LAAT supports leadership team with new headteacher appointments

Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) shows commitment and support to its community by appointing a new Trust Headteacher and Executive Headteacher into its central leadership team. The Trust has also promoted two existing Heads of Schools to their first substantive Headteacher posts. Knowing the importance of supporting headteachers and providing career development for all staff, these new appointments will enable school teams and pupils within the academy to continue to flourish. 

Charlotte Hickerton will join LAAT within the new role as Trust Headteacher in September 2023, following 22 years in education, and working in headship roles in rural and inner city settings, while supporting other schools and colleagues along the way. From September Charlotte will join the central Education team, working alongside the Education Advisers to offer additional leadership capacity in schools where needed.

Currently working in an executive capacity overseeing the work of both St. Peter’s at Gowts and Fiskerton primary schools, Charlotte is also an LLE and Diocean Advisor working with the Teaching School Hub, LA and Diocese to support sector-led improvement through pupil premium reviews, headteacher support, advisory roles and training packages. 

Explaining her commitment to her new role, Charlotte said: “I love being a Church school leader and genuinely believe that there is no more rewarding job than working to transform children’s lives. I’m looking forward to serving the LAAT schools and their communities, promoting excellence, exploring together and encouraging all to grow. Collaboration is the way forward and I can’t wait to be part of something bigger!”

With a continued focus on career progression and staff skills development, the Trust has promoted both Tina Wood, current Head of School at Friskney All Saints and Melanie Page, current Head of School at Wainfleet to Headteachers after showing continued dedication and professional growth within the Trust. 

Alongside these central leadership team appointments, LAAT has also appointed Emma Hill as the Executive Headteacher of Ulceby St Nicholas and St Peter’s C of E primary schools, as of September 2023. With a wealth of experience working in a number of Church of England primary schools, large and small, Emma is set to bring a fresh approach to both schools having previously been an Executive Headteacher within neighbouring Lincolnshire. 

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT shows her continued appreciation and pride for the LAAT central leadership team, commenting: “These new appointments and and the addition of another Trust Headteacher role will provide a strong and supportive team within the LAAT community. We firmly believe that in order for children to thrive in the widest sense they need adults supporting them who are not only passionate educators but who are also professionally enriched and challenged. We strive to inspire and develop outstanding school leaders developing the breadth and depth of skills across the Trust, leading to greater professionalism of staff and, therefore, to a positive impact on the outcomes and experiences of pupils.”