The Evolve Trust - The Brunts Academy

The Evolve Trust

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The Brunts Academy is proud to the lead academy of The Evolve Trust. The Evolve Trust is a multi-academy trust and sponsor who believe passionately believe in working together to help all students achieve their very best outcomes through strong partnership and collaborative learning.

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Claire-Marie was welcomed as the Trusts’ new CEO in September having over 15 years of leadership experience in some of the country’s most challenging schools including both primary and secondary contexts.

She graduated from Sunderland University with a first class honours degree in education and began her teaching career in Stockton-On-Tees. Her outstanding classroom practice was quickly recognised with Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2002. From there Claire-Marie became a trouble shooter for failing schools and departments across the region and also advised the DfE and QCDA on innovative curriculum models and personalised pathways for students.

Claire-Marie has published many articles and journals on Teaching and Learning as well as various pieces on transformational leadership. She is passionate about social mobility and improving life chances of young people through quality first teaching and outstanding leadership.

She has been recognised nationally by TES Teaching Awards for her outstanding contribution to challenging urban education.

Meet The Evolve Trust Directors and Leaders

The Trust Schools

The Brunts Academy Trust changed its name to The Evolve Trust when it became a multi-academy trust in June 2014 to enable us to sponsor Beech Hill Special School (now The Beech Academy) in response to the educational needs of the local community.

The Bramble Academy (formerly Robin Hood Primary School) joined our Trust in January 2015.


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