Primary Education

Our Primary Academy's philosophy is that children will only thrive and develop if they are consistently happy and safe at school.

To enable us to achieve this:

  • We ensure that standards and expectations in all classrooms are high
  • We employ  well trained and innovative teachers who are ambitious for every pupil
  • We ensure that all children are treated as individuals and looked after and taught in a way that meets their individual needs
  • We embed high levels of literacy and numeracy by delivering creative and focussed lessons which children enjoy and are motivated by
  • We identify the importance of  regular communication and reporting to parents and carers

Primary Improvement Team

The Primary Improvement Team’s key focus is to work with all the Primary Schools in the Trust - challenging, developing and supporting leaders to ensure rapid progress and improvement is made and sustained.


Mike Wilson, Director of Primary, NLE

Mike joined the Trust in September 2013 as Director overseeing primary provision. After graduating from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand he began his teaching career in London in 1990. Over the last 15 years he has been Headteacher of three schools in South East London all of which made significant improvements under his leadership with two judged outstanding by Ofsted.

Mike has considerable experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances and has led a school from special measures to a “Good” Ofsted judgement in 9 months. He has also worked as a school improvement partner and local leader of education supporting schools across south east London and Kent.

Mike is a National Leader in Education. 


Claire Wood, Advisory Headteacher - Primaries

Claire joined the primary schools within The Trust in May 2010, having previously been AHT for Inclusion at Westlands Secondary School. Head of the SpLD and PD Units there and Secondary Lead Teacher for Inclusion for the County. Since moving into the primary sector she has been Headteacher of Regis Manor and Westlands Primary School and played a significant part in moving them to their 'Good' Ofsted judgement. She now works as a member of the Primary Improvement Team to support Headteachers and schools across the Trust to achieve their potential.



Sue Quirk, Advisory Headteacher - Primaries

Sue joined the Trust in September 2015 as a part time advisory headteacher. She had previously worked with the trust for two years as an independent educational consultant. After graduating from the University of London she began her teaching career in London and eventually became headteacher of a small infant school in the London Borough of Bromley. She gained a masters degree in education in 2002.

Sue then worked for two local authorities as a school improvement adviser and worked with the National College of School Leadership training and assessing school improvement partners. Sue has worked as both a lead and team Ofsted inspector for the last fourteen years and continues to inspect under the new framework. She has considerable experience of working with a range of schools including those in challenging circumstances.


Karen Mirams, Executive Headteacher- Regis Manor Primary School, Westlands Primary School & Primaries Project Lead

Karen joined the Trust as Deputy Headteacher at Regis Manor in July 2012 and was promoted to the role of Headteacher in October 2013. The school achieved a “Good” Ofsted grade in March 2014 through her strong leadership coupled with inspirational support from the Trust.

Karen began her teaching career following a 4-year BA with maths specialism at Greenwich University and spent 11 years teaching in schools in Medway and Kent before joining the Trust. She has particular experience in working in schools with higher than average levels of deprivation. Karen has strengths in data and analysis and a passion for developing teaching and learning. In April 2017, she was appointed as an Executive Headteacher leading Regis Manor Primary School and working with the Primary Improvement Team. Her role within the primary improvement team is to lead projects across the primaries including assessment reform, teaching and learning innovation and NQT development.

'Senior leaders, with support from the Swale Academies Trust, have successfully transformed this previously underperforming school.’

Istead Rise Primary School, Ofsted report October 2018

'Governors and the Swale Academies Trust provides effective support and challenge for school leaders.’

Regis Manor Primary School, Ofsted report March 2018

'The executive headteacher and the head of school are amibitious for the school. They have worked effectively with the staff and the Trust to ensure that teaching, learning, assessment and behaviour have improved across the school.'

South Borough Primary School, Ofsted report February 2018

‘Trust support for school leaders via the primary director of education and the executive headteacher has been clearly focused and effective in securing rapid school improvement.'

Beaver Green Primary School, Ofsted report November 2017

'Exceptionally strong partnerships between the trust, the executive board, the governing body and senior leaders continue to drive improvement in all aspects of school life.’

Westlands Primary School, Ofsted report May 2015