Meet the Team

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Our Senior Team

Here you can meet the members of the Senior Leadership Team.

George Faux

Secondary Lead of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust

George Faux has been Principal of the Academy since 2019 and spent the prior year creating the Academy vision, building, staffing, curriculum and policy.

Prior to his role as Principal at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy George Faux was the Senior Vice Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy for four years, having spent 16 years at the Academy. 

He is also the Secondary School Improvement Lead for the Academy Trust overseeing the progress of it’s five secondary Academies. Throughout his time at Shireland he helped lead the Academy through three outstanding Ofsted inspections.

George is a Specialist Leader of Education and has frequently spoken at national conferences about a better curriculum for students especially at KS3. George led Literacy for Life at Shireland for many years and has recently managed its implementation in a number of other schools.

Working with the Central Team at the Trust he has led on a number of successful Free School applications including the recently opened CBSO Academy and is looking forward to the continued success of West Bromwich Collegiate Academy.

Mary Henderson

Vice Principal
Curriculum and Standards

Mary Henderson  has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at all three secondary academies that form part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust. Her career began at Thorns Collegiate Academy where roles included Head of Science  and Assistant Principal with a variety of responsibilities, including Transition, E-Learning, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Alternative Provision, Key Stage 4 Progress, More Able Students and LAC. She moved to Shireland Collegiate Academy in 2018 as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Key Stage 4 Outcomes before joining the newly established team at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy.

Mary grew up and was educated locally in the Black Country before reading a Masters Degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Her passion for Science and her  belief that all young people, regardless of their background, can accomplish anything, is resolute. Having a naturally competitive personality, Mary sets the highest standards for herself and those around her, always striving for the best possible outcomes.

Mary is also a member of the Science Department, delivering KS4 Science in our start of the art laboratories. She is passionate about all aspects of STEM and empowering young people, particularly young women, to embrace and pursue their interests, whatever they may be. She strives to instil a love of learning and knowledge, whilst supporting students to become well-rounded, responsible and happy young adults, who have pride in their community.

Hannah Percival

Vice Principal
Teaching and Learning

Hannah Percival joined West Bromwich Collegiate Academy as a Director of Literacy for Life in September 2019 and has now been promoted to the role of Vice Principal. She has experience as a Specialist Leader of Education and a Lead Practitioner, and worked as part of the Senior Leadership Team at Shenley Academy with responsibility for Teaching and Learning, for the ten years prior to joining WBCA.

Hannah is a History specialist who has previously held the roles of Head of History and Assistant Principal for the Humanities Faculty. She grew up and was educated in the Black Country, studying for a Modern History Degree (BA Hons) and PGCE at the University of Birmingham.

Hannah has a passion for teaching and learning and is experienced in coaching, mentoring and training leaders and teachers to support students in their learning to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Michelle Hill

Assistant Principal

Michelle Hill joined West Bromwich Collegiate Academy as Assistant Principal for Inclusion (SENCo) in Easter 2022. She is a very experienced SEND practitioner who has worked for the Local Authority as a Specialist Teacher for SEMH, and for the last three years as a Sandwell Local Authority SEND Advisor. Within the SEND Advisor role, she had an active role in school improvement for SEND across over 130 schools.

Michelle grew up locally in West Bromwich and after attending Brunel University to study Modern Drama, she returned to the West Midlands to complete her PGCE and NASENCo qualification.

Michelle has a passion for supporting SEND students and strives to improve the quality of provision across all areas of need. She is experienced in training school leaders to improve the quality of education for SEND students and has a drive to increase engagement with SEND families.

Emma Lewis

Assistant Principal

Emma Lewis joined the Senior Leadership Team in September 2021. Living and growing up in West Bromwich, Emma is well placed to serve the local community of students and families. She studied Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry at the University of West of England, Bristol, followed by PGCE Science (Chemistry) at the University of Birmingham.

Emma has been an Assistant Principal for a number of years with responsibilities in Pastoral, Behaviour,  Safeguarding and Wellbeing. Emma leads on Safeguarding and Online Safety for the Academy and co-ordinates a team of staff and student Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors. Emma’s subject specialism is in Chemistry and she teaches Science across a range of year groups. 

Mike Jennings

Assistant Principal

Mike Jennings joined the Senior Leadership Team in September 2021. Previously, Mike was Assistant Principal at a secondary school in Birmingham with responsibilities in Pastoral, Behaviour and Safeguarding. Mike is our pastoral lead for attendance and behaviour with a keen emphasis on ethos and positivity. He leads the pastoral team including Heads of Year as well as the Student Council. Mike is very active with developing community engagement – with students, parents, families, stakeholders, the police and other community services. 

Mike is also an experienced Historian and teaches GCSE History to Years 10 and 11. 

Sir Mark Grundy


Sir Mark was knighted in 2006 for his services to education and technology in the UK. Sir Mark has led two schools to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted; in March 2013, Shireland was judged for a third time to be an Outstanding and an “Exceptional” Academy. He now leads the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Sir Mark also works for the DfE as the Education Advisor to the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands and sits on the board of the Education Endowment Foundation.