor at Pocklington and held specific Governor responsibility for finance, health and safety and the fabric of the school.
Michael qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981 with what is now one of the Big Four firms, EY. He moved out of the profession shortly afterwards and spent the rest of his career in industry and commerce. He has worked in a wide range of businesses from small start-ups to multi-national groups. He has worked in both the building supplies industry and the motor dealership sector. Before his effective retirement in 2018 he spent the last twelve years working at a housing association in Grimsby. In 2020 he stepped in at short notice to deliver the statutory accounts for another housing association in Gainsborough, including a remote online external audit. He is a governor at one other educational institute giving his financial expertise as required. His spare time is taken up with spending time with his partner and maintaining and enjoying his four classic cars ranging in age from 64 years to 101 years. He also enjoys music, reading and the theatre, in particular the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon.
Kerri has 16 years’ experience in governance across primary, secondary and FE. She served on East Riding of Yorkshire council as an elected member from 2007 until 2023. For over 10 years she has served as Chair of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee which monitored all aspects of education, safeguarding and wellbeing. Kerri has been a governor at Longcroft School and Sixth Form College since 2008.
We are committed to educating the whole child and believe that every child should reach their potential. We enable leaders and schools to be ambitious in the education we offer.
We will empower our whole school community through support, development and value in the pursuit of excellence.
We will engage in best practice to develop the personal qualities and aspirations of pupils and staff whilst supporting each school’s ethos and values and embracing each local community.
We will ensure our children and colleagues are exposed to a wealth of experiences and opportunities that broaden their understanding of the world, building both character and confidence.
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Wonder Learning Partnership is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number: 10518602