Strategic Partners

Our Strategic Partners

Russells Hall Primary School


We are a 2-form entry school in Wordsley, Stourbridge with a resource centre for hearing impaired children. We run a morning and afternoon nursery and wrap around care from 7.30am till 6.00pm. We are part of Dudley LA. 

Our latest Ofsted in February 2014 graded us as good. 

“Teaching is nearly always good, and in some lessons it is outstanding. Teachers show that they have high expectations.“ 

“The way subjects are taught strongly promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development” 

Ofsted also commented on the good behaviour of the children and the good progress they make.

You can access our website at We are always happy to show you round our lovely school where a warm welcome will be waiting for you. 

About the head

I spent 10 years working in Pathology in several hospitals in Birmingham prior to completing my B Ed (Hons) in 1993.Keith Butler

I have worked in several schools in Dudley LA, spending 10 years at Glynne Primary School as Deputy Head and 4 years as Head Teacher at Tenterfields Primary School in Halesowen. I am due to start as Head Teacher at Ashwood Park Primary School and HI Unit in Wordsley in September 2014.

Through Rotary International, whilst working in Haematology at Selly Oak Hospital, I was selected for a “Group Study Exchange” Programme and spent 6 weeks in South Africa. Part of the visit was vocational training at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

I have travelled to Gambia several times to further links with 2 schools in Bijilo, Serrekunda and have supported other staff in visits and promotion of the Global Curriculum and Rights Respecting Schools. We gained the International Schools Award in 2013 and at present are awaiting an assessment to become an UNESCO school.

My strengths have been developing people and several staff at Tenterfields have gone on to management roles in the authority. I have always supported and mentored student teachers having links with several providers during my time at The Glynne and Tenterfields.

I have developed and strengthened links with UCB (University College Birmingham), Kitwell Primary School in Birmingham and have been involved in Consultant Head teacher visits on behalf of Dudley LA.

I remain passionate about my job and instill this passion with the team around me.

About the head

Sarah Riley, Headteacher (January 2014), Christ Church Primary School – Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ November 2008 and May 2013.Sarah Riley

I joined Christ Church Primary School as a senior member of staff in 2004 and two years later was appointed deputy. I worked with the headteacher to secure improvement and was      instrumental in the school’s journey from good to outstanding.

In our last inspection in May 2013, we were judged to be outstanding in every area. Key to this outstanding success is our ability to ensure that we always have a staff team of the highest quality with talented leadership at all levels. Ensuring future success depends on our ability to identify and develop potential.  Now as headteacher, I continue to strive for excellence in all the school does and the ongoing development of outstanding classroom practice and outstanding leadership in all areas is the focus of my work. 

My expertise covers all aspects of teaching, learning and leadership. Many of our staff have been successful in securing promotion, reflecting high quality CPD, development of capacity across the workforce and succession planning. 

I have extensive experience of developing the quality of teaching and learning through whole staff, group and individual development activities. I am known to take a strong lead on improvement, challenging staff to think deeply about learning and how to maximize impact for the children they teach. 

In 2013, Ofsted acknowledged that ‘outstanding teaching is what happens every day’ here at Christ Church Primary School and that the ‘professional development provided by the school ….is of the highest quality’ – something of which I feel very proud and privileged to lead in. 

I have worked very successfully as part of the headship team at a local primary school, improving standards and developing others, in particular the school’s deputy.  The school moved rapidly from an Ofsted category to satisfactory with a good judgement for leadership and management. 

I have a reputation as someone who is focussed on the development of teaching and learning, building teams and creating future leaders. Using effective interpersonal skills and clarity of communication I am able to inspire and motivate staff and children to ensure effective improvement.


We are an Academy  as part of United Learning, a group of schools which aims to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. We seek to improve the life chances of all the children and young people we serve and make it our mission to bring out 'the best in everyone' – children, staff, parents and the wider community.

The Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership have designated Corngreaves Academy as both a National Support school and a National Teaching school. Through this work we aim to continue to develop and lead and support other schools on primary practice. We feel extremely privileged that as a Teaching School we are able to make a difference to the life chances of children in our school, community and wider.

Corngreaves has a deservedly high reputation for academic achievement, as recognised by Ofsted during our last inspection. We aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which we seek to maximise every individual child’s potential nurturing the self-confidence and self-esteem to enable them to make the most of their talents,

At Corngreaves we provide the highest quality education for children from 3 up to 11 years of age. In that tie we make sure that they have lots of exciting learning opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential. After up to seven years at Corngreaves we guarantee that your child will leave us as a confident individual, successful learner and a responsible citizen. We sincerely hope that your child will leave with a strong sense of achievement, satisfaction and a lifelong love for learning.

Our hope is that each child and their family will look back and recall their time at Corngreaves, as a time of achievement and hard work but also of fun and friendships; a time during which they were able to sow the seeds of future success.



Headteacher of Gig Mill Primary School


I have recently joined Gig Mill as headteacher in January 2014, and I am really enjoying this new challenge.  The school has made significant strides forward in developing practice, and working collaboratively over the last two terms, as we move forwards on our “Good” to outstanding journey.


Prior to headship I worked as part of the Dudley Local Authority school improvement team, as a Leadership and Management Consultant, and Intensifying Support Programme advisor in Primary Schools. This school improvement background has proved invaluable in leading change in Primary Schools.


In my first headship, the school made  rapid  improvements, which were sustained over a period of time, such that from a position of near Ofsted category Halesowen CE was graded as  a ‘Good’ school in 2012.

Over this time succession planning, high quality professional development and leadership development and built capacity to improve.

“On going improvement and strong teamwork are key factors in the school’s success and it’s excellent capacity to improve further.”

Leadership was highlighted as a  strength:

“Leadership and management are good overall, but the headteacher and other members of the senior leadership team provide outstanding leadership.”


As a church school, the SIAS inspection process ran in tandem, and the  schools  was identified as an outstanding church school, in all of the five areas of inspection.

 “The headteacher’s leadership of the school is quite outstanding.”

I also worked alongside Diocesan advisors to share good practice, and deliver aspects of training for the Diocese of Worcester.


More recently, I have been working as an LLE offering school to school support to other local schools.

My school improvement work relates to raising standards across different areas of school life, and supporting and developing school leaders in a variety of ways.

It is our aim at Gig Mill to provide the best possible education for your child. An education where each child feels valued, cared for and motivated to achieve their very best. We have high expectations and we aim to develop in our children a real sense of belonging along with high levels of self esteem and confidence.

“Together we care, together we succeed

Gig Mill is a caring school. Providing pupils with the best education is at the heart of everything the headteacher,  staff and governors aim to do.” OFSTED 2013

The school was established in 1984 with the amalgamation of the previous Junior and Infant schools. The school setting has extensive grounds with playing fields, gardens, spacious classrooms and facilities, and an indoor swimming pool. The school is situated on the edge of Stourbridge in a pleasant residential area.We are an open, friendly school and parents and visitors are always welcomed. Governors, staff, parents and children all work together to create a nurturing environment and opportunities for all our children to succeed. The school is expanding, currently there are approximately 600 pupils on roll, all year groups have two classes for each year group, and Reception, Years 1 and 2  have three classes. The school also has a 52 place Nursery.

Gig Mill recently achieved a “good” OFSTED rating

“Fundamental to the good rate of learning are the positive relationships between pupils and staff. Teachers ‘teach from the heart’ and show a passion for teaching. They plan lessons that build on what pupils know and can do and that meet the needs of the different groups of learners well. Pupils feel confident to ask and

answer questions even when they find the task difficult. “

We hope you will come to visit us in person to see our wonderful school in action.


About the head

My journey through education started as a volunteer helper in a local primary school whilst at college. I developed a passion for working with children and began leading a summer activity scheme for pupils with profound learning difficulties. I went on to complete a teaching degree specialising in Art at Worcester University. Joanna Turner

In 2001 I began my teaching career at a Greenfield Primary School in Stourbridge.  I progressed to becoming part of the leadership team, leading key stage one and community links in my second year of teaching. 

Following this I became an Advanced Skills Teacher specialising in teaching and learning strategies across Early Years and Key Stage one.  I worked with Early Years Consultants within Dudley and carried out research as part of my deployment in settings across the borough. I particularly enjoyed this role, supporting colleagues and sharing outstanding practice. 

I moved to Lapal Primary School in 2009 and achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship whilst being employed as the Deputy Head teacher. In 2010 I was promoted to Head of School.

In 2014 I trained with OlEVI to become a lead facilitator for the Improving and Outstanding Teacher programmes. These programmes support the development of teaching and learning strategies (ITP) and provide coaching skills for teachers (OTP).

I feel very fortunate to be Head of such a fantastic school and be part of a team who are committed wholeheartedly to achieving the best outcomes possible for children. I also feel very privileged to be part of shaping the lives of over 300 pupil’s every day. 

The school has made huge progress since September 2009; with a new leadership team in place, recruitment and development of outstanding teachers, improved Ofsted and becoming the first federation within Dudley in partnership with another local primary school. We continue to strive to excel in all that we do, and embrace our mission statement - Learning Together, Successful Forever. 

About the Executive Head

I have worked in Dudley for 24 years and have been a Headteacher for 13 years – a job I love! I am now the Executive Headteacher of the Federation of Lutley and Lapal Primary Schools, the Director of the Hales Valley Teaching School Alliance, a trained OfSTED inspector and a National Leader in Education (NLE). Jeanette Mackinney

My NLE accreditation came as a result of Lutley Primary School being an outstanding school, having standards well above national standards in all areas. I have provided support and worked collaboratively with numerous schools across Dudley Local Authority, the West Midlands and beyond, including academy chains, schools in OfSTED categories and good and outstanding schools.

Lutley Primary School is a National Support School (NSS) and we provide support and advice for schools both within Dudley Local Authority and beyond. We have several members of staff who are Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and they work with schools and groups of schools on key school improvement issues. We have a Federation Business Manager who is a National College Advocate, providing advice and support to schools across the West Midlands. Our Chair of Governors is a National Leader in Governance and works with Governing Bodies across the West Midlands.
Our support takes many forms:

  • NLE support – the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leaders provide support for Headteachers and schools as and when necessary. This can range from support and advice on a bespoke individual level as well as structured programmes of support.
  • NLE and NSS support - the Executive Headteacher and the appropriate staff from Lutley provide support to schools and individual teaching staff on tailored programmes of development.  We also offer programmes such as ITP and OTP as well as our bespoke support.
  • Cluster work – Lutley Primary School works with our local primary and secondary schools to develop and provide support on a variety of issues. We have led on moderation work, developing Middle Leaders, developing a whole school approach to outstanding teaching & learning and developing understanding of the teaching standards.
  • Hosting visits – we provide many opportunities for schools to visit our school to look at our learning environment and pupil engagement with a view to developing an approach in their own settings.
  • SLE support  - The SLE staff members work with schools and groups of schools on key school improvement issues

I am passionate about ensuring that all children, regardless of where they go to school, have the best teaching and learning opportunities available to them. Our teaching school alliance is all about helping schools to improve the life chances of children everywhere.