Regional Executive Principal, BA, JP, Post Grad Ed, QTS, NPQH, PQSI
Cassandra Williams, Regional Executive Principal, East of England, is responsible for guiding, supporting and challenging the principals of each school in her area to become the best they can be for the improvement of their students. She also works part-time as a Lead Inspector for Ofsted which gives her a first class understanding of external expectations.
As a pupil premium reviewer, she has supported the development of pupil premium strategies across all her schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Cassandra, who joined Bright Tribe in Sept 2017, has over 20 years experience in the education field, working in a range of senior leadership roles covering small 100-pupil primaries to large urban multicultural schools.
In her last post as Head Teacher, Thurton Church of England Primary School, Norfolk, Cassandra took the school from Special Measures to Outstanding in every criteria – an accolade that HMI has awarded just three times in the past 16 years. A complete culture change was implemented, where children were put to the centre of everything that happened. In the same year, Thurton Primary was recognised in the Chief Ofsted Inspector’s Annual Report as the Primary example of outstanding practice.
During her final three years at Thurton, Cassandra supported a range of schools through their learning and improvement journey, as a Norfolk Local Leader of Education. This helped her to understand the power of support, and the need to challenge and build confidence in the Head Teachers that come within her remit.
Cassandra also sits on the Early Excellence National Head Teacher panel, which offers advice to the Minister of Education. She was also a member of the review board for The Hundred Review into best practice for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This report was welcomed internationally.