School-to-School Support

John TomasevicCEO, Nova Education Trust

John is a National Leader of Education and serves on the DfE Head Teacher Reference Group. He led Toot Hill School from a ‘satisfactory’ Ofsted judgment in 2004, to ‘good’ in 2008 and then to ‘outstanding’ in 2011.

John provides the strategic lead for the Nova Education Trust, having been instrumental in our formation and growth over the last five years.

After five years as Executive Head Teacher at Toot Hill School, Meden School, Nottingham Free School, NUSA and NUAST, John is now focusing on leading the trust’s development of infrastructure and educational vision.

David HookerVice CEO/Executive Head Teacher (Secondary), Nova Education Trust

David is currently Executive Head Teacher at our four city secondary schools after leading Djanogly City Academy for two years. Under David’s leadership the academy secured its best ever KS4 results and moved out of special measures.

Prior to his role at Djanogly, David led Meden School in Market Warsop out of special measures, securing an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in 2014. He was previously Deputy Head Teacher at Toot Hill School.

David specialises in school improvement, curriculum development, appraisal and the use of data to drive improvement.

Ashfaq RahmanVice CEO/Executive Head Teacher (Secondary), Nova Education Trust

Ashfaq is currently Executive Head Teacher with responsibility for Toot Hill School, Newark Academy and The Suthers School. Ashfaq became Head of School at Toot Hill School in 2012 and under his leadership the school has secured excellent examination results that have placed it amongst the highest performing secondary schools in the East Midlands. In 2016, 84% of students secured English and Maths (Basic) and the school achieved a Progress 8 figure of 0.3.

Ashfaq is now developing a trust-wide approach to securing high achievement and working closely with all Heads of School. He has recently become an Ofsted lead inspector and a National Leader of Education. He has vast experience in governance and working collaboratively with other local schools and trusts.

Previously, as Deputy Head Teacher at Toot Hill School, Ashfaq led the achievement agenda and the school was ranked in the top 2% of schools nationally. Ashfaq was also a key player in securing the outstanding judgement for the school. He specialises in personalised learning, staff development, tracking and the use of data, raising achievement, school improvement and school standards.

Chris JamesSenior Executive Head Teacher (Secondary), Nova Education Trust

Chris joined the Nova Education Trust in 2015. He is currently Executive Head Teacher at Meden School in Market Warsop and The Garibaldi School in Forest Town, Mansfield. He is also responsible for developing the quality of teaching across the trust. This includes the CPD programme, shared curriculum provision and training institutions.

As Executive Head Teacher at Alfreton Grange from 2015, Chris made a significant impact in transforming the school. Progress 8 in 2015 was -0.87 and this rose to +0.05 in 2016. Previously Chris was Head Teacher of The Garibaldi School which he led from ‘Satisfactory’ to Ofsted ‘Good’ within nine months and improved results dramatically from 46% of students achieving 5+ A*–C (including English and Maths) in 2011 to 70% in 2014. This put The Garibaldi School in the top 5% of all schools in the country in terms of progress. Chris specialises in rebuilding schools that are in special measures and developing confidence and creativity in schools that are classed as ‘coasting.’

Helen DuffyExecutive Head Teacher (Primary), Nova Education Trust

Helen became part of the Nova Education Trust's executive team in 2015. She is responsible for Birklands Primary School in Market Warsop, Victoria Primary School in The Meadows area of Nottingham, and Robert Miles Infant School in Bingham. In 2016 Birklands Primary secured its best ever KS1 and KS2 outcomes securing 65% in R/W/M at Key Stage 2 with a progress score for Maths in the top 10% of schools nationally. Previously Helen led Sherwood Primary School in Market Warsop and took the school from ‘Satisfactory’ in 2011 to a secure ‘Good’ in 2014. Whilst there she was also responsible for leading on assessment and teaching and learning. Helen has recently undertaken training in Pupil Premium reviews.

Vicky HaylesExecutive Head Teacher (Primary), Nova Education Trust

Vicky became part of the Nova Education Trust executive team in 2017. She is responsible for Westdale Junior School in Mapperley and Firbeck Academy in Wollaton. In 2016 Westdale Junior School was again awarded a ‘Good’ Ofsted grading—its third since 2007 and Firbeck Academy was removed from the Special Measures category that it was placed in in 2015.

Vicky has been responsible for leading on assessment and teaching and learning. She has also led on SEN, achieving the National SENCO Award in 2012.