The Rivers CofE Academy Trust bids a fond farewell to an illustrious CEO
After an illustrious career and dedicated service to education, we announce with both gratitude and a touch of sadness, the retirement of our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kate Brunt.
Kate will leave the Trust to ‘rebalance’ on the 20th of September, marking the end of her remarkable 9 years, as founding CEO of The Rivers CofE Academy Trust and nearly 40 years working in education.
Throughout her years of leadership, Kate has exemplified an unwavering commitment to educational excellence and improving pupil outcomes for all. From her beginnings as a secondary school P.E and Geography teacher to her time managing 9 pupil referral units in Worcestershire, Kate has positively impacted the lives of so many children and families.
With Kate at the helm, together with a passionate and dedicated team of educators and staff, the Rivers CofE Academy Trust has grown to become a collaborative community and forward-thinking trust. Kate’s charismatic personality has enabled her to empower teachers, staff, and pupils alike and has helped to foster an environment where learning thrives.
Kate will leave The Rivers CofE Academy trust in a strong position, with all schools eligible for Ofsted grading being judged as ‘Good or Outstanding.
Kate hopes her legacy will be one of passion, sharing and happiness. “I hope people talk about working within Rivers with a passion and that we’ve created an organisation that continues to share. I hope that Rivers continues to be a trust of choice for people to work within and to send their children to.”
Speaking of her greatest highlight, Kate said “I feel privileged to have worked with the people I work with every day. Working with teams and seeing the work they do with our children is most rewarding”.
When asked what she would miss about the role, Kate said “I’ll miss hearing children and working with my colleagues. I’ve worked in education for the last 40 years so it’s a massive chunk of my life, but what I’ll enjoy is time with my family and time for me”.
As we bid a fond farewell to Kate, we extend our deepest appreciation for her tireless efforts, dedication, and profound impact on The Rivers CofE Academy Trust. We wish Kate all the best in this new chapter of her life.