Who's Who


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Head Teacher - Isaac Newton Primary School

I have been a Headteacher since October 2005 and a teacher since September 2000.  I love working in schools and have always worked in primary schools which have faced significant challenges.  Such challenges have been due either to the needs of the school community or a rating that the school has been given by OFSTED or the Local Authority. 

I am currently the substantive Headteacher of both Isaac Newton and Caythorpe Primary Schools.  These are my third and fourth headships. 

In December 2013 Isaac Newton Primary School joined the Community Inclusive Trust and I have been a member of the Strategic Heads Committee ever since.  My role within the committee is to both support and challenge the Trust as decisions are made.  I do this particularly in respect of the impact that decisions will have on the main stream primaries within the Trust or those main stream primaries that have signalled their intent to join with us. 

The role of the Strategic Headteachers’ Committee is extremely important as it makes recommendations to the Trust Board and uses delegated authorities to ensure that the pupils within the Trust continue to make excellent progress.  With a child centred approach the committee is able to ensure that the pupils within the Trust continue to flourish despite the uncertain times faced within so many areas of education.

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Claire Buffham

Director of Education - Community Inclusive Trust

As Director of Education at the Community Inclusive Trust, 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.
Also as part of my role, I 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 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.


Chris Armond

Executive Head Teacher - Woodlands Academy

I have worked in Special Education (BESD/SEMH) in Lincolnshire for 22 years. My previous roles include:

  • Head Teacher, Lady Jane Franklin School, Spilsby.
  • Deputy Head,  Sincil Sports College, Lincoln.
  • Assistant Head, Phoenix Academy, Grantham.
  • Senior Teacher, Stubton Hall School.

My current role is Executive Head Teacher of Woodlands Academy, Spilsby. This is a secondary special school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

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Peter Bell
CEO - C.I.T. Academies

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.

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Executive Head - Spalding Special Schools
I was appointed to my first Headship in 2005 at The Priory Special School in Spalding.  In 2007 the Priory School federated with The Garth Special School and I was appointed as the Executive Head Teacher across both schools.  In 2016 my Executive Headship responsibilities expanded to include The John Fielding Special School in Boston.  Since 2005 I have led the schools through six Ofsted Inspections with judgements always being at least ‘Good’ with The Garth School being rated most recently as ‘Outstanding’. 

In January 2016 I was appointed as a National Leader of Education. I have a proven track record of supporting and improving outcomes for pupils within special school settings. 

I am a Trustee because I have a strong vested interest in ensuring the development of our MAT brings about positive change and improved outcomes for pupils across our family of schools.  I am passionate about supporting the growth of the Trusts collaboration across C.I.T. schools and partners elsewhere, and the development of peer support and challenge. 

As a Trustee I would like to bring my experience of leading schools and my time within the field of education to support the strategic direction of the Trust and ensure that decisions taken are firmly rooted in the best interests of all the pupils within C.I.T.

I have three sons who keep me very busy, with weekends invariably spent watching either football or hockey in the cold and wet! In any spare time that presents itself I enjoy running and playing atrocious golf.

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

ofsted outstanding 2014 2015

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