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Meet the Trustees

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Roy is the Chair of the Lion Academy Trust.

Roy’s long association with Barclay and the Trust stems from being a parent and grandparent to children at Barclay Juniors and Infants – before the amalgamation in 2006. Roy originally joined as a governor from 1981-1984 and then the Treasurer of the PTA. Roy’s grandson was attending Barclay when it went through the amalgamation to become a Primary School – which led to Roy getting involved again as governor. Roy has become increasingly convinced by the quality of the model the Trust has developed and is keen to see this taken out into other schools locally and further afield. Roy’s main focus is on the quality and standards the Trust achieves and ensuring all our schools operate at the highest level for all our learners.

Khalida is a Trustee and is the Vice-Chair of the Lion Academy Trust.

I became a parent governor in 2007 to gain insight into education and to be involved in the community. This has been a very rewarding and enlightening role. My primary education also took place at Barclay infants and junior school. Since 2013, I have been a director appointee governor and in 2014, I became a trustee of Lion Academy Trust (LAT). Within the trust, I also sit on the Finance and Resources Committee.

I have seen Barclay go through so many changes, including the amalgamation in 2006 and conversion to academy status. With each change the school has gone from strength to strength.

In my supportive role as a trustee of the LAT my passion for creating the best opportunities for children in education continues and it is a privilege to continue this journey with the trust.

I believe, “our actions decide our future. There's a bright and prosperous future for all stakeholders”.

Justin has been a headteacher and executive headteacher for over ten years, an early years specialist, dive master and hockey coach. He was approached by the Department of Education in September 2011 to turn Barclay Primary School into a multi-academy trust and assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. With a history of only ever working in the most difficult schools with complex needs, high deprivation and mobility, and low outcomes, Justin led the formation of the Lion Academy Trust (2011) and the Lion Education Trust (2014) to provide structural solutions and support for schools in need of rapid and sustained improvement. Since 2012, Justin and his team have sponsored and converted three inner- and outer-London schools, in addition to the new 1,400-place secondary free school, slated to open in September 2020. As the Executive Principal of Barclay Primary, Justin oversaw the achievement of the "outstanding" Ofsted judgment in April 2016 and continues to drive standards, aspirations and expectations across all the schools in the Trusts.

Hayden qualified as a teacher in New Zealand where he taught for five years in deprived urban areas, including a 1,200 place intermediate school for Years 7 and 8. In 2005, he relocated to the UK to work in primary school settings, firstly as a class teacher, then a middle leader and then as a head teacher, and now as an Executive Head Teacher. He has been part of the leadership team of Barclay Primary since 2008. Between 2011 and 2013, Hayden also supported the leadership teams in several local East London schools that were causing concern as part of a local authority support package. In 2013, he was seconded to Sybourn Primary as the Interim Head Teacher to support the school through a period of instability and turbulence, and to convert the school to academy status. In 2015, 18 months after the conversion of Sybourn Primary into the Lion Academy Trust, the school was judged to be "good" overall with “outstanding” leadership. Hayden is a member of the Trust executive team and is responsible for standards, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and leadership and management of the schools. The most recent Ofsted inspection of Barclay Primary school was judged to be "outstanding" in all areas. Hayden is committed to ensuring that all children are given the right to an outstanding education.

Barbara joins the Lion Academy Trust as a highly experienced governor and trustee working across the education and charity sectors. Barbara has lead on restructuring of senior leadership teams in the maintained sector and has extensive construction, funding and governance leadership expertise. As a previously practicing solicitor, Barbara also brings a well honed set of skills in risk management, procurement and contract management and will bring these considerable skills to her role as Trustee.

Mandy began her teaching career in mainstream primary and then followed a purposeful career path into specialist education. Having worked  as a teacher of primary children with SEMH, she has spent the last 13 years as a senior leader. As SEMH lead for a mixed MAT in Darlington, Mandy was fortunate to lead  the opening the first primary SEMH free school in 2013 which grew significantly and provided places for children across the North-East and Tees Valley.  Mandy was awarded the MBE in 2017 for recognition of her services to special education.   Mandy is currently the VP for Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Horizons Trust. 

Mandy states : "I am privileged to have loved every minute of my career in education and continue to be passionate about the education of our children; particularly those children with additional difficulties to overcome. I believe in the right of every child to receive an excellent education and maintain high expectations of outcomes irrespective of barriers.” Mandy’s appointment to the Lion Academy Trust is welcomed by the Trust Board and Executive who look forward to benefiting from her extensive SEND experience and shared values that have made the Trust so successful to date. 

This continuous pursuit of improvement permeates each level of leadership. Those with positions of responsibility demonstrate passion, purpose and effectiveness in all they do.

Ofsted report, Barclay Primary School