Headteacher – Mrs Ruth Foster
Mrs Foster is the Headteacher of Ash Green Primary School. Prior to this appointment in 2014, she was Headteacher at Chesterton Primary School in Staffordshire. Mrs Foster is passionate about children having an education those guides and nurtures individuals to find and develop their own talents, within a curriculum that enables all to achieve their potential. Mrs Foster is LA Governor at Moor First School in Staffordshire, where she is on the ‘Staffing and Standards’ Committee. Mrs Foster is an Associate Consultant with Focus Education. During her teaching career, Mrs Foster has also worked within Stoke on Trent Local Authority, where she was a Lead Teacher and latterly a National Strategies Literacy and English Consultant, working across both Primary and Secondary Schools in the city.
Deputy Headteacher – Miss Jodie Cope
My current role is as Deputy Headteacher at Ash Green Primary School. Since joining Ash Green Primary I have worked across key stages, this has allowed me to gain a whole school overview in terms of the curriculum and assessment whilst learning. My role since September 2016 however has been non-class based, taking on a more strategic role in coaching teachers, which I believe allows professionals to evaluate their own capabilities, resulting in focused CPD.
In July 2017, I was awarded the status of Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to support colleagues from inside and outside of my own context, in both a formal and informal capacity. Being able to impact on a significant number of children, across our county and further afield, is highly rewarding. Teaching and learning has always been my passion, through valuable experience, I have been able to develop my own philosophy, gaining an extensive understanding of school improvement. I have an unshakeable belief that all children have an entitlement to the best opportunities regardless of background.
Before joining Ash Green Primary School in January 2015, I was Assistant Headteacher and later Acting Headteacher at a single form entry School in Staffordshire. During my time here, we relentlessly raised the achievement for all children; this was evident by our children making the most progress in Staffordshire between the ages of seven and eleven. Nationally we were in the top 1% of schools for Value Added.
In 2014, I was seconded to an ‘inadequate’ Primary School, which was in a coaching and mentoring capacity in order to support staff in their drive to improve the quality of teaching and learning in key stages 1 and 2. This was a fantastic opportunity as it allowed me to support, through personalised action plans, in raising the quality of teaching which greatly impacted on children. I thrived on supporting colleagues and working in challenging circumstances.
As Deputy Headteacher at Ash Green Primary School, I am fully committed in us ‘Achieving the best together’.