A Mills

Senior Executive Leader for The City Learning Trust and Associate Headteacher at Trentham Academy, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQH, NPQSI

I am very proud to say that I was born and educated in Stoke-on-Trent with a family heritage of miners and pottery workers. It’s said that in Stoke-on-Trent we don’t shout about our city as we should, but we certainly have lots of personality, bags of pride, a rich cultural heritage and hardworking and caring communities. In my opinion Stoke-on-Trent is a wonderful place to be educated, to live and work; so much so, that I never left and still live within the city!

I have been teaching for over twenty-two years; twenty years of which has been educating the young people in schools across the city, with over ten years of senior leadership experience. I am currently the Associate Headteacher at Trentham Academy and a Senior Executive Leader for the City Learning Trust.

At Trentham Academy I have experienced a strong sense of community with hardworking, ambitious and committed staff and students. We all work together to ensure that achievement, enrichment, keeping our young people safe and prepared for the next stage in their learning or employment is at the heart of everything we do. The Academy aims to provide the best experiences for its students, whether through academic work, competing in sport, participating in the performing arts or by seeing the world through a plethora of trips and visits. Such experiences help to shape our young people as they go through our Academy and beyond to further education/university or employment and then on into their adult lives.

I am passionate that all young people should have the opportunity to achieve great things and be happy. I strongly believe that education is the key that opens many doors and improves our life chances.  Success in life is down to hard work, determination and a drive to keep learning. As Henry Ford said “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether 20 or 80.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” This is reflected in the Academy’s motto of “Aspire, Endeavour, Achieve – dream big, work hard, persevere and be successful.”

We are proud of how far Trentham has advanced since becoming an academy in 2016 and we will continue to improve the opportunities for our young people that will equip them for modern life, and to have no ceiling on their aspirations. Every day I am impressed by the warmth, care and respect the staff, students and parents share. There is a “thirst” to succeed attitude at Trentham, which is reflected in our improving results and reputation. We will all continue in our efforts to ensure that Trentham Academy is one of the top performing schools in the city and the country.