Key Team

Chris Swan

Chair of Lionheart Academies Trust

Chris is a National Leader in Governance and has been governing for 17 years in primary and secondary schools including Beauchamp College and The Cedars Academy. She will be using her skills and experience to develop effective governance within the college. Chris studied English and Sociology at Leicester University and trained as a primary teacher. She has been involved in community development and schools work for many years in a wide variety of roles including as chair of Oadby Community Stakeholders. In 2016 Chris was awarded an MBE for services to education and interfaith work in Oadby. Chris has a keen interest in the arts and is committed to supporting creativity within the STEM curriculum at the college, and developing a strong network with other schools and the wider community.

Kath Kelly

CEO of Lionheart Academies Trust

Kath has over 14 years school and college based senior leadership experience. She is very proud to be Principal of Beauchamp College in Oadby who were recognised among the top 1% of all schools nationally in 2015. Kath’s other experiences include a range of successful school to school support work, in all cases schools in challenging circumstances have been able to make significant progress in improving student provision and experience.

Kath’s passion undoubtedly lies in developing the very highest quality learning and teaching experiences. Kath is driven to reach the very highest standards for all pupils, parents and staff. She highly values professional learning and research and after completing her NPQH has returned in complete an MSc in Educational Leadership at Distinction Level at The University of Leicester.

As CEO of The Lionheart Trust, Kath strives to ensure academic excellence and exceptional holistic development in all schools across The Trust.

Jennifer Piper-Gale 

Deputy CEO Lionheart Academies Trust / STEM lead for Beauchamp City Sixth Form

Jenny is a passionate scientist who has a BA and MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. She has taught all science subjects to GCSE and Biology to A-level achieving excellent results in all areas. She also has advanced skills teacher accreditation showing her dedication to ensuring that all science teaching is cutting edge, creative and of the highest standard. She taught at Aylestone School, Hereford before joining Beauchamp College in 1998. Since then she has had a variety of roles including SENCo, Head of Inclusion, Assistant Principal and Vice Principal. Jenny is extremely well qualified in leadership and management obtaining a distinction in her MSC: Educational Leadership from Leicester University and her National Professional Qualification in Headship.

James Mckenna


James is a qualified Head Teacher with NPQH and also an experienced A Level teacher.  He gained MSc in Educational Leadership from The University of Leicester in 2014.  He has 14 years leadership experience across 4 schools in a range of settings. James has extensive experience leading on teaching and learning, professional development and behaviour and inclusion. James’s particular subject expertise is in Psychology which he has been teaching at Beauchamp College since 2017.  As an accredited Pupil Premium reviewer, James works with leaders at schools across The Trust in both the Primary and Secondary phase to secure improved outcomes for disadvantaged students. James is Principal Designate for Beauchamp City Free School, leading the development project and design of the curriculum.

Chris Shore


Chris helps lead Mathematics across the Lionheart Trust of schools, working with a dedicated team of teachers and heads of department across each school. Specific projects across Lionheart include:

  • Competitions and challenge days.
  • Shared resources for ensuring appropriate challenge in lessons.
  • A shared vision, and resources for mathematical problem solving.

Alongside his Lionheart role, Chris leads the work of the East Midlands South Maths Hub, which is one of 35 Maths Hubs across England. This is a leadership network of Mathematics education professionals which works with teachers from every phase from Early Years to A Level.

Chris enjoys teaching Mathematics, especially at A Level. He particularly appreciates anything geometrical in nature. His current favourite number is 365, but this is nothing to do with the days in a year. If you want to know why, you will have to ask him!

Anna Hunt


Anna holds responsibility for the delivery and content of English provision across Lionheart Trust. She works with leaders and teachers at both a secondary and primary level, as well as teaching at KS4 and KS5 here at Beauchamp. Recent projects have included:

  • The Ruby in the Smoke Play in a Day
  • Classics Club
  • Joint planning days with heads of English across the trust.

Alongside her Lionheart role, Anna is the Leicestershire AQA GCSE advocate and leads teacher CPD for AQA A-Level English Literature B, of which she is an Assistant Principal Examiner. She is also the Lead Assessment Writer (ie writes the questions) and Lead Examiner for the AQA international A-Level English Literature Crime Literature exam. This work in the wider educational community really informs the work that she does at Lionheart schools, both in her role as director and in the classroom itself.

Anna loves teaching English at both GCSE and A-Level. She was literally broken hearted when they took Wuthering Heights off the A-level Curriculum, but teaching Much Ado About Nothing to year 10s and The Great Gatsby at A-Level almost make up for it. Anna believes utterly that teaching English is teaching life itself, and she loves watching students engaging with different times through novels, plays and poems.

Sean Durran


Sean is a Specialist Leader of Education, with particular interest in Science. Currently a Director of Science for the Lionheart Academies Trust, Sean was previously Head of KS5 Science and Chemistry at Beauchamp College with responsibility for raising standards in the teaching of Science. Sean has a breadth of experience having worked with schools requiring improvement as well as outstanding schools.  He has expertise in teaching and learning, curriculum planning and improving leadership of Science across the trust. 

Sean has led training sessions in teaching and learning in schools around the country and is currently responsible for ensuring that secondary Science learning enables learners to embrace the curriculum with confidence and excitement across the trust.   He enjoys working closely with teachers and school leaders to develop innovative approaches to intervention with key groups in order to accelerate progress and improve outcomes for all pupils.

Raj Sangar


Dr Raj Sangar graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and pursued an industrial placement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals gaining a Doctorate. He then worked as a Research Scientist at Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and Arrow Therapeautics, where he was leading in medicinal chemistry and computational modelling. He researched in therapeutic drugs related to CNS, anti-virals and anti-inflammatories. Some of his research has been published in peer reviewed journals.

Science education and STEM has been one of Dr Sangar's passions, especially inspiring and raising aspirations of learners. Subsequently, he changed career direction and trained to be a teacher at Beauchamp College through the Graduate Training Programme. He has been an examiner for both OCR and AQA chemistry at GCSE and A level.

Currently, Dr Sangar is a Director of Science at LionHeart Academies Trust. His vision is to ensure that all the learners  across the LAT will experience a fully comprehensive and enriched curriculum that will unlock potential and excitement for the fascinating world of science.



Tom Fitzjohn is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and has previously undertaken the role of CAS Master Teacher. Currently a Director of Computing & Emerging Technologies for the Lionheart Academies Trust, Tom was previously Head of Computing for over 5 years.

Tom has expertise in teaching and learning, curriculum planning, developing the pedagogy of the Computing curriculum and improving leadership of Computing across the trust.

Tom has led training sessions in teaching and learning in schools across the Midlands and is currently responsible for embedding a secondary Computer Science curriculum, which allows learners to access a broad knowledge-based curriculum, entrenched in computational thinking.

Alongside his Lionheart role, Tom strategically leads the work of the Computing Hub for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, which is one of 30 Computing Hubs across England. This is a school-based network of CPD and support to develop Computer Science education professionals from every phase from Early Years to A Level.