Who's Who


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Peter Bell

I have been the CEO of C.I.T. since 2014 when it was formed by Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) - Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School.  I am the Executive Head of both the founding schools and led them to be graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2013. 

Since 2014 the Trust has grown to 7 schools with another primary due to join subject to consultation this Autumn.  Both Ambergate and Sandon successfully achieved National Support School Status in June 2013 and the schools were designated as Sponsor Academies in June 2014 and as Teaching Schools in September 2015.  I am also a National Leader of Education.  In this role I have supported a number of schools either in special measures or causing the LA concern.  

I worked as part of the Lincolnshire “No school left behind” project board.  The focus of the Board was to put into place a county wide program of school to school support and peer review.  This process is now support by the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership, which I am now a Board Member.  I am also a serving Ofsted Inspector. 

Being a founding Trustee, I am fully invested and passionate about achieving C.I.T.’s purpose and up holding its values. 

I bring drive, ambition and the skill set to ensure that the individual pupils within C.I.T. receive the highest levels of education and care.

Outside of work I am fully involved with my family, having a beautiful wife and 3 young boys.

Adrian Finn
Chief Operating Officer 
I became the Chief Operating Officer for C.I.T. last year.  My role involves looking at all the support infrastructure (HR, Payroll, Finance, Admin & Procurement) for all schools in the Trust, and gaining the best value for money deals from our suppliers. I am also involved in any new school conversions that come into the Trust and will be making sure that firm foundations for growth are in place to make this happen.
I believe that through continued good practice we can achieve an effective environment that will ensure all our pupils get 100% of what they deserve from the Trust.  This will in enable us to continue to build on the excellence already established.  

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Claire Buffham 
Director of Education                                                                                   
As Director of Education for C.I.T. my main role is to ensure a high standard of education across the trust. To do this I run the health checks across all the schools and ensure that bespoke development packages are in place for each school. I am currently training to be a Lead Ofsted Inspector. 

Also as part of my role, I have set up and am responsible for the Lincolnshire Education and Research Network Teaching School Alliance (LEARN). My vision for LEARN is to create a central hub to meet the SEN needs of all Lincolnshire schools.  

My other passion is coaching and I am an ICF registered coach. We have set up leadership coaching programs but I am always happy to talk through any bespoke coaching needs.

Prior to becoming Director of Education I was Senior Principal at Sandon School and have worked within the SEN sector since 2001, prior to this I was a mainstream teacher.

Ann White
HR Lead
My role as Human Resources Lead for C.I.T. enables me to visit and share good practice with other schools across C.I.T.  I contribute to policies and procedures and lead on recruitment for the Trust, giving advice and guidance to managers and staff alike.

I am also very privileged to be a part of LEARN Teaching School Alliance.  My role as Director of LEARN is one of excitement and challenge as the Teaching School rapidly grows from strength to strength.  

I have worked in the education sector since 1988.   

Louise Perkins
Conversion Manager 
I joined C.I.T. in December 2015.  I project manage the conversions of schools joining the Trust.  I also complete the due diligence for academisations.

I pulled together the Free School Application and am now project managing the pre-opening phase of Poplar Farm School.

I am from a HR and Operations background so in between projects, I help schools across the Trust to manage their staffing levels to meet budget constraints.

I am married with two children, we live in Nottingham.  

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Head of Communications & Fundraising
I have worked for C.I.T. since it was formed in September 2014.  Prior to this I worked at one of the founding schools, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF). 
My job is to look after public relations and marketing for all schools across the Trust, and also to source funding for specific projects for individual schools across the Trust.
Before joining GANF, I worked as a Marketing Manager for a midlands based HR Consultancy and prior to that, I was Sales Director for Hereward FM, part of The Global Radio Group.
I am married with four children and a mischievous puppy called Murphy. 

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Strategic Lead of Technology
I have recently joined C.I.T. after many years working at Woodlands Academy as a teacher and senior leader. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there working with SEMH children.  My background prior to that was spent within the information and technology industry for over 20 years. 

I am now responsible for all aspects of ICT across the Trust including procurement, communication and training.

Make a DonationC.I.T. Academies is an exempt charity and not for profit organisation. We put learners first in everything that we do and strive to offer our pupils more than an education. We have projects running across all schools within the Trust. If you would like to donate please use the button on the right. Thank you. 

To visit individual school websites, please click on an Academy below... 

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POPLAR FARM PRIMARY SCHOOL - Helmsley Road, Grantham, NG31 8XF. Telephone 01476 515321


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WOODLANDS ACADEMY - Partney Road, Spilsby, Lincs, PE23 1EJ. Telephone 01790 753902

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Isaac Logo ISAAC NEWTON PRIMARY SCHOOL - Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7DG. Telephone 01476 568616 Ofsted GOOD

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SPALDING SPECIAL SCHOOLS                                                                               

The Priory School, Neville Avenue, Spalding, PE11 2EH. Telephone 01775 724080.                                             

The Garth School, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, PE11 1QF. Telephone 01775 725566

 ofsted outstanding 2014 2015

01 Caythorpe use CAYTHORPE PRIMARY SCHOOL - High Street, Caythorpe, NG32 3DR. Telephone 01400 272600 Ofsted GOOD

ganf logov9b fellowship 700 trans GRANTHAM ADDITIONAL NEEDS FELLOWSHIP                                                                                                               Ambergate Sports College, Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7LP. Telephone 01476 564957                                   Sandon School, Sandon Close, Grantham, NG31 9AX. Telephone 01476 564994

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John Fielding logo with tree THE JOHN FIELDING SPECIAL SCHOOL - Ashlawn Drive, Boston, PE21 9PX. Telephone 01205 363395  ofsted good 2013 1

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Autumn Park, Dysart Road,   Grantham, NG31 7EU. Telephone 01476 515322