Chief Operating Officer
Dedicated to sparking a love for learning in every child, Mary McKeeman, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Bright Tribe Trust and the Adventure Learning Academy Trust, is responsible for the operational and strategic running of the Trust’s 14 schools – the majority of which are in challenging circumstances and located in areas of high deprivation. Each of the schools has its own distinctive character, reflecting the local community and the Trust’s staff are connected by the belief that, even in the most challenging circumstances, every child has the potential to succeed. As COO Mary ensures that the right people are doing the right things in the right order to ensure success.
Mary is a qualified teacher with considerable experience working in a range of roles in primary, secondary and SEN schools. She believes passionately that all children should have the best possible life chances through quality education. Underpinning the commitment to providing this is a requirement for high standards of behaviour and regular school attendance, both of which impact strongly on educational outcomes and overall school performance. “We work holistically to ensure all of our students have regular attendance at school to maximise their learning and improve their life chances,” she says. “There are proven links between attendance and achievement, so every school day counts.”
Since joining the Trust as Director of School Improvement in 2015, and her promotion to COO in February 2017, the number of pupils achieving A*- C grades in GCSE English and maths across all schools has increased by 8%. More notably, Mary has contributed to the transformational improvements at Gulval School in Cornwall which moved from a position of ‘Inadequate’ prior to Trust conversion to a June 2017 Ofsted judgement of Good with Outstanding behaviour, personal development and welfare.
Since converting to academy status under the Bright Tribe Trust and with the leadership of Principal Michael Wilson, Alde Valley Academy in Ipswich has also seen rapid improvements in A Level results with the number of A* – C grades achieved by students rising from 44% in 2016 to 57% in 2017.
Since converting to academy status as part of the Bright Tribe Trust, Colchester Academy, in Essex has also radically improved, with this year’s results showing considerably better academic measures from the previous year as well as significantly narrowed gaps between key inclusion groups. A number of students performed particularly well, celebrating A* results as well as grade 8s or above in the new maths and English GCSEs.