Create Partnership Trust was established in Birmingham in September 2016. This is the next stage of the journey to excellence for its founding schools, Greet Primary and Conway Primary, which have been federated since 2009. A third school, Hodge Hill Primary, joined the Trust in January 2017 as the first sponsored school. The uniqueness of each school is respected and celebrated by the Trust but we also seek ways of working together in terms of both sharing best practice and problem-solving.
The fourth member of the MAT is Greet Teaching School which brings further school improvement resources.
A central core team known as Create Central, is being developed in line with the Trust's growth. It is growing rapidly in line with the needs and aspirations of the Trust.
Some staff already employed in the Trust schools, also give portions of their contracted time to Create Central, using their skills to help the Trust audit various subjects and aspects and getting involved in some of our outward facing work.
Pat Smart is the CEO/Executive Headteacher of Create Partnership Trust which includes Greet Teaching School and Greet, Conway and Hodge Hill Primary Schools.
She has taught in five local authorities and an international school. Having led Ofsted inspections and taken over the leadership or support of schools in crisis, she has wide experience of successful school improvement. She has been designated as a National Leader of Education since 2009 with Greet as a National Support School. Other current roles include Vice Chair of Birmingham Education Partnership and member of the Primary Headteacher Reference Group at the DfE. Pat has also served as Trustee on the Boards of a number of schools in special measures.
Andy Bush is the Deputy CEO of Create Partnership Trust which includes Greet Teaching School and Greet, Conway and Hodge Hill Primary Schools.
Having started as a lecturer in the Further Education sector, Andy has gone on to have a long career working for businesses that work in the education sector or in support of education. This has included work from Primary through to HE, which more recently sees him join the Create team from a Secondary Multi Academy Trust. Working previously as a CEO for both charitable and training organisations in the UK and Europe he has taken responsibility for leading organisations through a range of challenges to stimulate new business growth and additional funding/income. Working as a registered expert for the EU Commissions Erasmus + education funding programme, Andy has been able to secure an extensive portfolio of added value funded education projects that have created opportunities for both students and staff to develop best practice in teaching and learning and travel to events across Europe.
Andy has served also as a trustee to a number of national and regional education charities and continues to support charitable organisations when the opportunity arises.
Lana Gaskin has worked as a teacher, Phase Leader and part of a School Leadership Team. She has been an Advisor for the Local Authority, specialising in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), and has also been employed as a Lead on the National PSHE Accreditation Programme as well as a tutor on the Graduate Teacher Training programme.
Lana, works across the trust helping the schools to address PSHE specific issues from a strategic and operational perspective. She supports staff with curriculum development so that policies and programmes are tailored to suit their school community. She is also the Greet Teaching School Alliance NQT Programme Coordinator, developing the programme that offers finely tuned training for Newly Qualified Teachers, helping with the professional development of the teachers and preparing them to lead in the classroom.
Kulbinder has a 30 years teaching career, 20 years of which has been in Leadership and Management.
The majority of her work has been in inner-city Birmingham. Throughout her career, Kulbinder has worked in a range of settings, including being the strategic lead for a Children’s Centre, Vice Principal overseeing and establishing the primary pupil and staff development of an all-through school and the Headteacher of the first free school in Wolverhampton. Additionally, Kulbinder has experience of developing BSF projects with the LA. Her areas of specialism as SLE are closing the gap and developing and strengthening leadership. Kulbinder is passionate to support schools to ensure a high standard of education for all children, to enable the best opportunities in life.
Emma Lees as Finance and Operations Manager is responsible for managing the Trust’s finances including the setting of budgets. She provides a wealth of specialist financial knowledge and ensures that value for money and probity is achieved across the Trust. Emma is qualified to Chartered Institute of Management Accounts management level and over the past ten years has worked in a number of finance roles across the education sector. Her role also provides operational management support to the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership teams across the Trust.
Lorraine is the Facilities Manager for the three schools in the Trust, she is currently working two days a week for Create overseeing the sites at each of the schools to develop a coherent strategy for the maintenance and upkeep of the sites ensuring the procurement of best value Contracts for Facilities Management across the Trust. Her substantive post is Site Manager for Greet Primary School.
Janine works closely with the CEO/EHT to help with the running of the Trust business alongside the Create Central team, as well as being the Company Secretary for the organisation. She has a wealth of experience as an Administration Manager and Executive PA.
Emily provides personal, tailored support to the Headteachers across the Create Partnership Trust ensuring a cohesive service to Conway, Greet and Hodge Hill Primary School. Emily came to Create Patnership Trust with over 10 years of administration experience in the Local Authority.
Lorna is employed by Create Central and currently on secondment to another school in Birmingham.