Mr J Parkinson – CEO of St Thomas More Partnership of Schools
Mr Parkinson joined St Thomas More Catholic School in September 1989 as the Head of Physics. Over the years he has been Head of Science, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and was appointed to the post of Head Teacher of St Thomas More Catholic School in September 2005. During this time, the school converted from a voluntary aided school, initially to a single academy trust, and then in 2013 to a multi-academy trust. It became one of the first 50 Teaching Schools in the secondary phase and has been judged Outstanding twice by Ofsted.
Mr Parkinson still teaches A-level Physics and Psychology, but not at the same time. He is an active Ofsted Inspector and an Educational Advisor to the North East Regional Schools Commissioner. Mr Parkinson is also a Governor at Bede Academy in Blyth, which is part of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.
As Chief Executive Officer of the St Thomas More Partnership of Schools, Mr Parkinson is responsible for the strategic oversight of the trust.
Mrs L Saint – Trust HR Manager
Mrs Saint joined St Thomas More School in November 2004, initially as Training School administrator, Careers and Work Experience co-ordinator.
The school was designated Teaching school Status in 2011 and Mrs Saint became Teaching School Manager, working in partnership with an alliance of outstanding schools to promote and develop teacher training, Leadership Training, School to School support and Research and Development projects.
Since February 2017, Mrs Saint has assumed the role of HR Manager for the MAT schools. She is an associate member of CIPD and has experience of HR recruitment and employee relations from previous roles in management and Further Education.
Miss N Taylor – Governance and Compliance
Miss Taylor joined St Thomas More Catholic School in 2014 as Mr Parkinson’s Personal Assistant, prior to this she worked in Higher Education at Newcastle University. Since starting out, Miss Taylor has become more and more involved with School Governance; attending both Local Government Body and Director Meetings, ensuring the MAT schools are compliant with regards to their Governance arrangements, and acting as the main point of contact for STMPOS Governors. Miss Taylor is also part of the STMPOS HR and Payroll Team.