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Ian Douglas, Headteacher

Brief Profile

Ian has been teaching for twenty years and has taught in two outstanding secondary schools. Ian is recognised as being one of the main leaders in the transformation over time of the outstanding Denbigh High School and worked there for sixteen years. Ian has been a Specialist Leader of Education advising schools in Luton, London and Stevenage on how to improve behaviour and attendance over time. Ian has a reputation of developing outstanding leaders in education and many of the staff he has trained or mentored now work as senior leaders in Chiltern Learning Trust schools.

Swimming coaching is one of Ian’s passions and he has coached elite swimmers to National and International level. He still coaches for a club and mentors coaches from other clubs.

Qualifications and Experience

  • SLE Behaviour and Attendance
  • Diploma in Educational Management
  • B.Ed. (Hons) Physical Education and Science, De Montfort University Bedford

2018- Present

Headteacher, Chiltern Academy


Senior Deputy Headteacher, Denbigh High School


Assistant Headteacher PDBW, Denbigh High School


Head of Year, Head of PE, Denbigh High School


Inclusion Manager, Roade School

Christopher Carter, Deputy Headteacher

Brief Profile

Christopher is an outstanding teacher and leader with a wealth of experience in leadership within outstanding secondary schools.  Christopher has experience of teaching Physical Education, History, Maths and Psychology, from KS3 through to KS4.  Christopher has 10 years of experience of leadership in personal development, behaviour and welfare; and is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead of the school.  He was a Year Leader for many years before becoming an Assistant Headteacher in charge of Support for Learning at Denbigh high School.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • OFP OLEVI facilitator
  • PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, Chiltern Training Group
  • BSc Hons Sport Psychology, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University

2019 - Present

Deputy Headteacher, Chiltern Academy

2018 - 2019

Senior Assistant Headteacher, Chiltern Academy

2015 - 2018

Assistant Headteacher, Denbigh High School

2008 - 2015

Year Leader, Denbigh High School

2007 - 2008

PE teacher, Denbigh High School

Julia Spence, Assistant Headteacher

Brief Profile

Julia is an experienced, outstanding PE teacher at  KS3, KS4, and KS5. Julia has led departmental teams in PE and PSHCE and has effectively managed students as a Head of Year, by creating a positive learning culture where all students have the highest behavioural standards.  Julia yields groups of students who demonstrate high levels of resilience and excellent interpersonal skills.   Julia is an experienced coach/mentor and has enjoyed trusted relationships with colleagues, empowering them to develop strategies to effectively manage classroom practice.

Julia was an Associate Assistant Headteacher and has led numerous whole school projects including the migration of the school’s Information Management System, and timetabling at Ridgeway Academy, part of the Alban Academies Trust.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Certificate of Further Professional Studies, Cambridge University
  • PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, De Montfort University, Bedford
  • BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science, University of Luton

2019 - Present

Assistant Headteacher, Chiltern Academy

2015 - 2019

Head of Year & Associate Assistant Headteacher, Ridgeway Academy

2012 - 2015

PE Teacher, Sir Frederic Osborn School

2010 - 2012

Assistant Head of PE, Sir Frederic Osborn School

2006 - 2012

PE teacher and PSHCE Co-Ordinator, Sir Frederic Osborn School



Umara Qureshi, Assistant Headteacher

Brief Profile

Umara is an outstanding science teacher with experience at KS3, KS4 and KS5 in Luton Secondary schools and is committed to driving excellence and outstanding progress at all levels. Umara has worked as a as a leader for raising standards within science departments across a MA resulting in significant improvement in outcomes at KS4 and KS5. She has Senior Leadership experience with the whole school  responsibility for KS4 achievement, developing intervention strategies, appraisals whole-school policies, managing educational visits, responsible for the pastoral care of a House and developing resources and pedagogy for the secondary science curriculum. Umara has extensive coaching and mentoring experience and has guided several teachers and middle leaders to develop outstanding practices.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • SLE Secondary Science
  • PGCE Science (CTG) University of Bedfordshire
  • BSc: Biomedical Sciences (Hons),  The University of Bedfordshire

2018- Present

SLE Science, Chiltern Learning Trust, Chiltern Academy


Assistant Principal - The Stockwood Park Academy


Lead Practitioner for Science - The Shared Learning Trust

Extended Leadership Team  at Chalk hills academy


Curriculum Leader for science at Chalk Hills Academy



Science KS3 and KS4 teacher at Denbigh High School. CTG mentor.         KS3 Science Coordinator 

Carl Belle, Assistant Headteacher

Brief Profile

Carl is an outstanding teacher with experience in leadership within several local schools. Carl has experience of teaching Physical Education and Maths from KS3 through to KS4.  He has Senior Leadership experience in raising pupil outcomes, intervention, appraisals, whole-school policies and monitoring the quality of teaching and learning across the school. 

Carl is a qualified OFP Olevi facilitator and has led the ‘Outstanding Teacher Programme’ and the ‘Improving Teacher Programme,’ leading to improved teacher performance. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Level 2 Designated Safeguarding Certificate
  • OFP OLEVI facilitator
  • PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, Chiltern Training Group
  • BSc Hons Sport Science, Brunel University
2019 - Present Assistant Headteacher, Chiltern Academy
2017 - 2019 Deputy Headteacher, Marston Vale Middle School
2015- 2017 Assistant Headteacher (T&LA), Marston Vale Middle School
2013 - 2015 Associate Assistant Headteacher (T&L), Lea Manor High School
2010 - 2013 Head of PE, Lea Manor High School
2009 - 2010 Advanced Skills Teacher, Lea Manor High School

Shenila Abbas, Teacher for Mathematics / Specialist Leader of Education

Brief Profile

Shenila is an exceptional secondary Mathematics teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. She has in depth knowledge of Mathematics teaching and assessment and has developed a successful structure to coordinate the mentoring of NQTs and PGCE students to high standards.  She is the course leader for the Maths TSST programme and has set up the curriculum for Chiltern Academy.  Shenila has worked with primary schools to improve Mathematics teaching and lessen the gap in the transition to secondary school. Shenila has been parts on university studies to promote mathematical thinking and manipulative structures.

Shenila is an outstanding facilitator for the Chiltern Learning Trust developing from NQT’s to senior leaders.

Qualifications and Experience

  • SLE, Power of Coaching  and OFP OlLEVI facilitator
  • PGCE in Secondary Mathematics, Brunel University
  • BSC Economics, Guildhall University
  • Maths Mastery

2018 – Present

SLE Mathematics, Chiltern Learning Trust, Chiltern Academy


SLE Mathematics, Chiltern Learning Trust, Challney High School for Boys, Luton


KS3-KS4 Maths  teacher / Mentor, Stopsley High School, Luton


KS3-KS5 Maths teacher, Drayton Manor High School, Ealing


 KS3-KS5 Maths teacher, Oakland School, Horley, Surrey


Trainee teacher, Francis Holland School for Girls, London

Amy Lane, Teacher of English/Specialist Leader of Education

Brief Profile

Amy is an outstanding English teacher with a thorough knowledge of the English curriculum at both KS3 and KS4. She has a secure understanding of assessment in English and has developed a comprehensive means of assessment without levels at KS3 English. She is also responsible for teaching, learning and assessment at a whole school level. Amy is also very knowledgeable in the area of provision for more and most able pupils and has successfully developed whole school initiatives based on academic research.  Amy has delivered numerous CPD sessions, sharing outstanding practice at local and national levels. Amy has successfully mentored NQTs and trainees and has worked closely with the Chiltern Training Group as an examiner and a TST.

Qualifications and Experience

MA Education Distinction, University of Bedfordshire

PGCE in Secondary English, Chiltern Training Group

BA Hons English and Drama, University of Northampton

2018 – Present

SLE English, Chiltern Academy


SLE English, Denbigh High School


Responsibility for the provision of more / most able pupils


Assistant Teaching and Learning Leader for English


Teacher of English and Drama

Dan Pallett, Teacher of Design, Technology & Engineering/Specialist Leader of Education

Brief Profile

Dan has worked in three outstanding schools, leading an outstanding Design Technology and Engineering faculty within a Teaching School. He has expertise across Engineering, Resistant Materials, Graphic Design and Product Design. He has designed innovative curriculums in KS1-5 that have revolutionised the teaching of Design and Engineering, and given rise to outstanding pupil outcomes. Recently, Dan has transformed Challney Boys Engineering Department, not only vastly improving their grades but increasing pupils opting for engineering tenfold. As an SLE Dan has undertaken outreach work in Secondary, Middle and Primary Schools, UTC’s and Colleges; he was also heavily involved in the conception of the Chiltern Academy and its Engineering status. He is an Accredited Google Educator and has a vast experience on school management systems such as SIMS. Dan has been on Senior Leadership Teams in two previous schools, has experience teaching in challenging environments and has expertise in behaviour strategies.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Google Certificated Educator
  • SLE Design and Technology, East of England SLE Partnership
  • Aspiring Senior Leaders Program, CBTS
  • BA Hons Secondary D&T, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • DATA Member DATA Workshop Health and Safety Accredited 

2018 – Present

SLE DT&E Chiltern Academy, Chiltern Learning Trust

2016 - 18

SLE DT&E Challney High School for Boys, Chiltern Learning Trust

2013 - 16

Head of DT&E Robert Bloomfield Academy, BEMAT

2006 - 13

Head of Year & Head of Graphics The Knights Templar School


Teacher of Design Technology, The Knights Templar School

2000 - 2001

NQT Teacher of Design Technology, Sir Frederic Osborne School


Aerospace Engineer, Rolls Royce, Leavesden & Bristol