External School Improvement Partner
James has considerable experience as a head teacher in community and grant maintained primary schools, having led seven schools over a twenty-five year period in a range of different settings. His most recent substantive leadership experience was in a very large suburban primary school from 2000 to 2012 but more recently he has worked as an interim head teacher in four schools, including two schools in special measures converting within academy trusts. James has a strong interest in environmental education and has worked as a local authority lead partner for sustainable development. He has also served as an additional inspector since 2005 and has experience of inspection in over fifty schools.James has played an active role in the local community through his work as chair of an extended services cluster, a schools sports association and a modern languages network. He has worked in supporting the training of teachers under the SCITT scheme and also as a mentor for new headteachers through the Beacon school initiative.Away from work James enjoys walking, golf and beekeeping.