CEO, The Stour Academy Trust
Simon O’Keefe is CEO of The Stour Academy Trust, established in 2012 with primary schools across Kent. Simon has many years of experience in leadership. In 2003 his school was top of Kent’s performance tables, in 2006 recognised as the second most successful school in the UK, with this achievement repeated in 2009 in another school. In 2012 the sponsor school was amongst the top 100 schools nationally and judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015. Simon has recently been appointed as a National Leader of Education and his Trust identified as one of the top performing Trusts in the country.
The Journey from Stand Alone School to Multi-Academy Trust
The workshop will focus on the journey from stand-alone school to a successful MAT of eight primaries, with growth predicted to double over the next three years. Lessons learnt on the way and how the Trust’s model of close collaboration and succession planning aims to secure and improve future educational performance.