The Bushey St James Trust


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The Bushey St James Trust is an exciting multi academy trust in Bushey, Hertfordshire made up of two academy schools, Bushey Meads Secondary School and Little Reddings Primary School. The two schools both became a Trust in February 2012 and the purpose behind the joint application was to develop links between primary and secondary phase education. The initial long-term vision of the Trust was to expand further to include other schools and also appoint an executive principal to shape the future work of the Trust. Jeremy Turner was appointed as Executive Principal of the Bushey St James Trust and Headteacher of Bushey Meads School in September 2014 as an experienced and outstanding headteacher to build on the initial vision and shape the effective structures across the Trust to create the capacity for further growth.

 

At the heart of the Trust is the desire to collaborate effectively and enable the two schools to build on their success and improve their performance, drawing on the experience of all staff across the Trust.

 

There is a shared vision to develop first class provision between the two phases and to:

  • aim for excellence in all we do
  • provide students with the best possible start for their futures
  • nurture greater integration and community cohesion
  • provide a programme of high quality continuing professional development and training for all staff to underpin and sustain improvements in teaching and learning
  • emphasize to students the traditional values of self-discipline, responsibility, respect, trust and cooperation

 

The Trust is led by Sam Russell the Chair of the Trust, assisted by Jeremy Turner the Executive Principal of the Bushey St James Trust and the Vice Chair of the Trust Richard Abrahams.

 

Overseeing the work of the Trust is its strategic board. The board is made up as follows:

 

  1. The four members of the Trust Board comprising the Chair and Vice Chair of each Academy. The Board are currently actively looking to recruit an external member to the Trust Board.

 

  1. The Directors comprising the Chair and Vice Chair of each Academy, two appointed representatives from each Academy and the Executive Principal of the Trust. The Board are currently actively looking to recruit up to four new Directors to compliment the current composition of the Trust Board.

 

Members/Trustees/Directors

Sam Russell – Chair of BSJT and Interim Chair of Governors and appointed representative of Little Reddings School

Richard Abrahams – Vice Chair of BSJT, Vice Chair of Governors and appointed representative of Bushey Meads School

Di Hoeksma – Chair of Governors and appointed representative of Bushey Meads School

Rev Dave Poultney – Vice Chair of Governors and appointed representative of Little Reddings School

 

Directors

Jeremy Turner – Executive Principal of the BSJT

Further Information about the Members Trustees and Directors of the Trust Board is provided below:

 

Members/Trustees/Directors

Chair of Bushey Meads School Local Governing Body

Dinah Hoeksma
Specialist Area: Finance and Accountability

 

Di has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and school Governor, the latter including Primary and Special schools in Bushey.  With over 12 years of experience as a local Boroudigh Councillor she has an excellent knowledge of the local area as well as many contacts locally. Chairing the Scrutiny Committee and Leisure Committee, as well as being a Financial Monitor responsible for overseeing the Council’s budget and expenditure, she has real strengths in the area of financial accountability and securing best value. She was instrumental in helping to set up a Women’s Refuge in Watford and for several years was the Treasurer of this organisation.

More recently she has been a key member of a group who have established a Senior Citizens’ Day Centre in Borehamwood and has been approached to be a Trustee for Community Action Hertsmere.  

 

Chair of Bushey St James Trust

Interim Chair of Little Reddings School Local Governing Body
Sam Russell
Specialist Area: Recruitment, HR and Relationship Management

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Sam Russell moved to Bushey when he was ten years old, attending Bushey Hall School (now the Bushey Academy) before taking a degree in European Politics at the University of Kent. Sam has been a School Governor for nearly 10 years, starting at Bushey Meads School. When Bushey Meads and Little Reddings became the Bushey St James Academy Trust, he became an elected Bushey Meads Trustee. In August 2013, he took over as Chair of the Trust. At this time, the Trust was in need of new

Headteachers for both schools and he coordinated the process which resulted in the recruitment of Mr Turner and Miss Simmonds to the Trust.


Sam is a Railway Manager, where amongst other things, he works on recruitment and people management as well as local community engagement. Previously, he worked in Local Government, including a short time supporting colleagues in Schools and Social Care. He lives with his wife, Gemma and his baby son, Rowan.

 

Vice Chair of Bushey St James Trust

Vice Chair of Bushey Meads School Local Governing Body

Richard Abrahams

Specialist Area: Business Improvement and Innovation

 

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Richard runs an International Training and Development company working with clients from diverse industries such as Oil & Gas, IT, Food and Retail, Recruitment and Schools (to name a few), where the essence is on ‘unleashing the talents within the organisations’.  Richard is the author of two books, ‘The Fire Free Work Day’ and ‘Your Pocketful of Inspiration’ and is currently writing his third book called ‘Time’.  

 

Richard is known for his productivity results, where he shows individuals and businesses how to get ‘More from Less’.  

He specialises in ‘Inspiring People to take MASSIVE ACTION’ and helps businesses from one man bands to global, businesses turning over 1.2billion to unleash their full potential.

Richard was a voluntary youth leader for 35 years, before becoming a Governor at Bushey Meads School and has been Vice Chair for the past 9 years.  Richard has previously run an ‘outdoor education’ company specialising in the school industry.  Whilst living in America, Richard worked closely with the ‘Environmental and Adventure School in Seattle, Washington (where his daughter attended), co-leading remote backpacking coastal hikes along the Olympic coastline each year for 6 years even returning after moving back to the UK.

People that work with Richard knows he brings inspiration, enthusiasm and motivation to the table.  He is a forward thinker, always seeking the best way to get results.  In his spare time, Richard enjoys the time spent with his family and extended family.

Vice Chair of Little Reddings School Local Governing Body

Rev David Poultney

Specialist Area: Project and Change Management

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Dave has over 15 years’ experience working in project management. This experience was initially in delivery of railway signalling systems but more recently in the charity and voluntary sector. Dave is now the vicar of a local church (Holy Trinity Bushey) and has been ordained for 7 years. He has a passion for taking on churches that are struggling and turning them around and developing them to the point of long term viability with clear vision and purpose.

 

He has had specialist training in change management and has worked with a number or voluntary organisations to assist them through periods of change and restructuring.

He is involved in a several local charities and was instrumental in setting up Red Trust Bushey which works specifically in the community around Little Reddings and Bushey Meads. He has a passion for restoring local community and the importance of developing community cohesion to enable people to thrive.

 He was part of a team that took the first primary school in Luton through the process of becoming an academy. He has been a governor at both primary and secondary schools for over 7 years. 

Trustees/Directors

Executive Principal of Bushey Meads School

Jeremy Turner

Specialist Area: Education Strategy and School Improvement

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Jeremy has over 20 years of experience working in a diverse range of secondary schools in Inner and Outer London and Hertfordshire and over 15 years’ experience of school leadership at a senior level. This experience has involved working with all aspects of school governance and trusts. He has been a Lead Strategic Partner in four teaching and learning partnerships and consortiums, served on the Barnet School Forum and at a regional level on various Educational Management Committees. He has participated in Local Authority Strategic Reviews and has worked at a National Level on the Strategic Board of Partners in Excellence (PiXL) since 2008.  

He has supported the work of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and the National Leadership College speaking at many conferences and developing the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and Senior Leadership Development programmes.

 

In his previous school where he was the Headteacher for 8 years, Governance in 2011 was rated as Outstanding and, under the re-inspection in 2014, Leadership and Management was rated as Good with Outstanding features and Governance as a ‘real strength of the school’. His work with the Bushey St James Trust, highlighted by Ofsted and the Local Authority, has included a formal review of Governance at Little Reddings School.

 

The Trust Board meets termly and the schools in the Trust are held to account for their performance against pre-agreed key performance indicators. The philosophies that underpin the trust are those based on partnership and collaboration and the Trust board wants to ensure that all children receive the best possible education and that all staff working in the trust are well equipped to deliver this.

 

The Bushey St James Trust values, underpinning the work of the Trust, aim to:

 

  • deliver educational excellence
  • ensure all children exceed expectations
  • prepare young people for the future
  • ensure that the Trust enhances the local community
  • ensure that the schools within the Trust are happy, safe and inclusive
  • support families to encourage aspiration
  • act with responsibility, accountability and transparency
  • create a seamless educational experience
  • encourage independence and creativity
  • inspire, nurture and empower all staff who work within the Trust  

 

Jeremy Turner

October 2016

 


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June 2016


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