Our Family of Schools
Nicola joined the Trust as Headteacher of Busill Jones Primary School in April 2023, having previously supported Northwood Park Primary School as governor for curriculum. Nicola has worked across a range of schools within the Black Country over the last 24 years and is particularly passionate about improving outcomes and opportunities in disadvantaged communities. She is an experienced Headteacher with a track record of rapid school improvement, most recently as Headteacher of a secondary school in Wolverhampton taking Progress 8 from -0.9 to +0.15.
Interim Head Teacher
Mrs R Craine
Natalie has been the Headteacher of Lodge Farm Primary School since 2016 and is now head of Northwood Park. For ten years prior to Natalie’s present position, she held various roles in schools across the Black Country. She is an active member of Walsall Local Authority’s Safeguarding Children Partnership and Walsall’s Learning Alliance focussed on improving outcomes for 0 – 19 year olds across the borough. Natalie is also a member of the Fair Access Panel and Schools Forum for Walsall.
Natalie is experienced in all areas of school improvement. She is particularly passionate about safeguarding and families and improving opportunities for all.
Natalie holds a BA Hons in Business and a PGCE in Primary Education.
Lisa has worked at Villiers Primary School since gaining qualified teacher status in 2006. In September 2014, she became an Assistant Head Teacher in a new senior leadership staffing restructure, after the school was placed in Special Measures. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she helped rapidly improve the school in order for it to be removed from Special Measures in just 18 months. In April 2017, Lisa was asked to act as Head of School to support the school’s transition when joining Shine Academies and in April 2018, she was appointed the substantive Head Teacher. In 2017 and again in 2022, Ofsted deemed Villiers to be a ‘good’ school.
During her professional career, Lisa has been an accredited Lead Maths Trainer for Edge Hill University. This involved training and supporting schools in the implementation of quality Maths intervention in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Staffordshire Local Authorities. Lisa is also an NCETM Maths Professional Development Lead.
Having her own child with Special Educational Needs, Lisa is passionate about inclusion and ensuring all children can access a quality education. She believes in providing a nurturing environment in which children and staff are given the opportunity to succeed and develop their talents and interests.