Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Lisa Boorman, Lesley Heathcote and Karen Rudd

Ridgeway School’s deputy principal Lisa Boorman becomes principal after the Christmas break.

She joined the Plymouth school in 2014 with a background of teaching maths at schools including South Dartmoor Community College in Devon, Kingsbridge Community College and King Edward VI Community College in Totnes.

Ms Boorman says the school has just opened its new £400,000 sports centre “and we have more exciting developments coming on line. It’s been ‘all go’, and I don’t see that changing any time soon; it’s brilliant, busy and exciting.”

The school is also developing a new purpose-built learning environment to support both academic and vocational learning. Sport England has also just announced it will fund a multi-use games area for the school.

But Ms Boorman says it’s not just about the environment or the resources “it’s about culture. I have a great team here, who are important to what we’re achieving.

“I’m a strong believer in openness, collaboration and sharing best practice. This mindset enables us to ensure that our students receive high-quality teaching and support at every level.”

Ms Boorman, who performed at Glastonbury in the 1990s, studied maths at the University of Surrey.

Lesley Heathcote moves from St Stephen’s primary school in Bradford, to join the Northern Education Trust as principal of Merlin Top primary academy in West Yorkshire.

Her main priority is to move the school from requires improvement to good by putting a “big focus” on literacy.

“We are developing a new library space part of the BD5 literacy festival with year 6 working on a production of Gangsta Granny,” Ms Heathcote says.

“We are raising the profile of reading across the school and literacy in all forms: reading, speaking and listening, spelling, punctuation and grammar, and looking at guiding reading skills of teachers.”

Ms Heathcote is a history graduate.

Karen Rudd has been appointed as an account manager for education finance specialist, HCSS Education.

Ms Rudd, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the education sector, will join an outreach team to help forge relationships with schools and provide them with financial guidance.

She previously worked as a school business manager at St Thomas More Catholic School in London, and for the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership, a group of 80 Catholic primary schools, also as the school business manager.

Ms Rudd said her previous experience will help to build “strong relationships with schools to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction and to grow the HCSS Education network.

“Having worked previously as a school business manager, I have an in-depth understanding of some of the key strategic issues and challenges faced by schools, so will be able to provide customers with financial solutions that truly cater for their needs.”


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