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Claire Pender

Trust Improvement Director


BA (Hons) English/Arts (Bretton Hall- Leeds University) 
PGCE Sheffield University
NPQH from the National College
MSC Leadership and Management in Education (currently undertaking)  


Trust Improvement Director Mercia Learning Trust since 2020
Deputy headteacher King Ecgbert School 2018
Over 28 years’ experience in teaching, school and trust leadership.
Worked at High Storrs School for 25 years, various roles including Head of Performing Arts, Director of Specialism, Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning/Staff development, Acting Deputy Head.
QA coordinator for Sheffield SCITT. 
Trustee of Sheffield Theatres for 7 years finishing in 2016


Substantial experience leading Teaching and Learning in schools. Commitment to Arts Education and Drama. Strengths in developing collaboration within and across schools, both internally and externally.