PLP Structure

PLP Chief Executive Officer

Iain Simper
Iain started his teaching career (B.Ed. Hons. from the University of Hertfordshire) in Peterborough as a class teacher at Thorpe Primary School in 1998, moving to Fulbridge Academy in 2002 and working as part of the senior leadership team. In 2005 he was seconded to the local authority to lead on Able, Gifted and Talented provision as part of the Excellence in Cities programme. Subsequently, he led on Learning Innovation across Peterborough schools. In 2010, Iain took on the role of Peterborough Learning Partnership Manager working closely with a large number of schools in and around Peterborough on school improvement via developing effective and responsive CPD programmes, collaborations and links to other organisations.  During the period 2010 to 2015, Iain also worked as a regional advisor on behalf of Excellence East, supporting schools across East Anglia with their able, gifted and talented provision. Now, as Chief Executive of the partnership, Iain is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing Peterborough Learning Partnership’s vision, mission, and overall direction.

PLP Administrator 

Kelly Tedds
Kelly has had previous experience working within a school setting. Starting as a Business and Administration apprentice at Peterborough Regional College after finishing her A-Levels at Arthur Mellows Village College to working in higher education at the University Centre Peterborough. Kelly contributes to the improvement of schools by managing the administration of all Peterborough Learning Partnership events, service level agreements and communication with schools and partners.


Board of Directors

  • Jacki Mitchell, Head at Woodston Primary

Jacki is the Headteacher of Woodston Primary School and has been Head here for 12 years. Prior to this, she was Acting Head and Deputy Headteacher at Walton Junior School – now Discovery Primary. Jacki says her teaching life has always been based in Peterborough! She also works as an Achievement for All coach and represents the Peterborough branch of the NAHT at Regional meetings.

Always having been interested in creative learning and a themed approach to the curriculum, Jacki believes that children learn best through immersion and engagement and getting ‘out & about’!

  • Tim Smith, Head at The Beeches Primary
  • Christine Moss

Christine began her career as a secondary science teacher at The Gleed Girl’s School in Lincolnshire later moving to part-time posts teaching science and maths whilst bringing up her four children.

At The Robert Manning School in Bourne, she took on responsibility for Primary – Secondary science links which led to her teaching concurrently in both the Primary and Secondary phases before taking on a Senior Leader role at Bourne Abbey Primary School. Moving to a Deputy Headship in Rutland, she was an active member of the Education and Business Partnership and STEM group and later seconded to the Local authority as a Primary Science Advisor. Her first headship was in a Northamptonshire school before taking up headship at Northborough Primary School. Christine has served as a Primary Representative on the School’s Forum, was involved in the pilot for School to School Improvement in Peterborough, is the Chair of Trustees of Stibbington Environmental Centre and a trained facilitator for NPQML and NPQSL courses. She became a director of the PLP in February 2014. Christine is now retired after leaving her position as Fenland Area Advisor for Primary Schools with Cambridgeshire County Council.

  • Stuart Mansell, Head at Nene Valley Primary

Stuart has been the headteacher of a medium sized primary school since September 2006, having qualified as a teacher (B.Ed. Hons.) from Birmingham University in 1993. His initial training specialised in literacy development and early years education. As headteacher and Chair of the local after school childcare provider Stuart has led both establishments through 2 very successful Ofsted inspections. Stuart is a fully trained Local Leader of Education and in 2012 spent 8 months leading 2 schools as executive headteacher. He has also worked as a professional partner to a newly appointed headteacher in the neighbouring local authority. Stuart’s current role involves supporting schools as an Achievement for All coach.

  • Daniel Pilsworth, Head at The John Harrox Primary School, Lincolnshire

I am the Head Teacher of The John Harrox Primary School which is situated in the village of Moulton near Spalding. I have been in this post since January 2013. During my career, I have also been Head Teacher at New Road Primary School in Whittlesey, Deputy Head Teacher at Market Deeping Primary School and I taught for eleven years at Gunthorpe Primary School in Peterborough.

My school works closely with the Spalding cluster of schools, although I have contacts with other schools in the wider area including the Market Deeping and Holbeach clusters. Our Spalding collaboration is developing. We are moving to closer working partnerships to provide more robust challenge and more strategic training and development opportunities.

The journey in my current position has seen the school successfully move from a Requires Improvement grading from Ofsted in November 2013 to a Good judgement during our most recent inspection in November 2015. I believe passionately about providing the best outcomes for children through setting high expectations and providing enriching, stimulating and high-quality learning opportunities. I also believe that the vast majority of teachers have the same belief and deserve the support and guidance in ensuring they are able to deliver this for the children in their care.


Peterborough Children’s University Manager

  • Gill Hall   (01733 864784)

Further to a 33-year career, Gill joins the Peterborough Children’s University team. Having most recently held the post of Assistant Headteacher at Bourne Grammar School in Lincolnshire, Gill brings a wealth of experience and insight – as well as a passion for learning and learners.

Our partners work together to develop and offer schools, learners and the wider community a wide and exciting range of CPD opportunities, events for children and high-profile conferences throughout the year – you can find out more when you explore the ‘forthcoming events’ listings for details.

We are committed to supporting schools in their school improvement journey – wherever they are on it.

We are continually developing our offer for schools, teachers and learners – if you have any thoughts as to how we can develop further please get in touch via our email account.

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