Board of Trustees

City learning trust carl ward

Carl Ward

Chief Executive Officer

History and expertise

Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust, a 3 to 19 partnership of schools currently covering approximately 6000 students.  He is also the Executive Principal of Mill Hill Primary Academy, Haywood Sixth Form Academy and Haywood Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.  In 2015 Haywood Academy won two DfE national awards for pupil premium and character education – the only school in the country to win two national awards from the DfE in the same year.  It is a high performing non-selective secondary school, which is an approved DfE sponsor.

He has been a teacher for 23 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities.   He has regional, national and international experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects and conferences for the DfE, the National College, ASCL and SSAT.  From 2009 to 2011 he was part of the Prime ministers Talent & Enterprise Taskforce, leading on developing the outward facing schools model.

Carl is ASCL Vice-President for 2016-17 and ASCL President elect for 2017-18.  In this role he helps lead the work of the ASCL national council working on a range of committees including funding, leadership and governance, and was part of the taskforce that created the schools led self-improving system blueprint.  He is also an executive board member of FASNA, and Chair of the Schools Cooperative Society.

He is a member of the Education Funding Agency Advisory Board and the DfE Schools and Academy’s Funding Group (SAFG) and recently chaired the new College of Teaching Trustees selection committee. He is a member of the DfE’s PHSE implementation group and has advised the Number 10 policy unit on aspects of Education. He is also Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Company Education Advisory Board and its Education Advisor.

In 2009 he was awarded the DfE Sinnott Fellowship for outstanding work to create outward facing schools. In 2010 his school received the Business in the Community National Education Award for Community Excellence.

Role of the Chief Executive

  • Accountability for the academic performance of schools and school improvement
  • Accountability for the financial health and probity of the Trust
  • Responsibility for leadership of staff working for the Trust
  • Management of quality assurance, student outcomes and financial health of the Trust
  • Establishment and maintenance of services to the academies
  • Promoting the work of the Trust
  • Maintaining good working relationships with Local Authorities, Associate schools and other partners