Chief Executive Officer

Alice Witherow

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Alice has over twenty-five year’s experience in education, twenty of those in leadership posts, most recently Headteacher. She has worked for local authorities supporting schools to improve as well as in the voluntary sector, where she worked to establish training and support for safeguarding work in schools. She chairs the Newcastle Schools Safeguarding Partnership and represents schools on the Newcastle Safeguarding Children’s Board. She has also been seconded to Newcastle Local Authority School Improvement Service and has a wide range of experience in supporting schools as an Associate Headteacher. During her fifteen year Headship at Benton Park Primary, the school improved from satisfactory to outstanding and grew from a pupil body of 235 to 440. She is a director of the Ouseburn Learning Trust, a collaboration of seven primary schools and one secondary school and served as vice chair of governors on the governing body of the secondary school.

Having graduated from Glasgow University with an M.A. in English Literature, she completed a P.G.C.E at Jordanhill College of Education but began her teaching career in Tilbury in Essex, in a school serving the ninth most economically deprived ward in England.

Following a short time as an education advisor for the NSPCC, she moved to Newcastle taking up a second Deputy Headship and then a Headship. She has a keen interest in Early Education and in the development of the curriculum, having worked with the QCA to develop curriculum materials for schools. She has lectured at both Newcastle and Northumbria Universities on topics such as educational leadership and creative curriculum.

In her spare time, she likes to cycle or take trips to the beach with her family. She lives by the sea and enjoys being outdoors in all kinds of weathers.