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Scholars Academy Trust

Scholars Academy Trust


Inderjit Sandhu OBE - Chief Executive Officer

Inderjit started teaching in 1986 and has worked in a variety of schools since that time. She has taught across the primary age range from Foundation to Year 6, during which time she held a variety of leadership roles, ranging from leading on English, assessment, curriculum and SEND. Inderjit has been a Headteacher since 1997, first as Acting Headteacher and subsequently as Headteacher in two different schools.

Inderjit was appointed the Headteacher of Launde Primary School in 2002 and subsequently became Executive Head of The Scholars Academy Trust in 2013, with Glenfield joining the Trust the following year in 2014. 

Inderjit became a National Leader in Education (NLE) in 2008 and as a result has considerable experience in supporting other schools to ensure pupils gain the best from primary education. She completed her teaching fellowship in 2012 which enables her to appreciate education on all levels i.e. local, national and international basis.

Inderjit passionately believes that we must ensure all children receive the best education that we can provide. In order to do this we must work collaboratively both within and beyond our schools; within her role as NLE, Executive Headteacher of the Scholars Academy Trust and as the Director of the Oadby Learning Partnership Teaching School and Chair of East Midlands teaching schools alliance, she is able to facilitate such learning.

Kathryn Priddey - Head of School Improvement

An experienced head teacher with considerable expertise of school improvement having previously worked in schools requiring support. Through the teaching school she has supported schools to improve over the last three years. Very knowledgeable about evidence-based curriculum design and delivery. Knowledge that is well-used to train teachers at all levels from NQT to senior staff. Coaching senior leaders across schools to enhance the educational experiences of children. Successfully action plans with school staff to drive standards and hold them to account. 

Tanya Jones - Chief Financial Officer

Tanya has worked in the public and not for profit sector since 1993 and have been a member of the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA) since 2010. During her career she has monitored and managed budgets ranging from £6k to £125m. All activity has been within regulatory frameworks, including Charities SORP, Academy Accounts Direction, Academies Financial Handbook, the Companies Act, the 7 principles of public life and FRS.

Tanya has worked in the education sector for over 9 years in a variety of senior finance roles, starting as a school business manager in a maintained Nottinghamshire school. The school converted to an academy with E-ACT under a sponsorship arrangement shortly after she joined, and she was the local point of contact for the conversion. After 3 years as an academy finance director, Tanya moved to E-ACT’s Head Office in London/Kettering for a few months to support the audit and work on their statutory accounts, and then spent a year as their first internal auditor. In 2016 she became the senior finance business partner for L.E.A.D Academy Trust in Nottingham, leading on the financial management and reporting for the trust. This included financial due diligence on the conversion of two maintained secondary school and transferring in one secondary and four primary academies into the trust’s finance systems and processes. In 2017 she became head of finance for a group of charities focussing on post-16 qualifications and CPD, and was promoted to Assistant Director Finance in 2019.

In Tanya's current role is Chief Financial Officer for Scholars Academy Trust she is responsible for all financial management across the trust. 


Mark Barrington - Chief Operating Officer

Mark joined Scholars Academy Trust in September 2021, having previously held the role of Head of Operations for the East Midlands region of The Prince's Trust charity. During this time Mark worked with schools and organisations across the public sector to create opportunities to better the prospects of young people in the region. Mark has also previously held an operational leadership role with Premier Education where he oversaw a period of rapid expansion in terms of territories in which the Franchise company operated. In this role, Mark worked with primary schools from across Leicestershire & Northamptonshire. Prior to working in operations, Mark was a secondary school teacher in Northamptonshire for a number of years. 

Mark's role as COO is a strategic leadership role which provides support in many areas to the heads of each school in the Trust and the wider executive leadership team.  Mark's responsibilities are to lead and manage in aspects of estate management, health & safety, ICT, new school integration, HR and marketing. Mark also works in conjunction with the Chief Finance Office to manage the Trust's finances.


Wendy Toon - Finance Officer

Wendy has worked in a finance environment throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Her most recent role in the private sector was as management account for a manufacturing company with a turnover of approx. £6m.

Throughout the last six years Wendy has been employed within the education sector, both at a further education college and at Scholars Academy Trust. Wendy understands the need for transparency when dealing with public funds and has completed the annual accounts for three years.  Her role in brief involves;

  • Advising the Trust on all matter related to the financial strategy within the financial frameworks
  • Ensure the Trust upholds good accounting, reporting and internal control systems
  • Liaise with senior staff to develop five year budget plans for each school as well as that of the MAT
  • Monitor expenditure and report to Trust of income and cash flow for each academy
  • Ensure the Trust meets all compliance requirements of the EFSA
  • To work with the Trust Accountant to co-ordinate and co-operate with the work of the external auditor and prepare and submit audited statutory consolidated accounts to the EFA and Companies House in accordance with required deadlines.

Wendy has qualified with the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Institute of Credit Management, holds an Open University Certificate in Management and has completed the CIPFA Financial Reporting for Academies in 2017.

Ralph Wood - Head of Governance

An education professional with 30 years’ experience, Ralph taught and led in primary schools ranging in size from 70 to 320 pupils. He worked 14 years as a headteacher, 4 years as a deputy headteacher and 26 years as a governor. He is also a trustee of a Leicestershire academy trust.

Recently retired from 6 years spent in a school effectiveness role in a local multi-academy trust of 14 schools, Ralph now serves as Head of Governance and Clerk to the Trust Board at Scholars Academy Trust, supporting the work of trustees and local governors to enable high quality governance, working closely with the other executive leaders to continue to make Scholars Academy Trust a success.