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Cherry Edwards, Foundation Director and Chair of the Board

My name is Cherry Edwards and I live in the Grantham area. I retired in December 2015 having been a Headteacher for almost thirty four years. This included five headships covering rural and inner city settings, with the last twelve years serving as an Executive Headteacher in Lincolnshire and National Leader of Education from 2008. I was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2014.

I am very pleased and privileged to be able to continue to make a contribution to education within the Grantham community as a Foundation Director  for the schools of St Hugh’s and St John’s which make up the West Grantham Academies Trust (WGAT). I welcome the opportunity of working as part of a group of committed individuals to support the Executive Headteacher and her teams in providing the highest quality education for all our pupils and supporting our families.

Of course I wish to bring the experience and knowledge that I have within education to the role of Director, but I also have the excitement, love, passion and commitment to ensure that our young people, who are always the stars, receive the very best education possible.

 I am married with two wonderful daughters and four fabulous grandchildren. I am also a member of the Lincolnshire Diocesan Board of Education and have current active participation in my local Church as well as being a member of the Parochial Church Council.