School Improvement

Turner Schools benefits from two teams of specialists who focus on secondary and primary school improvement. These teams are led by three highly experienced senior leaders and include experts in the primary sector in SEND, curriculum development and leadership support, whilst the secondary phase team includes specialist lead practitioners in English, mathematics, creative arts, vocational subjects and modern foreign languages. Our model for school improvement places subject knowledge and teachers’ expertise at its heart, with all cross-trust leads bringing proven records of success to their roles to support staff in becoming expert teachers. 

Turner Expert Teacher Principles 

The value we place on curriculum and teaching as a driver for school improvement is supported by a comprehensive CPD programme for all of our teachers which includes bespoke training, subject knowledge development, coaching, and investment in high quality internal and external courses and qualifications. 

Our subject networks across schools and phases are also highly effective, using knowledge and experience from across the trust to plan collaboratively, moderate student work, support our teachers and develop our curriculum.

david clarkE

Cross Trust Director of Behaviour & Alternative Provision

David moved around the country on his route to training as a teacher via Cardiff and Bath before starting work in East London. Encountering young people with considerable challenges highlighted an unknown need to him which he wanted to support. He is committed to working in areas of the country where there are significant barriers that impact on young people's success.

David relocated to Kent working at Dover Christ Church Academy where he started on his pastoral career before moving to an Assistant Headteacher position for conduct and standards in Sittingbourne. More recently he worked as Deputy Headteacher at an SEN school for SEMH students working to embed school systems before a successful Ofsted inspection in February 2023. He has spent his career working with some of the most vulnerable students in the county developing strategies to keep them included in their education which is continuing in his work across the Turner Trust.

Away from education David enjoys all things rugby and has gone back to school himself to improve his skills as a fledgling rugby coach.

Louise LyTHGoe

Senior Primary School Improvement Lead

Louise chose to stay in her home county to train as a teacher, completing her undergraduate and masters degrees in Kent. After a few years very happily working as a classroom practitioner, Louise contributed to securing an Outstanding Ofsted judgement through her excellent leadership of Mathematics. At this time Louise also gained experience of coaching other teachers in local schools through the National Support School network.

Louise then moved into a senior leadership role as Assistant Principal, SENCo, and then Head of a school requiring significant improvement. She worked to transform the school culture and quality of education, securing pupil outcomes well above national in all key stages and a Good outcome at the following inspection. In 2019 Louise began working for Turner Schools, mentoring a newly appointed principal and, more recently, driving school improvement across the primaries in the trust through her work leading the Primary Improvement Team. Louise was especially proud to lead one of the Trust primaries through its recent Ofsted inspection, securing a Good judgement for the first time in the school’s history.

Louise’s particular areas of skill include primary school leadership, curriculum design and implementation, and mathematics teaching and learning. Louise helped to establish and is trustee of a charity helping to alleviate child poverty in South India, enjoys days out with her young family and creative cake baking.

Hannah FINCH

Primary Curriculum Lead

Cross Trust Leads

AMELia aslett

Cross Trust Director of Food & Engineering

During her fourteen years of teaching Amelia has taught all areas of the design technology curriculum including, Engineering, D&T, Product Design, Textiles, Electrics, Graphics, all different food study courses including Hospitality & Catering and Food & Cookery. 

She has a wealth of knowledge from her industry days and uses this to ensure that our pupil community across the Trust receive the best possible experience within the classroom and beyond, ensuring fantastic outcomes and preparing for Post 16 studies. 

kelly corroyer

Cross Trust Director of Science

Teaching in Kent since 2005; Kelly loves working in coastal schools, equipping students with the skills they need to understand real life science when they leave the classroom. She is particularly passionate about biology, especially lifestyle-health and anatomy.  

Leading teams since 2011, Kelly has over a decade of experience, developing teachers and school leaders both within and outside of the classroom.

In 2023 Kelly joined Turner Schools, leading Science across the three Trust secondaries, ensuring that their ambitious vision is achieved.

morgan chatten

Cross Trust Director of English

Morgan completed her teacher training in 2011 whilst working in West London where she developed her coaching and mentoring skills before becoming an ALT for coaching and Induction Tutor with SSAT.  

Morgan then went on to become the KS5 leader for English and Lead Practitioner in Education Research and Continued Professional Development whilst working in East London. Whilst continuing to train lead practitioners, Morgan held the position of Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and worked closely with SCITTs and Universities to establish ITT and ECT Induction, and to design and implement cross-trust leadership development programmes. 

Before moving to Kent,  Morgan completed her MA in Leading Change in Complex Organisations with the Institute of Education at UCL and has since become a facilitator for the NPQ - leading Literacy. 

Morgan has used her experience of leading change to support in improving outcomes in rural and coastal communities and is dedicated to ensuring that the Cross-Trust vision for the English curriculum is achieved.  

MAtthew crampton-BISSET

Trust Lead Practitioner of Mathematics

Matt read Mathematics at The University of Nottingham from 2012-2015 before completing his PGCE through Canterbury Christ Church University. Matt developed his teaching, specialising in A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics before moving into a selective school environment. Here he continued his passion of post 16 teaching as well as taking on the position of Primary Liaison Lead, building relationships with local primary schools offering lessons taught by subjects specialists both in Primary and Secondary settings. Matt took on the role of Achievement Leader for Year 11, raising student progress across all subjects. He has been mentoring and coaching teachers since 2013 and has a passion for developing teachers, focusing on "why" Mathematics works, rather than "how" Mathematics works.

Matt joined Turner Schools as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics in 2021, leading Teaching and Learning in Mathematics at Folkestone Academy, before starting his role as Trust Lead Practitioner of Mathematics in 2023, where he is responsible for Teaching and Learning in Mathematics. 

Matt is currently studying for a Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaching through the Institute for Leadership and Mentoring and working with the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics to complete his Professional Development course and become a Secondary Mastery Specialist.

keith denchfield

Cross Trust Director of Maths

Keith started his teaching career at Dover Christ Church Academy (then Archers Court) before moving onto various roles; Advanced Skills Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, National Strategies Advisor and Kent Maths Lead. 

Having worked across the whole of Kent, he has laterly focussed on working with Trusts, establishing Mathematics Mastery across a Trust of 12 schools, whilst also representing Mathematics Mastery on outreach work.

Since joining Turner Schools Trust he has led on establishing Mastery across the three secondaries and is focussed heavily on mathematics teacher recruitment and development. He has marked GCSE exams for AQA for 5 years.

When not thinking about numbers, he enjoys walking the dog on Herne Bay beach and dreams of once again doing a triathlon, waistline permitting.

louisa eede

Cross Trust Director of Sport

Louisa started her career as a PE teacher at The Robert Napier School. She soon progressed to Head of Dance at Westwood College in Bexley and then to Head of Department at Clarendon Girls Grammar School. 

After starting her family she began her journey at the Folkestone Academy where she has had several roles; including Head of Girls PE, Head of Key Stage 5 PE, Head of Sport in The Community, Head of House and more recently Director of BTEC and currently Director of Sport.  

Working across all secondaries and primary schools, she is passionate about improving the life chances of young people through the positive impact sport and physical activities both physically and mentally. She is dedicated to encouraging pupils to be active in sport beyond the classroom. 

Louisa passion is sport, she currently plays in a netball league and runs for Folkestone Athletic Club. 

She will be completing her first marathon in London this year and also enjoys a holiday or two!  

robert field

Cross Trust Director of Music

Robert studied Music Production at Southampton Solent University and played guitar in many bands growing up. Robert started working in education in 2014 as a teaching assistant and technician for the Creative Arts faculty. He has since been a teacher and Head of Department for the Music department at Folkestone Academy. 

In this time Robert has worked on improving the curriculum as well as extracurricular activities offered. He has a passion for making music accessible for every pupil no matter what their circumstances are. 

During his time in the department he is proud to have worked with the teachers to produce fantastic music concerts and productions such as Academy Rocks which has been running for nearly ten years now, School of Rock, High School Musical, Christmas Concerts and Light Switch On events and many more.

Robert believes that music has the power to appeal to everyone and he has worked to develop a Music Technology curriculum so that pupils with an interest in electronic music also have an avenue to develop their creativity.  

Recently Robert has gained funding for underprivileged pupils to receive free music tuition to further bridge the gap and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express themselves through music. 

Michelle foxwood

Cross Trust Director of Creative Arts

Michelle studied Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and then exhibited as a practising artist from 2007-2009.  Michelle then completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education, University College London in 2009.  Michelle developed her classroom practice in art education working in several schools across South East London before leading a department in Southwark for the Ark Network in 2014.  She was then appointed Network Lead for Art and Design across Ark Secondaries in 2016. This role involved providing subject specific CPD for art teachers across the network, monitoring assessments/moderation processes and acting as a consultant to individual schools within the network. Michelle also rose to the post of Head of Creative Arts Faculty in 2018.

In 2020, Michelle returned to Folkestone (her hometown) with her young family and began working for Turner Schools. Her role includes mentoring heads of department within the creative arts and driving improvement within curriculum and teaching and learning.  Michelle is responsible for overseeing creative arts provision across the Trust and has established initiatives such as the Creative Arts Scholarship at Folkestone Academy and Trust wide events Turner's Got Talent and the annual Turner Creative Arts Exhibition. 

bex cross lees

Cross Trust Director of Modern Foreign Languages

Bex has been teaching languages in Secondary schools in both selective and non-selective settings for the past twelve years, and as a leader for the past nine. Studying languages for the first time at secondary school, she began with German, and subsequently studied French, taking both for A Level and adding Spanish at university where she studied all three at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Before beginning her studies Bex volunteered to teach French in Morocco. She also spent a year abroad, in Aix-en-Provence and Andalucía.  

Growing up with solely English speaking parents, she has succeeded in learning languages only through learning them at school and strongly believes language learning is achievable for everyone, no matter their previous knowledge. Her aim is to provide a curriculum which enables communication and confidence and is applicable in real-world settings, as well as being ambitious for examination success for all pupils. 

Alison monkley

Cross Trust Director of SEND

Ali has been committed to working in mainstream, non selective schools in Kent and Medway for the past 22 years. She has a range of teaching experience in a variety of curriculum areas. Her focus for the past 10 years has been on adapting and modifying the mainstream curriculum for pupils who have a variety of needs that create potential barriers to learning. It therefore has been inevitable that since joining the Trust in 2018 she has focused on supporting pupils with SEND. She has striven to develop inclusive practice both within Folkestone Academy and across Turner’s secondary schools ensuring that our communities understand that SEND is everyone’s responsibility and that the best place for pupils to learn is with their peers. Ali is now our Senior Director of SEND for the Trust and works closely with the Directors of SEND at DCCA and TFS to ensure consistency and quality of provision for all our pupils with SEND. 

katie norris

Cross Trust Director of PSHE

Katie studied Sports Science at Canterbury Christ Church University from 2008-2011. Katie began her teaching career in a specialist provision where she supported pupils with emotional behavioural needs and disabilities with both their learning needs and personal development.  

In 2012, Katie started a Schools Direct placement at Folkestone Academy. Katie gained QTS status whilst working in the PE department in 2013.  

Katie then developed her leadership skills through her role as Key Stage 3 lead in PE. Whilst Katie has a passion for PE and is committed to driving high quality provision in physical development, in 2020 she relished the opportunity to lead PSHE – when it was made a statutory part of the curriculum – at Folkestone Academy.  

Katie’s enthusiasm and passion allowed her to raise the profile of the subject with great success. Her commitment to the importance and value of the subject enabled her to develop and implement a bespoke curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the children at Folkestone Academy.  

In 2021 Katie was appointed as PSHE trust lead, in this time she has developed several projects such as student council, the character curriculum, the tutor programme, running charity appeals, community days and an online safety roadshow, which was delivered to all schools within the Trust.

In 2023 Katie’s responsibilities broadened to further develop Personal Development at Folkestone academy.  

Ann Marie piper

Early Years Lead Practitioner

Ann-Marie Piper is a Reception teacher based at Morehall Primary. 

As a EYLP her role allows her to work across the Turner Schools primaries within their Early Years settings, developing the curriculum and provision. An important aspect of Ann-Marie's role is working alongside the Early Years leaders, teachers and support staff, to enhance and improve practice so that all children make a strong start. 

When not working with the little ones, she like to take the time to relax and enjoy a spot of paddle boarding!

alex silver

Cross Trust Director of Vocational

Alex has always had a passion for IT and technology which led him to study this through college and University. After finishing education he decided that he wanted to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject with younger people, which is where he began his journey at Folkestone Academy in 2012. He became the Head of ICT and Computing in 2013 and took over leading the Vocational Faculty in 2015.

Alex has been teaching BTEC and Vocational qualifications for over 13 years so has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

When not at work he is a keen windsurfer and mountain/road biker.

martyn waghorn

Cross Trust Director of History

Martyn first started teaching in 2003 and has a consistent track record of improving results in the schools he’s worked in. Martyn has successfully supported previous schools in coming out of special measures and achieving gradings of Good or above. 

Martyn has experience of coaching and mentoring staff throughout his career and has supported these individuals to develop their classroom practice particularly with regards to behaviour management and adapting lessons to best support  pupils.  

In 2023 Martyn joined the Turner Trust, leading History across the Trust schools, ensuring that pupils are supported to achieve the best that they can within their History studies.