Sarah Watson - CEO - The Castle Partnership Trust

As the CEO of The Castle Partnership Trust, I work with all schools in our Multi Academy Trust and sit on the Board of Directors. My role is to ensure that every child and young person across the Trust achieves exemplary progress from their starting point, has a strong sense of belonging and self, and participates in learning, enrichment and the community. I oversee education in the Trust and ensure that all schools are serving their children well, delivering a high quality education and using their resources wisely. I work with the Headteachers, Governors, Directors and leadership teams. 

Alison Crudgington - Trust Business Manager

I was appointed to the post of School Business Manager at The Castle School in 2011 and have been the Trust Business Manager since 2017. I am a qualified management accountant and, before joining the Trust, I worked for Somerset County Council in areas such as schools’ funding, Human Resources and finance training. I have been successful in obtaining over £5.9m of capital grant funding for the Trust to date and I am proud to see the difference that this makes.

Gavin Duenas - Trust HR Manager

As Trust HR Manager I advise on, and implement, the effective use of HR within the Trust. I oversee the recruitment of staff within The Trust ensuring we have the best teachers and support colleagues to help our students reach their full potential. I manage employee contracts, pay and conditions of service, performance management and inductions whilst ensuring compliance with statutory safeguarding requirements.

I am based at The Castle School where I also oversee the finance and day to day Castle School operations.

Sharon Fry - Trust Branding & Marketing Manager

I have worked at The Castle School since July 2012 and my role is to work with all the schools within our Trust to ensure brand consistency for each individual school and to quality assure all marketing materials and communications within the Trust. I am also responsible for ensuring that our children are protected in all media communications, as the safety of our students is at the forefront of everything we do. I also design the school's literature such as the prospectuses and all promotional material for any large-scale events and productions, as well as general print requirements, online material and signage.

Julie Gregory - Governance Professional and Company Secretary

As the Governance Professional and Company Secretary for the Trust, my role is to oversee all aspects of governance effectiveness and compliance, ensuring the Trust adheres to good practice and meets all its statutory and regulatory requirements. I work with the CEO, Headteachers, Trustees/Directors and Governors across all the schools within the Trust.

Matt Norman - Trust Strategic Network Manager

My role as the Trust Strategic Network Manager is to work with all schools to quality assure IT in relation to strategy, service, and systems and be accountable for defining the Trust’s IT strategic priorities, including leading on projects and development work.

I regularly engage with all stakeholders and users throughout the Trust to support with ongoing development and delivery of the IT projects, advise schools on ‘everything IT’, including putting together their strategic IT plans, setting and managing budgets for IT expenditure, and supporting and advising onsite technical staff with projects, purchases and contracts.

Mrs Clair Owen - The Castle Partnership Trust SENDCo

I joined The Castle School in September 1998 as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching Geography. I became SENDCo of the school in September 2011, and was appointed SENDCo of the Trust in 2019. I am responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Trust SEND Policy, ensuring that any barrier that may exist for a student is removed, and that all students are given their best opportunity to succeed and reach their goals.

Brendan Slade - Trust Premises Manager

As the Premises Manager for The Castle Partnership Trust, I work with all schools in our Multi Academy Trust. My role is to support premises staff at each site to ensure facilities are safe and secure for our students. I also oversee premises related procurement such as contracts for grounds maintenance, servicing and repairs. I am involved in the identification of possible funding bids and building works that result from successful bids.

I have worked in education since 2003 initially as an outdoor education instructor then moving into health and safety and premises management before joining The Castle School in 2012. I also coordinate the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at The Castle School.

Sarah Sherring - Trust SEMHCo

I have been working for The Castle School Partnership Trust since April 2021 and I am The Trust lead for social, emotional and mental health. I am also an Assistant Headteacher at The Castle School. My role is to support staff across The Trust understand and meet the social, emotional and mental health needs of all students. Where SEMH is a barrier to positive engagement and successful learning, I guide staff in a graduated response with targeted support and intervention that aims to meet a student’s SEMH needs, therefore enabling a student to re-engage positively with learning. The wellbeing of both students and staff is our highest priority. Our whole Trust approach to mental health focuses on prevention, identification, early support and access to specialist support.

Sally Taylor - Trust Finance Manager

In my role as Trust Finance Manager, I work with all of the schools in the Trust, to provide leadership in the area of financial management.  This ensures the Trust makes the best possible use of resources to enhance the opportunities and outcomes for all students.

As Business Manager at Court Fields School, I manage all school operations, to support the high standards of teaching, learning and achievement of our students.


Polly Matthews
Polly Matthews
Headteacher at Court Fields School
James Lamb
James Lamb
The Castle School
Carly Wilkins
Carly Wilkins
Wellesley Park Primary School
Richard Healey
Richard Healey
Primary Headteacher and Primary Executive Headteacher
Isambard Kingdon Brunel and Orchard Grove Primary Schools

School Improvement Team

School Improvement TeamResponsibility
Sarah WatsonNLE
Lorraine ClarkSafeguarding Lead
Fran GormleyCurriculum Lead
Deborah LewisSchool Improvement Partner
Clair OwenTrust SENDCo
Sarah SherringTrust SEMHCo

Trust Members, Board and Governors

MembersTrust Board (Trustees/Directors)

LGB - The Castle School


LGB - Court Fields School


LGB - Wellesley Park Primary School


LGB - IKB Primary School


Sheila NaylorMark Richmond (CTrish Rendell (C)David Taylor (C)Hannah Gibson-Patel (C)Lisa Denson (C)
Mark MooreMichelle Fox (VC)Helen MacConnell (VC)Angela Thorne (VC)Grant Darbyshire (VC)Amy Northern (VC)
Guy PriceSarah Watson (CEO)Polly MarshJames CareyJulie SalterAaron Warren
Robert TrowbridgeSimon FosterSteve ChattellDonna HembrowPolly MatthewsPhillipa Small

Matthew GriffithsAnn BradfordJo RoseTrish RendellBob Pamplin

Kirsti NelsonGillian BryceAlice BabingtonSarah WatsonDave MacCormick

Rachel WhiteJames Lamb (HT)Stephen MilesPolly MatthewsRich Healey (HT)

Gordon BlakeCarly Wilkins (HT)

Emily Walters

Helen Bennett

Polly Matthews (HT)


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