Joining the Tenax Schools Trust

The Trust is strategically led by the Executive Headteacher of Bennett, Ian Bauckham, who takes the role of Trust CEO. All multi academy trusts are required by the DfE to have a named CEO who is the accountable person for the Trust Board and the DfE and Regional Schools Commissioner for educational and financial performance. Ian is a National Leader of Education (NLE), an Ofsted Inspector and is a member of the Headteacher Board for the South London and South East region, meaning that he is able to make a direct contribution to the development of the academies landscape in our region. Ian will work closely with the growing team of strong primary headteachers in the Trust. From September 2016, this includes Richard Sutton-Smith who was formerly the Headteacher of an outstanding primary school, Claremont Primary in Tunbridge Wells, an NLE and initiator of a large primary Teaching School Alliance. Richard will be joining the Trust as Headteacher of Sir Henry Fermor School in September 2016.


Belonging to an area-wide Trust offers far greater opportunities for influence than single schools can normally achieve: the Trust working together aims to be greater than the sum of its constituent schools. We see the growth of the Tenax Schools Trust as an opportunity for schools, leaders and governors to step forward as co-shapers of the school led and self improving system in our area.


All schools in the Tenax Schools Trust have parity of esteem with other partners. The Trust respects the traditions and identities of individual schools whilst being committed to mutual support in pursuit of high standards for all children and good professional development and promotion opportunities for all staff.