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Local Leaders of Education


LLEs are Headteachers with at least three years' experience and a track record of good / outstanding leadership and management. They work with other schools to develop the leadership capacity of those schools in order to help raise standards. They have a coaching and mentoring role with  Headteachers / senior leaders of schools in challenging circumstances.

Ron Jenkinson - Executive Head Emmanuel Middle School; Headteacher St Michael's Middle School

Ron has been in education since 1991 and has worked at five middle and one primary school in various year groups and leadership roles. Over the last 14 years he has been a headteacher of three different schools; taking one school from satisfactory to good, another from good through to two consecutive outstanding inspections and since September 2013 he has been Headteacher at St Michael’s Middle, Wimborne which is currently ‘good’. In January 2018 Ron took up the post of Executive Head at Emmanuel Middle School alongside his substantive role at St Michael’s.


In 2012, at the request of the Director of the Salisbury Diocese, Ron became a Director of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust which now consists for 13 sponsored academies. The trust is a collaboration with Cambridge Education Associates with a very strong focus on school improvement.


Ron completed his Masters in Education covering the topics of Learning and Leadership initially through Southampton University and latterly through the OU graduating in 2005. In the Autumn of 2011, he undertook the Local Leader in Education training shortly after also becoming a School Improvement Partner to two underperforming schools in Dorset. Both schools significantly improved their attainment profile in difficult extenuating circumstances.


Between 2009-11 Ron was Director of the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership, an innovative and pioneering partnership of 19 schools in the Dorchester area. This was a part-time role alongside his substantive post helping to provide strategic leadership for the collaboration of the schools involved.


In 2007 Ron was invited, by the then Secretary of State for Education, to join one of the Expert Groups advising the Government in its production of the Children’s Plan in 2008. He was subsequently asked to remain on the group while it reviewed the impact of the plan in the years immediately after its release.


In 2010, Ron’s then school became one of the first middle schools in the country to become a specialist Science and Maths School. More recently it was one of the first schools in Dorset to become a convertor Academy.


Andrew Turrall - Executive Headteacher, Colehill First School & Hayeswood First School 

Andrew has been in education since 1988 and has taught in six very diverse school settings across Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Dorset. He has experience of first, primary and middle schools, teaching all year groups from year 1 to year 7 inclusive. Since 2005, he has been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne, which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted.  Prior to taking up this post, he held Deputy Headships in schools in Bournemouth and Winchester.  His areas of subject expertise include mathematics, geography, history and English.


Since 2009, Andrew has provided school to school support, firstly as a School Improvement Partner and latterly as a Headteacher contributor to Teaching School support packages, working alongside an NLE.  Since 2015 he has led the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme for Wimborne Teaching School.  In January 2018, he gained accreditation as a Local Leader of Education, and also undertook the role of operational lead for Wimborne Teaching School from January to December 2018.


In January 2019 Andrew was appointed Executive Headteacher of Hayeswood First School in addition to Colehill First School, and divides his time equally between the two schools.


Cindy Pritchard - Headteacher, Allenbourn Middle School


Cindy has been in education since 2001 and has taught in four diverse school settings across Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Dorset. She has experience of middle and secondary schools, teaching all year groups from Year 5 to Year 13 inclusive. Between 2006 and 2010, she held positions as Assistant Head and Deputy Head in a Hertfordshire secondary school, a Hampshire secondary school and a Dorset middle school. Prior to qualifying as a teacher, Cindy worked as a Special Educational Needs Officer in Hertfordshire.

In 2013, Cindy was appointed to the headship of West Moors Middle School and led the school during its journey from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ at Ofsted. In September 2015, she became Headteacher at Allenbourn Middle School. As a school leader, she has provided school to school support and in January 2018 gained designation at a Local Leader of Education.

Adam Parsons - Headteacher, Verwood CE First School

Adam has been a Headteacher since 2002.  He has been the Headteacher of a primary school in North Dorset and is currently the Headteacher of Verwood CE First School.  Ofsted judged Verwood CE First School as Outstanding in May 2009 and SIAMS judged the school to be Outstanding in May 2014.

Adam has held a range of roles such as a director of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT), a School Self-Evaluation Partner (SEP), a Professional Partner for new Headteachers and is a Local Leader of Education (LLE).  Adam is passionate about leadership, personal and professional development of self and his staff and ensuring that the children get a great educational opportunity.  Adam has taught in a wide range of settings across six Dorset schools and is excited about the partnership working opportunities that the WAT will bring.


Katharine Anstey - Headteacher, St John's First School 


Katharine has been in education since 1996 and has taught in very diverse schools in East London, Crawley, Southampton, Devon and Dorset. She has had experience of primary and first schools teaching from Reception to Year 6.

In 2014 Katharine was initially appointed as Head of School and then in May 2018 appointed as Headteacher of St John’s CE First School.  She is now Headteacher at Merley First School.

As a school leader Katharine is experienced in providing school to school support. From 2014-18 she was a SLE in Maths providing school improvement support and in October 2018 gained designation at a Local Leader of Education.

She has worked with Wimborne Teaching School in leading the Maths school improvement work and school to school support, working closely with the Jurassic Maths Hub. In March 2018 Katharine became strategic lead for a cohort 2 SSIF project ‘ Developing pedagogical expertise in KS2 Mathematics’, leading 9 Maths SLE’s in 15 schools across Dorset.