Our Team

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sir Mark Grundy

Sir Mark was knighted in 2006 for his services to Education and Technology in the UK. He has led two schools to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted, and in March 2013 Shireland Collegiate Academy was judged for a third time to be an Outstanding and an “Exceptional” Academy. He now leads the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust as Chief Executive Officer.

“I joined Shireland as Head Teacher in 1997 and now as Chief Executive of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, have had the pleasure to serve its community and the families for over 20 years. Shireland has had a national reputation for a number of years for innovation, collaboration and for inspiring the individuals in its care.

We want every single person that comes through the doors of one of our schools to leave having grown as an individual, in terms of their skillset and their respect for others. We hope that everyone will have participated in a “Whole Education” that prepares them both personally and professionally and that they are well placed for a successful and happy life.

It is a great opportunity for us to be asked to open a Primary school in the Coseley area. Everyone who works with and for the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust does so because they believe in children and want their futures to be happy and successful”.

Primary Education Lead

Kirsty Tonks

Kirsty Tonks draws over two decades of teaching and leadership experience in both primary and secondary schools and believes that harnessing technology for learning can enable, engage and enthuse learners and lead to effective, sustained school improvement.

She is known nationally for her work on Technology for Learning and Flipped Learning and often advises other schools, local authorities and countries on the role of educational technology.

“We need the children of today to be prepared for the world in 20 years’ time. We have a duty to ensure they have the relevant skillset to be able to leave their education as well-rounded individuals who can harness technology to support their studies and beyond into the world of work. Many primary schools are not doing this well enough, leaving young people unable to manage social use of technology or technology in learning or in the workplace. Many businesses are being transformed by technology and need their workforce to be able to use it confidently and effectively.

As the Primary Education Lead for the Trust, my job is to ensure that the vision and ethos is translated and implemented across all of the primary schools and that each of the schools delivers the high expectations that the Trust has of providing the very best technology-enabled educational opportunities”