The Trust Team

The Trust Team, comprising of the Executive Leadership Team and Trust Central Team, supports each of our schools in meeting their statutory and regulatory requirements while aiding and managing operational services across the Trust.

The Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team, comprising of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy CEO, holds the senior leadership in each of the schools to account, provides support and guidance to the school’s Head Teachers and formulates bespoke School Improvement Programmes based on an audit of the school’s current strengths and needs.

Ruth Doughty
Chief Executive Officer

Having trained in London, I began my teaching career in Bexley then moved into Kent teaching at schools in the North Kent area. I was a Leading Maths Teacher for Kent supporting many schools.  I have been a Headteacher since 2004, starting at Culverstone Green which was a ‘satisfactory’ school but it moved to good within a short space of time.

After doing some collaborative work with schools in our area, I became an LLE as part of a pilot project in North Kent and spent time as Executive Headteacher of Platt Primary School and Culverstone Green Primary School in 2012.  I have had experience as a mentor for Head Teachers new to post. In addition, I have been a representative on the North Board of KAH for the past four years.

In October 2015, in conjunction with the Headteacher of Riverview Infant School, we formed The Pathway Academy Trust as both schools have the shared ethos of child-centred learning.  We are delighted that our Trust has grown over the past three years, with Riverview Junior School being sponsored to us in 2017 as part of their improvement journey.  Wrotham Road Primary School joined in June 2018 and Meopham Community Academy joining in September 2018 and we are excited to move forward together.  The growth of the trust has been exciting to watch as the opportunities for pupils and staff are growing.  We are now five schools and plans for trust improvement are robust.

I live in London with my husband and one cat! In my spare time I enjoy Pilates and swimming.  To relax, I love reading and enjoying going for long walks!

Nicole Caulfield
Deputy CEO

Having started my teaching career in Worcestershire, I moved to Birmingham and then into leadership roles in Kent, firstly as Early Years Leader, then as Deputy Head, giving me experience in a range of different schools and Local Authorities.

I have been a Headteacher since 2001, firstly at a small Infant school in Medway, which moved from ‘Notice to Improve’ to Good with excellent features in 18 months.  I then moved to Gravesham in 2010 to be Head of a four form entry Infant School, which was graded Good prior to conversion.

After doing some collaborative work with schools in our area, I became an LLE as part of a pilot project in North Kent and spent time as Executive Headteacher of Riverview Junior School between July 2015 – December 2016

In October 2015 in conjunction with the Headteacher of Culverstone Green Primary School we formed The Pathway Academy Trust as we both have the shared ethos of child-centred learning.  We both want the children in our schools to leave us remembering memorable experiences, creative learning and innovative outstanding teaching and share the strong belief that as leaders we have a collective moral purpose to be outward looking and to work together in collaborations that directly impact on positive outcomes for children and staff.

Much of my experience as a school leader has been in EYFS and in KS1 which is an area of expertise; including curriculum design and development and teaching and learning.

I have areas of expertise within the structures, systems, processes and procedures that enable schools to run effectively listed below:

  • Developing Teams
  • Performance Management
  • Leading change and improvement
  • Developing leadership & management capacity
  • Supporting Head Teachers new to post
  • Health & Safety

In addition, I have been a representative on the North Board of KAH for the past four years and am the current Leadership Advocate for the North.

We are delighted that our Trust has grown over the past three years, with Riverview Junior School being sponsored to us in 2017 as part of their improvement journey.  Wrotham Road Primary School joined in June 2018 and Meopham Community Academy joining in September 2018 and we are excited to move forward together.

I live in North Kent with my husband, step-son, 2 cats and a rabbit. Much of my spare time is taken up with riding my horse. I also enjoy travelling, seeing friends and family, going to the cinema and theatre.

The Trust Central Team

The Trust Central Team, comprising of the Trust Business Manager, Trust Finance, Personnel and Data Officer and Trust Secretary are responsible for the operational functions of the Trust and provide Business Management support to the schools. They source and procure contracts for services for all of the schools and the Trust’s central operations. They constantly review the service delivered to ensure that it meets expectations and delivers value for money. The team works closely with the school’s finance teams to identify opportunities for the joint procurement of services, thereby using economies of scale to enable discounts on the services offered, both at School and Trust level.

Examples of Central services procured by The Pathway Academy Trust;

  • Finance – Suite of financial planning software and support in budget preparation
  • Accountancy services and provision of statutory accounts
  • Employment Law advice and Human Resource management
  • Clerking services and support for local governing bodies
  • Premises support and health and safety consultancy
  • Business Management support
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Legal services
  • Internal Intranet and shared files
  • GDPR software and DPO Service
  • Trust wide educational subscriptions

The Trust Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that all of the schools within The Pathway Academy Trust are providing a good quality of education for our children.

The Trust Team

The Trust Team, comprising of the Executive Leadership Team and Trust Central Team, supports each of our schools in meeting their statutory and regulatory requirements while aiding and managing operational services across the Trust.

The School Leadership

The Trust Leadership Team, comprising of the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy CEO and Head Teachers, meet regularly and work together to drive school improvement in all areas of The Pathway Academy Trust.

Local Governing Bodies

Each school within The Pathway Academy Trust has retained a Local Governing Body (LGB) to monitor the standards of Teaching and Learning at local level.