Local Leaders of Education

Local Leaders of Education


Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance are passionate about supporting school improvement and broadening our network of shared expertise to raise standards within schools.

What is a LLE?
Local Leaders of Education (LLE) are serving headteachers who have the capacity and capability to make a significant contribution to supporting schools in their local area. LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support and coaching and mentoring for head teachers.

Positive Regard TSA Local Leaders of Education:

Julie Allen , Headteacher at Birkwood Primary School, Barnsley

Julie is now in her 10th year as Headteacher at Birkwood Primary School, having moved the school from satisfactory (2009) to outstanding (2014). She has received two national awards ~ ‘Headteacher of the Year in the North of England’ in 2013 and most recently an MBE for ‘Services to Education’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, June 2017. As an LLE she has a wide range of experience in school improvement, leadership and management, early years, middle leadership, curriculum development and the creative arts. She is passionate about the opportunities and experiences for children in disadvantaged communities.

Courtenay Walls, Headteacher at All Saints Academy, Barnsley

Courtenay has experience of moving a special measures school with significant behaviour problems to Good through the changing of its culture and ethos. He has a passion for making a real difference to children’s lives. Courtenay has positively influenced progress and attainment, particularly in Writing, Maths and the wider curriculum and has developed links with the wider community. He is currently head teacher of All Saints Academy in Darfield, the school has been on a rapid journey of improvement at all levels and has been transformed under his leadership.

Antoinette Drinkhill, Executive Headteacher at Penistone St Johns Primary VA Primary School

Antoinette is the Executive Headteacher of Penistone St John’s VA Primary School and has experience of working in a variety of settings. She is passionate about enabling schools to be resilient and self-improving. She has experience of acting executive headship in a partnered school and has undertaken a number of school to school support placements as LLE, using her own and her school’s staff expertise. This has included a wide range of vulnerable schools, including those in an Ofsted category, to support leadership and work collaboratively with the school teams to secure improved outcomes for children. She is an accredited Professional Partner, LLE and SIAMS Inspector. As lead school for School Direct she is involved initial teacher training and has direct experience of school amalgamation, school expansion and leading within a complex and large staffing structure.

Carrie Green, Executive Principal of Bramley Park Academy

Carrie has previously led schools in Huddersfield, moving them both forward to good and outstanding. she has a passion for positive behaviour and has really influenced change with this in her previous settings by raising expectations for all and using this vision to reach out to the community. Carrie has a real passion for creative learning and believing and developing all who work within the school environment. Carrie is currently head teacher of Bramley Park Academy. The school has seen a rapid journey of improvement at all levels including the transformation of it's EYFS and most importantly it's culture and ethos. Articulating a clear vision to all stakeholders to drive such rapid improvement is one of Carrie's key strengths along with engaging the whole school team. As part of the Wellspring Trust Carrie is leading on Mathematics, ensuring all with this flare and expertise can share their strength throughout the system and beyond.