John is an outstanding leader with over 20 years of successful headship experience and a track record of improving schools. As headteacher of Belleville Primary from 2000 to 2016, he led the school from “in danger of failing” to outstanding and nationally recognised for excellence. In recognition of its capacity and commitment to support others, under John’s leadership Belleville was designated as a National Support School in 2009, a National Teaching School in 2011, an Academy Sponsor in 2013 and a Maths Hub in 2014. John is a National Leader of Education and a Fellow of the National College for Teaching and Leadership. He has been the Executive Headteacher for the trust since 2016.