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WSAT Leadership Team

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Paul Rushforth is the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust.

He has been a Headteacher of four schools over the last 21 years and is currently a National Leader of Education as his leadership was judged outstanding by Ofsted. Paul has worked as an additional inspector and lead inspector for 11 years and been based in West Somerset for the past 15 years. He works with a number of partner Trusts to review primary and secondary provision across the South West

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Kim Hartley is the Executive SENDCo for the West Somerset Academies Trust and West Somerset Opportunity Area. Kim's career in education began 15 years ago and she has taught children from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5. Kim is both an experienced teacher and leader, particularly within Secondary English departments and has a real passion for ensuring all children are given opportunities to thrive. In her current role, Kim will be responsible for training the area's teaching assistants, ensuring that the needs of our SEND children are being met as well as working closely with the SENDCo managers within each setting.

Judy Shore is the WSAT HR and Payroll Manager.

Judy has worked in schools for the last 27 years, primarily at a Junior School in Highbridge and then for Minehead Middle and now for WSAT. She previously trained as a Nurse and qualified as an SRN and also worked as a Manager of a large distribution depot.  Judy loves her  job and is extremely experienced in all aspects of HR management, and associated practices. Currently she is running the payroll system for the WSAT.  She is married with 4 children and 8 grand children.