I am headteacher Finham Park School, a large comprehensive secondary school in Coventry that strives to inspire students through the delivery of an innovative ‘World Class’ education. Our school strives to be a beacon of excellence for the community where everyone feels safe, valued, included and proud.
As a parent with a young family, I appreciate personally the importance of nurturing every learner’s natural curiosity, providing them with life enriching opportunities to develop socially, academically and morally. Students are given opportunities to develop in the ‘5 Finham Values’ that we hold most dear – courageousness, perseverance, integrity, humility and kindness. Learners become valued members of the Coventry community and contributors to both the national and international stages.
I am passionate about seeing the life chances of young people improve as a result of receiving a high quality, free education. This cannot be delivered in isolation but has to be done through supportive partnership structures; a joined up approach that is sustainable for the long term so that we can provide an environment that enables young people to not only have the ‘time of their lives’ but to also leave well equipped for life and the world of work.
Joining the Multi Academy Trust in 2015, Laura has over 15 years of Human Resources experience across the public and private sector. Her broad experience includes employee relations, payroll, recruitment, policy development and management. She has experience in various industries including engineering, banking and healthcare.
Laura has a BA in Business Administration from Coventry University and is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Laura is responsible for developing human resource management strategies that enable the Trust to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce that will facilitate the high standards of education to be maintained.
Paul worked as a Research and Development Chemist before completing a degree in Natural Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. He began teaching in 1986, while considering taking up a post with the British Antarctic Survey, studying molluscs. 25 years later he is still teaching.
Following Head of Science, Advisory Teacher and Deputy Headteacher roles in two schools, Paul became Headteacher of Lyng Hall in 2004. Since becoming Headteacher, he has also supported other schools in Birmingham and Coventry.
Paul is a member of a European Agency Working Group which is exploring best practice across Europe for raising the attainment of vulnerable students and those with SEND.
More locally, Paul is a member of the Local Children Safeguarding Board, the Children Services Improvement Board and is currently Chair of the Secondary Headteachers’ Partnership.
Russell has more than 15 years’ experience in educational leadership roles in London, Birmingham, Solihull & Coventry. He was Deputy Headteacher at Finham Park School for 6 years before taking up the position of Headteacher at Finham Park 2..
With a core team Russell has been key in setting up a brand new school in Coventry- (currently oversubscribed and fully staffed) in newly refurbished, high quality buildings.
Educational leadership; marketing- including social media, operations; recruitment; estates, strategy, Free Schools, teaching and learning, student support.