Hi, I'm Martyn Henson and delighted to be a member of the Round Diamond Teaching Alliance Executive Board. I am proud to be the Headteacher at The Nobel School in Stevenage, before that I worked in London schools. This is a very exciting project and I'm both delighted and honoured to be part of it. We have worked closely with Round Diamond School over the last few years and are very keen for it to be successful and influential in Stevenage, North Herts and beyond.
My name is Lisa Hayes and I am Headteacher at Highover JMI and Nursery School in Hitchin. I have been Head here for over a decade and during this time have overseen our full transition from a 1FE to 2FE school. I am a proactive member of the Hitchin School Partnership and am a trustee of the group. I am also a board member of the Hitchin Partnership Behaviour Support Service. I am passionate about Education and pupils' learning and being part of the TSA allows us to make a real difference for staff and pupils across North Herts. I have a proven track record of offering school to school support. Throughout my headship I have successfully carried out the role of Executive Head for several schools across Hertfordshire, as well as providing support as a Professional Partner for numerous new heads across the authority.
Highover has successfully taken on the mantle of EIP (Education Improvement Partner) for 4 Hertfordshire schools and these have proved highly effective in enabling all 4 schools to move from the Ofsted RI rating to Good. I am thrilled that Highover has the opportunity to be a Partner school in the Round Diamond Teaching School Alliance. It provides us with the mechanism for leading high quality and robust school to school support whilst allowing us to identify, train and support future leaders for our schools.
The TSA enables us to participate in evidence based research and development projects which, in turn, helps to improve knowledge of subject leaders and teachers. Being part of the TSA alliance is really important for our staff, they become coaches and mentors, developing themselves in the process. As a partner school it has created opportunities to keep experienced staff motivated and engaged, by allowing our staff to network with other leaders and take part in cross-alliance strand/department activities and meetings, improving practice in our own school and other schools in the Alliance.
My name is Liz Evans and I am Headteacher at Trotts Hill Primary School in Stevenage. To date, I have worked in five successful primary schools locally, in London and the North. Prior to becoming Headteacher at Trotts Hill I was part of the leadership team at Round Diamond School for seven years, leading on inclusion. Throughout my 20 years in teaching, I have taught pupils from Reception to Year 6 and have been a school leader for the past 17 years. I am deeply passionate about education and feel both proud and privileged to serve in the role that I do. I am delighted that Trotts Hill are part of the Round Diamond Teaching School Alliance. The alliance is committed to sharing good practice, research and joint practice development. As a partner school I feel excited about the links and opportunities created for local schools.
Kathy Dunnett - National Leader of Governance
RDTSA Executive Board Member
Kathy Dunnett is a National Leader of Governance, and was recently involved in the re-development of national materials and training for External Reviews. She was recently a Chair of Governors of a primary school, and has previously been a Chair of Governors at a special secondary school. Currently she is a Trustee on the Board of a Multi-Academy Trust and a Member of two single academies. She has recently been appointed at the NLG Advocate for Hertfordshire and Luton.
Clair Goodwin - Round Diamond School Governor
Round Diamond TSA Executive Board Member
My name is Clair Goodwin and as a governor at Round Diamond School, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the Executive Board of the Round Diamond Teaching Alliance. I believe that the possibilities created by having a Teaching Alliance will prove invaluable, not only to the children and teachers at Round Diamond School, but also to the children and teachers in the wider community – as sharing of knowledge and learning is key to continued development.