Chris Tolson, former Acting Head of Ryecroft Primary Academy

I have worked with Claire for a number of years. She is inspiring, thoughtful and creative and puts outcomes for children at the heart of what she does. She thinks outside the box and offers creative solutions to a wide variety of problems; her great gift is being able to empower others to see solutions for themselves. She played an important part in Ryecroft’s journey to outstanding in 2014. She listened to us, challenged our thinking and understood that all the children at our school needed a curriculum special to them.
As leaders we need to be challenged, nourished and guided. Claire does all three of these exceptionally well! She believes that rigour and structure are the key to success yet at the same time understands that we must never stop remembering that we are here for children and that there should be no ceiling placed on them achieving their potential!