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Stuart Gardner

Stuart Gardner

CEO,
Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Stuart is a well-qualified, experienced education practitioner recognised for his outstanding leadership by Ofsted: MSc (Distinction), University of Kent; National Leader of Education; National Professional Qualification for Headship; 2:1 BA (Hons), University of Bristol. Stuart has demonstrated outstanding educational leadership in a variety of contexts: four years as Headteacher of an Outstanding School; parachuted as Headteacher into a school in Special Measures and took it to Good in 12 months; Executive Headteacher of four secondary schools; CEO of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust with 17 schools consisting of primary schools; junior schools; infant schools; comprehensive schools; high schools and grammar schools across the South East in Kent, Medway and Portsmouth. Stuart is passionate about cognition and the use of the understanding of cognitive processes to enhance teaching and learning, his dissertation on the use of Memory Skills to improve student outcomes has been published by the University of Kent.

  • Explore the key challenges facing senior leaders including financial restraints, regional disparities and educational disadvantage
  • Examining the next steps in building strong and sustainable Academies and MATs which have the capability to raise standards and improve educational outcomes
  • Delivering a long-term vision and clear ethos to support enhanced performance
  • Building effective relations with a board to support strong accountability and communication that supports the delivery of strategic objectives