Our Senior Team
Here you can meet the members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Secondary Lead of SCAT
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 a member of the Trust Strategy Team. Throughout his time at Shireland he has 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.
He is the Chief Operating Officer Shireland Learning, the Academy’s school based company, providing technology, back office and curriculum services to schools throughout the region. Working with the Central Team at the Trust he has led on a number of successful Free School applications and is looking forward to the continued successes of West Bromwich Collegiate Academy.
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.
Teaching and Learning
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 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 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.
David Irish is the Principal of Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, Secondary Lead for the Trust and is a Specialist Leader of Education. He has worked in education for over 20 years and has been a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Shireland for the last six.
David has worked on Senior Leadership Teams both in middle and secondary settings. Whilst working in middle schools, David had responsibility for standards across KS2 and KS3. He has been supporting schools in the locality through his role as a member of the Local Authority Fair Access Panel, and also as Chair of Governors for Sandwell Community Secondary for Alternative Provision.