National Leaders in Education

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Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T. Academies

National Leader of Education (NLE)

I had the privilege of being a Governor and Headteacher of Ambergate Sports College from September 2004 and I held the position of Governor and Executive Head of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship since September 2010. 
Prior to my appointment at Ambergate, I worked as an Assistant Head in an Emotional and Behavioural school in London and Deputy Head in an MLD school in Doncaster.
My role as Chief Executive allows me to work closely with respresentatives from the local community, the local authority and parents in ensuring that CIT strives to provide an outstanding education and place of care for all its students.

Chris Armond, Head Teacher at Woodlands Academy 

National Leader of Education (NLE)

I have worked in Special Education (BESD/SEMH) in Lincolnshire for 22 years. My previous roles include:

  • Head Teacher, Lady Jane Franklin School, Spilsby.
  • Deputy Head,  Sincil Sports College, Lincoln.
  • Assistant Head, Phoenix Academy, Grantham.
  • Senior Teacher, Stubton Hall School.

My current role is Head Teacher of Woodlands Academy, Spilsby. This is a secondary special school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.









Sheridan Edwards, Head Teacher at Denton Primary School 

National Leader of Education (NLE)

I was appointed Headteacher at Denton CE Primary School in 2007 when the school was deep in special measures.  Through complete restructure of systems and processes and robust curriculum development, the school became Outstanding only three years later.  The school has sustained its progress and was re inspected as Outstanding again in 2013. 

Denton Primary School Federated with the larger Harlaxton CE Primary School in September 2011 whilst the school required improvement. I was made Executive Head Teacher over both schools. Since then both Denton and Harlaxton Schools have benefitted from a close working relationship and Harlaxton was graded Good with Outstanding aspects in 2013. 

I also work closely and collaboratively with a number of other rural and urban primary schools whose core function is to develop secure moderation within each year group, robust peer to peer review, a framework of middle and senior leader networks, joint CPD and a shared ethos which promotes high expectations for the progress of every child.

In February 2015, I was made an NLE and Denton CE Primary School became a National Support School. Myself and my team have supported a number of schools and school leaders since then and enjoy working with and learning from colleagues from different schools.

I am excited to be working with LEARN.


Lea Mason - Executive Head Teacher of Lincolnshire Wolds Federation 

National Leader of Education (NLE)

I had the privilege of becoming a headteacher in 2009 at St Bernards, with an already recognised record of supporting school improvement. I was asked to support in the development of St Lawrence and then became executive head when the 2 schools formally federated in 2012.  Since that time the schools have continued to grow from strength to strength, as have the staff team in developing leadership and outcomes both within Lincolnshire Wolds Federation and across other schools and services.  Prior to taking up a headship I worked within the field of special education from first qualifying as a teacher. 

The appointment as an NLE  is a fantastic achievement for all of us across LWF, as well as the Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust.  We have always held an outward facing ethos to improve educational opportunities not only for our own staff and students but those across Lincolnshire and beyond. This recognistion is testament to the dedicated staff across LWF, continually seeking to improve outcomes for all. 
I hold a strong belief in coaching and supporting staff development, across all levels, in order to build sustainable practices for all Lincolnshire children and young people.  Through working in collaborative partnerships and through my role as Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust,  I am afforded the opportunity to work closely with respresentatives from the local community, the local authority and parents in, sharing strengths, knowledge and opportunities, to ensure that Linconshire continues to strive to provide an outstanding education,care and support for all its students.