Local Leaders of Education

Meet our NLEs

Kate Evans

Executive Head at Bottisham Village College

Kate has been the Principal of Bottisham Village College since January 2005. During that time the performance of the school has improved significantly, and was judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in 2012. Kate has worked in a variety of schools throughout her career, including 11-18 schools in London and Hertfordshire. She is passionate in her commitment to state education and to ensuring that all young people in her care  have access to an outstanding education. Under her leadership, Bottisham Village College has developed a  relationship-driven approach to education, based on the firm belief that successful learning communities are based on a shared ambitious vision, trust and strong leadership.

Bottisham Village College is committed to working collaboratively with other schools and external organisations to support the development of outstanding opportunities for all young people. Their designation as a Teaching School has accelerated and extended the scope of this work very significantly.

Kate has previously been an SLE and was designated as an NLE in 2013; through these roles she has provided support for headteachers and leadership teams in a range of other secondary schools.

 

Donna Cornwell 

Associate Head of Swaffham Bulbeck Primary and Co-Director of Anglian Gateway Teaching School Alliance

I am currently an Associate Head Teacher of Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School, having been Head Teacher at the school for 15 years. During that time, ‘the school was transformed from a sleepy, little village school into a vibrant learning community’ – the words of a parent. The school was twice judged to be outstanding in all areas.

I firmly believe that the ethos and environment have a considerable impact on learning and we have worked hard as a school to develop both to provide staff and children with a stimulating, challenging place to learn.

My experience over the past 35 years has been mainly with small schools - up to 200 children. There are many benefits of small schools not least of all the personalised approach to children’s learning. However, small schools also have their own challenges especially around subject leadership and management with a small staff team.

I am passionate about learning and as a school we constantly look for new opportunities to inspire and motivate. We can build a very individual curriculum that truly meets the needs of every learner.

In 2012 our school became a Teaching School. Along with Bottisham Village College we formed the Anglian Gateway Teaching School Alliance. We have always been a very outward looking school and truly believe the best results are achieved through partnership and collaboration- .

Our team is keen to learn as well as share what we have learnt with others.