Corinium Education Trust

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Who Are We?

The Corinium Education Trust is an ambitious and growing family of schools committed to improving the learning and life chances of children and young people in Cirencester and the South Cotswolds. The structure of our multi-academy trust is predicated on the principles of collaboration, effective team work and school improvement. This is achieved through our rigorous and on-going self-evaluation which informs our strategic planning.



Our Chief Executive Officer and the other school leaders within The Corinium Education Trust meet fortnightly to discuss overall strategy and review progress. Further one to one meetings take place within each school between Chiquita Henson, CEO, and headteachers. We work together to as critical partners: this ensures we can support and challenge each other, our teams and all members of our MAT community to bring about wider school improvement.

Chiquita Henson
Chief Executive Officer and
Headteacher Cirencester Deer Park School


Chiquita has been Headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School since 2003. She is recognised as a National Leader in Education and trained as an Ofsted inspector in 2014. In 2013-14 she contributed to bringing another secondary school out of special measures. She currently chairs an ‘outstanding’ SCITT, the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership and is also chair of GASH Ltd, the training arm of the Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers. As an experienced Headteacher, Chiquita has been a member of a number of national steering groups, including Applied Learning (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) and the DFE’s Leading Edge Programme.



Carol Dougill
Executive Headteacher, Kemble and Siddington Primary Schools


Carol Dougill is currently the Executive Headteacher of Kemble Primary and Siddington C of E Primary Schools. She has been in this post since January 2015. Prior to this Carol was the headteacher at Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary School in Wiltshire for 9 years. Whilst working for Wiltshire Council, Carol worked as a School Improvement Advisor, and supported a range of schools with differing needs. She is an experienced mentor and has supported many headteachers, carried out external peer reviews and acted as a shadow head for others following the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Carol trained as an executive headteacher via the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Carol has worked in schools for over 30 years and is still as passionate about children being happy and achieving well as she was when she started teaching.

Martin Doidge
Cirencester Deer Park School
Finance Director


Martin is a qualified accountant (FCMA) with a background in senior finance positions within the public transport industry. Martin joined Cirencester Deer Park School in 2003 as Director of Support and has been instrumental in the school having a consistently strong financial position for the past 13 years. Martin is a Governor at a local Primary School and is also an SLE working for the Odyssey Training School Alliance where he specialises in work involving school governance, strategic finance and pupil assessment data. Martin is currently Chair of the Gloucestershire Association of School Business Managers which has 225 members in all types of schools across the county.



Karen Venner
Headteacher, Chesterton Primary School


Karen took over as the substantive Headteacher of Chesterton Primary School in September 2017. She has had a progressive career in education over the last 10 years and was selected to be part of the Tomorrow’s Heads programme, prior to becoming Headteacher in 2012 of Kennet Valley C of E Primary School in Wiltshire.  As a trained coach, Karen has mentored and supported other Headteachers in Wiltshire and has clear goals for school improvement. Her hands-on approach ensures there are effective relationships with all stakeholders. Karen is passionate that all learners achieve their full potential through partnership, respect and opportunity.




In addition to the leadership of our Chief Executive Officer, Headteachers and other leaders within our schools, The Corinium Education Trust commissions support from a team of external consultants, including experienced practitioners and former HMIs.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith currently works as an independent consultant, focusing on school improvement. He works mainly in the South West and at an Emirati school, who follow an English curriculum, in Dubai. Previously he was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors for almost 9 years. He led section 5 and section 8 inspections in both primary and secondary schools, including support for schools that are identified as requiring improvement and those in a category of concern. He has undertaken subject inspections for mathematics and survey work for off-site education, anti-bullying, nurture groups and more able students. Prior to being appointed as an HMI he worked the South West regional director for the National Numeracy Strategy and The Secondary National Strategy. He has also worked in secondary schools (11-18, 11-16 and 13-18) as a mathematics teacher, subject leader and as a member of the senior leadership team. He worked as a secondary adviser for a West Midlands local authority.



Ken Buxton

Ken Buxton was appointed a Senior HMI with responsibility for line management in January 2013. Ken started inspecting schools in 1996 and became an HMI in 2000. He is a qualified teacher and educated to MA level. Before joining Ofsted, he held several senior management positions, including three headships. He has worked as a school improvement partner, external assessor, threshold adviser and as a local authority consultant. He has particular expertise of leading inspections of schools and teacher training providers, and has worked previously as a local authority link HMI. Ken has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.


Chiquita Henson

see Our Leadership above



Carol Dougill

see Our Leadership above

Kath Powell

With over 18 years in education Katherine has worked in a variety of settings from The Wirral to Birmingham, Telford and Devon. She held various leadership posts. Two of these roles were as a member of the leadership team that moved the school from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’ category. With a passion for research driven practice, she has completed a MEd at distinction level, spent time as a Research Associate for the National College of Teaching and Leadership and achieved the NPQH. In addition, she has supported colleagues set up research communities of teachers in school. Katherine has spent time working for Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and continues to be a serving inspector for Ofsted alongside working on a consultancy basis for Multi Academy Trusts and schools both in the UK and the UAE. Katherine‘s passion is for improving the quality of teaching, professional development and leadership of future leaders.



Liz Lang

Liz began her teaching career in Warrington, joining Cirencester Deer Park School in 2008 as Head of Expressive Arts and moving on to become Assistant Head and then Deputy Head. Liz was Executive Head of Maths to help bring about improvements. As Deputy Head, Liz has been responsible for achievement, curriculum, learning conferences, assessment, reports, line management of core faculties, the Extended Leadership Team programme, the High Achievers programme and provision for Pupil Premium pupils. Liz has a keen interest in using cutting-edge research to drive improvement. She was recently involved in a national 2-year project with the EEF with the aim of applying relevant academic research in the classroom. Liz is a trainer with the Adfecto ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ course, helping new middle leaders in Gloucestershire secondary schools develop the core skills required for their roles. In 2017/18, Liz co-led the ‘Closing the Gap’ project for senior leaders from both primary and secondary schools across the county, aiming to help schools measure the impact of Pupil Premium funding, enabling them to identify and build on the most effective practice.




The composition of the Board of Trustees of The Corinium Education Trust brings together people who have the breadth of experience and range of skills relevant to the governance of our multi-academy trust which includes community and church schools. Each school within the Trust has its own local governing body made up of parent representatives and co-opted members who focus on the quality of education, behaviour and personal development in their individual schools.

Claire Minett

A qualified chartered accountant, Claire has extensive experience in financial risk management, gained during 25 years working in investment banking and insurance, including senior management roles. She also holds a PGCE in secondary teaching and taught mathematics at a local secondary school before assuming the role of School Business Manager, which she held for 5 years, and in which she was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for all non-teaching aspects. Now retired, Claire’s active participation in education continues with her role as a governor of Farmor’s School, Fairford. She has also been a trustee of an educational charity in Cirencester.


Charles Woodd

Charles is a Chief Actuary for St. James’s Place. He is also an Executive Director responsible for leading the Finance Department, and Board Director of a number of main subsidiaries. Substantial professional expertise in financial matters, and extensive experience of all aspects of senior leadership and Board governance. Charles was a Governor of Cirencester Primary School 2003-2015, Chair of Governors for the last 10 years. He has also been a Governor of Deer Park School for 5 years, and has chaired the Resources and Audit Committee, meaning he has good experience of school governance and education. Charles has been a member of the congregation of St John The Baptist, Cirencester and on the electoral roll of the Parish since moving to Cirencester in 2001. Charles was PCC Treasurer 2008-2015 and remains a member of the Finance Committee. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Friends of CPC and a Trustee of another grant making charity linked to the church.


Jane Lloyd

Jane has been a governor of Siddington CE Primary School since 2013 and Chair of the Kemble and Siddington Federation since its inception in April 2015. As a primary school teacher she began her career in special education, moving into mainstream, the advisory service and finally a fifteen year headship of an Oxfordshire School before retirement in 2012.

Claire Mould

Claire has been a Governor of Cirencester Deer Park School since 2012. She is CEO of OPENhouse a Charity that provides housing, education and complex mental health support and also Chair of Gloucestershire VCS Alliance, a GFirst LEP Board member and a Mental Health and Well Being Partnership Board member. Claire is a practising Christian and actively involved with Kingfisher Church in Gloucester that provides support for individuals with all disabilities and vulnerabilities. In particular she supports the work which the Church does with the individuals they work with through their ‘Treasure Seekers’ project.


Susannah Gilbert

Susannah has 15 years of work experience as an Economist, mainly within central government, undertaking policy analysis and design, cost-benefit analysis and regulatory enforcement. Most recently she has worked within the newly formed Publica Group, developing performance monitoring information for services now shared across Cotswold District Council and its partners Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire.  Susannah has recently taken the decision to change career direction and will soon begin training as a secondary school maths teacher. Susannah has previously been a governor of two very different primary schools and welcomes the opportunity to become a Trustee of the Corinium Education Trust. Having benefitted herself from the best opportunities that state education has to offer, she believes this venture will enable more young people in the town to get the most out of their schooling. Susannah has two daughters at primary school in Cirencester.


Chiquita Henson

See Our Leadership above.



Graham Russell

See Our Members below.




The Corinium Education Trust has four founding Members. They are responsible for appointing our Trustees and auditors. They receive annual reports from the Trustees and, as our multi-academy trust includes a church school, one member who is a representative of the Diocese of Gloucester, monitors the school’s Christian distinctiveness.

Shirley Alexander

Shirley has lived in Cirencester for since 1978 and been active in local education for a great deal of that time, firstly at Kingshill Secondary School and then at Cirencester Infant School, which subsequently became Cirencester Primary School, she retired as a governor last year. She has also been a local Councillor, served on Cotswold District Council for 8 years and on the Town Council for 16 years, during which time she has been mayor of Cirencester twice, 2001-2003 and 2007-2009. She continues to be involved with a number of trusts and grant giving bodies in the town and is currently chair of the Cirencester Community Development Trust. Shirley is a Soroptimist, and has served as club president and president of the South West and Channel Island region over the last 20 year.


Graham Russell

Graham is the Chair of the Corinium Education Trust. Graham became a Governor at Cirencester Deer Park School in 2013 and Chair of Governors in 2015. He was previously Chair of Governors at Brimscombe C of E Primary School. Graham has worked in the private, public, and not for profit sectors at a senior level and is motivated by designing and implementing innovative solutions through collaborative partnership working. Graham was a Director at Business in the Community for 10 years and worked with companies on their responsible/sustainable business strategies. He also had the pleasure of leading HRH The Prince of Wales’ Rural Action Programme, engaging business leaders with a wide range of public service issues in rural communities. Previously Graham has set up a number of social enterprises; has worked in local government to lead on major regeneration and economic development initiatives; is the Chair of a leading Mental Health charity; is Non –Executive Director at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust; and has worked as an expert adviser to the OECD.Graham was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to study innovative approaches to tackling homelessness and providing community solutions for affordable housing.

Richard Mullings

Richard is the third generation of his family which has worked as a solicitor in the town. His connections with Cirencester are extensive and deep, both as a result of having lived in the town all his life, but also as a result of his thirty year career, working mainly on local trust and charity matters. He has involvement with (and responsibility for) many of the local charities and trusts, not least the Powell’s Education Foundation, which is the most significant education charity in the town. He is also active in promoting collaboration between charities in the town, with a recent notable success being the organisation in 2014 of a local charity-conference.


Robert Springett

Robert studied business, then theology at Lincoln Theological College and Kings College London. Ordained in 1989 he served curacies in Colchester then in Basildon before being appointed Priest in Charge of South Ockendon and Belhus Park then Rector of Wanstead. In 2010 he moved to Gloucestershire to be Archdeacon of Cheltenham. Throughout his ministry Robert has remained committed to the Church’s engagement with wider society, particularly through its work with schools: He is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and a trustee of All Saints Academy in Cheltenham. He is committed to deepening understanding with the wider Anglican communion, developing a partnership between Wanstead and the Church in Northern Uganda and playing a leading role in Gloucester’s three way partnership with the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania and the Diocese of El Camino Real in California.




Our Patron is an advocate for the The Corinium Education Trust and its core values. Our Patron will help us monitor progress and celebrate the achievements of our children and young people.

Dame Fiona Reynolds

​Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012.  She came to the college after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside. Before the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87. Fiona also holds a number of non-Executive roles.  She is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden.