Anthony Partington

Executive Director of Education and Executive Principal, Stamford Welland Academy

Anthony joined CMAT in 2010 as part of the team seconded from Swavesey to support Orton Longueville School in its transition to Nene Park Academy. In July 2014, Anthony was appointed as Principal of Stamford Welland Academy in its conversion from Stamford Queen Eleanor with the brief to deliver the ‘Stamford Free School’ vision.  In April 2018, he moved to be the academy’s Executive Principal alongside his wider trust role.

At Nene Park, he worked as Assistant Principal leading on development of the sixth form, literacy, English as an additional language, special needs and latterly as the Vice Principal with responsibility for the curriculum, timetable and student achievement throughout the academy.

Anthony is a Specialist Leader of Education for the Cambridge Teaching School Network and he coordinates the development of teaching, professional learning and leadership across CMAT. He is a the chair of the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership Board, driving school improvement and peer review across the county.

After leaving Christ Church, Oxford, Anthony worked in the City of London in public, media and analyst relations. But his passion for English Literature and life-long learning led him to being asked to work first as an unqualified teacher as part of the reforms at a previously underperforming school in Bolton and then to Trinity College, Cambridge to train as an English teacher in 2002. He has worked as a head of house and head of English at a number of successful schools in Cambridgeshire, including leading the internationally renowned English and media faculty across the Parkside Federation of academies in Cambridge.

He has conducted research with the Institute of Education into the teaching of literacy, is a frequent conference speaker on English and curriculum design and author of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ in the Cambridge University Press Cambridge School Shakespeare series.