Director of Primary / Deputy Chief Executive joining the Trust in September

May 16, 2023

Wessex Learning Trust is delighted to welcome Libby Fidock to the Trust, as newly appointed Director of Primary Education and Deputy Chief Executive starting in September 2023.

Libby brings 25 years of extensive experience across the whole primary age-range, having successfully led four Primary Academies over the last 11 years. Under Libby’s direction and leadership, Tree Tops Primary Academy went from Special Measures to Good for Leadership and Management, Langley Park Primary Academy opened and within three years achieved Good with Outstanding in three categories, Marden Primary Academy was successfully aligned to the Trust’s vision and Paddock Wood Primary Academy achieved IB World status.

Libby’s passion for bringing positive change to primary education is also evident through the additional leadership and management roles she has participated in throughout her career, including but not limited to, supporting and leading 12 Ofsted Inspections, being an active member of the Strategic Board for Kent and Medway Training, chairing the Primary Teaching and Learning Drive Team as well as taking the role as peer Principal on three different Development and Academy Boards.She has high expectations in all areas: the curriculum, teaching and learning, staff development, outcomes for children and rigorous safeguarding practices and it is this drive and ambition that made her the ideal person for the role of Director of Primary Education and Deputy Chief Executive.

The role has been established to innovate and develop Primary collaboration within the Trust, whilst supporting and challenging schools to improve outcomes for all learners. Libby will play a crucial role not only in the growth of the Trust, but her creative vision will be pivotal for the future development and success of Trust schools.

‘Having worked in two Multi-Academy Trusts I strongly believe that this way of working offers huge benefits for schools and a child’s education. We have a responsibility to bring all schools on our journey and to not leave others behind. My Executive Leadership qualifications and experience has given me insight into how Trusts are formed and how this can be best utilised to ensure that schools are supported under the umbrella of shared values and vision whilst maintaining their individuality. Certainly in my experience, it’s about being seen as ‘siblings’ rather than ‘clones’ which ensures we get the very best out of our leaders and communities.’

We are incredibly honoured and excited that Libby has accepted this role, and look forward to welcoming her to the Trust officially in September.