Judith Barrett CEO
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Interim CEO of The Levels Academy Trust. My Name is Judith Barrett and I was a Somerset Head teacher for 15 years. I spent 6 years as a teaching Head at Lovington Primary School near Castle Cary until I was appointed Head at Grass Royal Junior School, now St. Michael’s Academy, in Yeovil. I was in post for 9 years and retired in 2016
On retirement I was appointed as a Somerset Education Partner to monitor standards in fourteen Somerset Schools. I visit them regularly according to need, and support and challenge the Head teachers and school leaders to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the children.
I was also an Acting Head teacher at Oake, Bradford and Nynehead Primary school from September 2018-until February 2019, leading the school through an unannounced Ofsted inspection in January 2019 where we were graded GOOD.
In January 2019 I was approached by the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust to cover an interim role as Director of Learning and Achievement, following the unexpected resignation of the substantive Director. This was a wonderful opportunity and one that I embraced. I was responsible for line managing a team that included five Regional School Improvement Advisors, Governance and Safeguarding teams as well as having an overview of thirty-three schools. I was directly answerable to the CEO and to the Trustees, to whom I reported regularly. This role, initially for 6 weeks, lasted from January 2019-July 2020.
I am very excited by this new opportunity afforded to me by the Trustees, and am very much looking forward to working with you all. I believe that when professionals combine their strengths and work alongside each other collaboratively, the life chances of all pupils improve rapidly, and children and staff flourish.
The main focus of this role is to manage the transition of the Levels Trust into the PPAT by December 31st, while at the same time supporting our Head teachers and schools through the intricacies of everyday life. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and working together during this time.