Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Griffiths is Grove Learning Trust’s CEO.
With teaching and leadership experience of the full primary age range, Aaron gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2012 and started his first headship soon after in 2013, successfully improving a 2-form entry primary school in central London from 'satisfactory' (as it was known then by Ofsted) to 'good' in a short space of time.
The highly effective headteacher has directed improvement extremely well to improve pupils’ educational opportunities. He communicates his high expectations tenaciously and persuasively, so that all staff have a shared sense of direction and feel part of a successful team. Consequently, all aspects of the school have improved since the last inspection (Ofsted, 2013).
After relocating from London to Swindon, Aaron became the head teacher of Eastrop Infant School in 2016 and from the following year, provided leadership support to Southfield Junior School for just over a term. Following the development of a successful partnership of the two single academy trusts, governors of the two schools appointed Aaron as the executive head teacher in 2018. With a re-focused and well-trained team of skilled leaders and staff, Aaron successfully improved Southfield's reputation, standards and outcomes, which resulted in a 'good' outcome (from 'requires improvement in 2017) in a Section 5 inspection led by Ofsted. During 2017 and 2018, Aaron also worked alongside his school-based role as a trained Ofsted Inspector.
The executive headteacher quickly established a cohesive team of skilled leaders. Together, they have rapidly addressed the areas for improvement from the previous inspection. (Ofsted, 2019)
From December 2019, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Aaron leads on the trust’s central services and school improvement strategy.
Aaron is Grove Learning Trust’s Accounting Officer.
Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Paula Bartlett is Grove Learning Trust’s CFOO.
Paula holds the CSBM diploma for School Business Managers and the CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership. She has considerable experience as a highly successful School Business Manager in maintained schools in Swindon and joined Eastrop and Southfield, Grove Learning Trust's founding academies, as the partnership's Business Manager at the start of 2019. Getting to grips very quickly with academy life, Paula supported both the executive head teacher and the schools’ governing bodies with the successful transition from single academy trusts to our new multi academy trust in just under four months.
From December 2019, as Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO), Paula now leads on the trust's finance, estates, HR, I.T. and business functions.
Paula is Grove Learning Trust's Company Secretary.