Ian Raikes – CEO Southport Learning Trust

Ian is proud to be the CEO of Southport Learning Trust since its formation in July 2017 and is passionate about improving the life chances of all students in our area. Ian was the Headteacher of Greenbank High School until August 2021, a high performing secondary school in Southport and approved DFE sponsor since 2017. Ian is a Geography teacher and has a real interest in sustainability and climate change. Ian always wants students to dream and aspire high and sits on the national Headteacher Advisory Group of the Careers and Enterprise Company which strategically supports the Department for Education Careers Strategy. Ian is passionate about developing gold standard leaders and has been a lead deliverer of NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders) and NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) over the past decade. He has achieved the NPQH and more recently NPQEL (National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership)in 2020 as a member of the first cohort nationally. Ian is the current chair of the Southport Learning Partnership consisting of all the primary and secondary schools in Southport which is passionately developing projects related to reading, mental health and wellbeing and equality and diversity this year. Ian is an active board member of Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership representing local Headteachers and secondary schools on the strategic development of safeguarding. Ian is a member of the Governing Body of Sefton SKY Music Hub partnership supporting the strategic development of music education in the locality and believes the Arts should be at the heart of the curriculum of all great schools. Ian spends any spare time with his wife and four children and has coached junior football for 25 years. Ian is a passionate Welshman and avid supporter of Cardiff City Football Club, Glamorgan and England cricket and Welsh rugby!

Katy Robinson – Greenbank High School

Katy joined Greenbank High School in September 2012 as Assistant Headteacher and worked in this role with a focus on Teaching and Learning.  In 2016 she became Deputy Headteacher and was delighted to be appointed as Headteacher in September 2022.

Katy first developed her passion for education whilst teaching primary and secondary pupils in France as part of her degree course.  Her teaching career began as a teacher of French and Head of Languages in Stoke-on-Trent where she spent four years. From there she was appointed as Teaching and Learning lead at a school on the Wirral where she spent a further four years leading on Teaching and Learning.

Katy loves to travel and takes full advantage of the local area and various visits in the UK and abroad. This passion translates to the numerous school visits Katy has led with pupils in all schools she has worked in, as well as the focus of her educational vision being to ensure that all pupils access a world class education. Bringing the curriculum to life is a key part of her approach and one of the reasons why she is so proud to be Headteacher at Greenbank High School where the staff go above and beyond with all the opportunities they offer the pupils. Greenbank is such a special environment, focussed on making sure every child can reach their potential through high expectations, excellent subject knowledge and a ‘can do’ approach to everything.

Katy sits on the Southport College and KGV Board of Governors and generally likes to get involved in new challenges whether cycling, swimming in the sea or signing up for a competition.

Neil Moore  – Headteacher Stanley High School 

I have had the privilege to work across schools within the Southport Learning Trust since January 2002. Formally Deputy Headteacher at Greenbank High School, I was delighted to be appointed Headteacher at Stanley High School in October 2016. Since my appointment, the school has been on a rapid journey of improvement, culminating in the school’s first ever ‘Good’ Ofsted grading in February 2020 and the highest ever admission number of 180 students enrolling in September 2020.

I am extremely proud of our school community and the positive, aspirational ethos we have day in day out across the school. Our staff are dedicated, caring professionals, who challenge students to excel and achieve their very best.  Students quickly become resilient, determined and inquisitive, independent learners and this is reflected in the excellent outcomes they gain in their GCSE examinations.

Recently I have chaired both the Sefton Association of Secondary Headteachers and Southport Learning Partnership, and engage regularly in collaboration and partnership work across the local authority.

Outside of work, I am a keen cyclist, History enthusiast and enjoy travelling with my family. I have two football mad children, and often spend weekends on muddy football pitches with Tom and Izzy.

Christina Greaves – Kew Woods Primary School 

Christina has been the headteacher of Kew Woods Primary School since September 2012. Kew Woods Primary school is a two-form entry school in Southport. 20% of pupils are pupil premium, 23% are free school meals, 26% have special educational needs, 4% have an Educational Health Care Plan, 10% of pupils have EAL. Kew Woods was rated a Good school by Ofsted November 2017 and chose to academise and become part of The Southport Learning Trust on 1st April 2019.

Kew Woods has been awarded Early Years Quality Mark, ArtsMark Silver, Sports Mark Platinum, National Children’s Bureau Well-being for school’s Award, Anti-Bullying Alliance Gold School Award and is an Apple Regional Training Centre for Technology. In 2021, the school was awarded the Optimus SEND Inclusion Aware and achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark in September 2021.


Prior to headship Christina was an assistant headteacher of a one-form entry primary school with a nursery class, 6 Local Authority additional resource inclusion bases and a Children’s Centre in Bootle, Merseyside. Christina was responsible for standards and progress in English and mathematics across the school including the six additional resource inclusion bases for pupils with ASD, speech and language, emotional behaviour difficulties and moderate learning difficulties. Through this experience Christina has particular strengths in the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and a strong curriculum knowledge from early years to the end of key stage 2 in the teaching of English and mathematics.


Christina sits on the In Year Fair Access Panel for Sefton and has been part of the interviewing process for PGCE and QTS students at Edge Hill University. She also sits on Sefton EHCP Panel and is a member of the board of Trustees for the Children’s University.

Davina Aspinall –  Maghull High School


It was a real privilege to be appointed as Headteacher of Maghull High School in September 2018 after 13 years as Senior Deputy Headteacher.  I am also currently Chair of Sefton Association of Secondary Headteachers (SASH).


Students, parents and staff are extremely proud of our relentless drive for excellence at Maghull High School.  We seek to instil a culture of aspiration through the delivery of high quality teaching supported by outstanding pastoral care.


Over the last 25 years I have enjoyed a number of strategic leadership roles, covering a wide range of educational areas in several successful 11-18 schools in Liverpool and Sefton.  My teaching specialisms are economics, business studies, computer science and ICT.


I am Mum to Ruby, an energetic 8-year-old, who loves cats, dogs and Fortnite.  As a family, we enjoy going on bike rides, swimming and rollercoaster rides.

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