Sarah Finch

Sarah Finch
CEO of the Marches Academy Trust
Consultant for NPQEL NPQH
Advanced Facilitator NPQEL NPQH

Sarah is the CEO of The Marches Academy Trust, a multi-academy sponsor based in Shropshire. There are currently 9 schools within the Trust, five primary and four secondary. As CEO, Sarah continues to drive the Trust to expand, employing its capacity and experience to inspire and motivate students and staff and create a family of academy schools with a shared set of visions and values.   She monitors standards within the Trust, evaluating the progress of sponsored schools and reports on her work to the Board of Trustees.

Sarah is chair of the Executive Management Board for the Alliance. Sarah is an NLE and an advanced facilitator and source of expertise and consultancy for the design and delivery of the NPQH and the new NPQEL. She is also a National College for Teaching and Leadership Fellow and was key in developing education policy and recommendations for ministers for the changes to recruitment of teachers, development of teacher training in schools and professional development opportunities that retains people in the profession.

Sarah is the Sub-Regional Lead of Teaching Schools for Shropshire and Telford. Part of this role has been to lead the secondary phase of the SSIF bid. This has had a significant impact on schools in Shropshire and Telford. She also leads the School Improvement work for Telford and Shropshire which again will have impact on those identified as tier one and two schools. Sarah’s NLE work has also meant that she is working on the Tailored Support Programme supporting five schools with recruitment and retention on behalf of the regional DfE.

Sarah believes in outward facing and visionary leadership and she is intent on the Alliance of Leading Learning achieving its vision to embrace the school led system; working closely with lead partners, to provide gold standard professional learning and school improvement projects nationally and internationally.