Sarah Watson : CEO - The Castle Partnership Trust

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. I am also the Headteacher of The Castle School.

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.

My role is as Headteacher of The Castle School and CEO of the Trust. As CEO 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. My key roles is to ensure that leadership and management of each school is exemplary and that outcomes continuously improve for every child.

Alison Crudgington : Trust Business Manager

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 am a longstanding member of Somerset’s Schools Forum, using my previous knowledge and experience as lead officer for the Schools Forum to represent academies’ interests whilst having an appreciation of the bigger picture. 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.

Sally Taylor : Trust Finance Manager

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.

Rob Trowbridge : Trust HR Manager

Rob Trowbridge

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 or 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 school operations.

Mrs Clair Owen :  The Castle Partnership Trust SENCo

Mrs Clair Owen

The Castle Partnership Trust SENCo

I joined The Castle School in September 1998 as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching Geography. I became SENCo of the school in September 2011, and was appointed SENCo 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

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.