Curriculum Leadership Team

At the Evolve Trust we have a pool of subject specialists that work across the Trust, bringing leadership and expertise to faculties, not only at The Brunts Academy, but all of our Academies.

Our Trust Leads are ambitious and passionate practitioners that have a range of responsibilities within their subject areas, which include:

  • Working closely with the Director for School Improvement to provide strategic direction and leadership own
  • Curriculum area through developing and implementing policies which will result in high achievement, effective teaching and learning;
  • Creating a climate which enables other staff to develop and maintain positive attitudes and confidence in delivering the curriculum;
  • Leading on the development of appropriate specifications, schemes of work and giving guidance on teaching and learning strategies in own area to ensure continuity and progression for all individuals and groups;
  • Leading on and working with team to formulate coherent plans (TIP’s) which identify clear targets, tasks, timescales and success criteria for curriculum development in line with the Trust’s aims and improvement plan;
  • Ensuring appropriate curriculum targets are set and regularly monitor pupil progress, interrogate data to inform to inform the curriculum and take action as necessary;
  • Ensuring effective assessment for learning processes and practices across own area;
  • Leading effective development of pupils’ literacy, numeracy, specific subject study skills, information technology skills, work related learning; enterprise and citizenship through the curriculum areas;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning, share judgments with teachers and Trust Director in the area and take appropriate action to improve further the quality of teaching so that it impacts upon learning;
  • Ensuring the Director of School Improvement are appraised of the progress of the area in relation to achievement targets and TIP success criteria;
  • Helping colleagues to create an appropriate climate and environment for learning including displays, so that effective learning can take place;


Meet the Trust Leads





Daniel Straw

Trust Lead for Modern Foreign Languages

Mr Straw studied French and Spanish at the University of Leeds, and then completed his PGCE at the same university. He started teaching in 2008, and has held secondary school middle and senior leadership posts working in another academy trust. He leads an experienced MFL department who create opportunities for pupils to grow in fluency and confidence in their languages lessons, and to develop a keen interest in Spanish and French culture.



Collins Epie-Nanje

Trust Lead for Science

Mr Epie is a former DFID scholar of Huddersfield University where he obtained an MA in Education (Human Resource Development) with a distinction in 2007 and completed his PGCE at Loughborough University.

Mr Epie Nanje has a strong knowledge of cutting edge educational research and practice and Prior to joining the Brunts Academy in 2018, he was the Lead Practitioner for STEM subjects at Heanor Gate Science College.

Mr Epie is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of science across the Trust. He has successfully developed and implemented the new high-quality KS3 curriculum, maximising participation and progress of students.  





Alex Emery
Trust Lead for Innovation & Digital

Mrs Emery Studied Interior Design and Architecture at The University of Huddersfield before moving onto gain a BA (hons) In Secondary Education and Design Technology at Sheffield Hallam University. She started teaching in 2012 at The Brunts Academy, the school where she was a student and studied at until going to university 2005. Mrs Emery joined the Trust as a Teacher of Technology, before going onto being Achievement Leader and in 2021, Trust Lead for Technology and Digital.
Mrs Emery oversees the planning and delivery of the Technology and Digital curriculum across the Trust, ensuring students are equipped with knowledge and skills to succeed in the ever-developing technological world. Her passion is ensuring all students receive equal opportunities to experience advanced technology such as robotics and virtual reality modelling, and to broaden the minds of all of our students into the exciting world of Digital Technology.



Craig Foster

Trust Lead for The Arts
Mr Foster gained a degree in Theatre Studies at The University of Derby and completed his PGCE at The University of Nottingham. Mr Foster has acted in and directed many plays whilst working in the industry and brings this knowledge to our children at The Evolve Trust.


Mr Foster has a passion for Theatre and performance and believes that all students should experience the benefits that these subjects bring and the value that they add to life. Mr Foster believes that all students should have access to a quality arts provision and this is one of his main aims as Trust Lead for the Arts.



Yasmin Ensor

Trust Lead for The Arts
Yasmin studied Fine Art Photography at the University of Derby, gaining a first class honours degree. She has exhibited her artwork in various shows including in an international photography festival and has had her research published in academic journals. She completed her PGCE in 2016 through Nottingham Trent University and recently returned to complete her Masters degree in Education. She joined the Brunts Academy in 2018 as an Art and Photography teacher and is now joint Trust Lead for the Creative Arts.





Kate Loach

Trust Lead for The Physical Education
Mrs Loach studied Physical Education at the University of Bedfordshire and completed her training in 2009. She then went onto complete 2 years in a local secondary school, successfully completing her NQT and gaining a wide variety of experiences. She then joined the British Army as a serving soldier where she spent 9 years as a Communications Operator within the Royal Corps of Signals, gaining many accolades for her outstanding contribution as a female serving soldier. She re-joined the education sector in January 2020 and started work at the Brunts Academy in January 2021 as a Teacher of PE, then securing the Trust Lead for PE role.


Mrs Loach oversees all PE across all four schools within the Trust and making sure pupils are getting the very best in their lessons, outside within the Enrich & Equip program and finally school sports fixtures.




Kate West

Leader for Humanities
Mrs West studied Environmental Science at Nene University College Northampton, before completing her PGDE at The University of Sheffield, followed by her MA (APSE).  Having worked in Industry for several years, she began her educational career in a Pastoral Role, before moving to her passion of Teaching and Learning, and curriculum development.  Having worked in 2 previous Secondary Schools, Mrs West joined Brunt’s Academy in April 2021.   





Thomas McDermott

Trust Director for English
Mr McDermott provides strategic leadership and implementation for English across the Evolve Trust and leads on curriculum development, ensuring the teaching of English meets the needs of the young people the Trust serves.
Completing both a Masters in Education and NPQMH, he fundamentally believes that good quality teaching is at the heart of education and improvement is a continuous process and development underpins all that we do within the Trust.
Mr McDermott has been teaching since 2011 across a range of schools and is passionate about fostering a love of reading and English for lifelong learning.




Emma Emery

Trust Director for Mathematics

Mrs Emery joined The Brunts Academy 18 years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher after spending 5 years working in industry alongside securing a first-class honours degree at DeMontfort University. Following completion of her PGCE at Nottingham University, Emma has also gone on to complete a Masters Degree in Mathematics Teaching. After working in several leadership positions within the school, she is now the Trust Director of Maths. She is responsible for coordinating the maths provision for the schools within the trust, leading a team of mathematics teachers, and supporting staff development.

Emma is passionate about leadership, and developing teaching and learning within maths education. Following becoming a NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead and a Secondary Maths Mastery Specialist in 2019, she has recently been appointed to Assistant Maths Hub Lead – East Midlands. This gives Emma the opportunity to work with schools in the wider community too, to develop a high-quality mathematics education for all.