Stephen Chamberlain, Chief Executive
MA, BA(Hons), PGCE(Mus), NPQH, MIoD, FCMI, FRSA. Chief Executive
Stephen has extensive experience in the academy sector and prior to joining CMAT was the Director of Education for the East of England in a large multi academy trust. In this role he was responsible for the
work of fifteen primary, secondary and special academies. He was also on the Executive Board of a highly successful Teaching School Alliance. Stephen also has a broad experience of headship in a variety of successful schools and was previously the Executive Principal of the Clacton Coastal Academy as well as undertaking other Executive Principal roles in a number of academies across the East of England. Clacton Coastal Academy was one of the top fifteen most improved academies nationally in 2010 and in the top three in the Eastern Region.
Ofsted commented in 2011:
Its (the academy) key strength is its executive principal; his determined leadership and vision for the academy has raised the expectations of staff and the aspirations of students. His excellent leadership has accelerated a number of improvements and generated good capacity to make further gains.’
As a result of working with Stephen and his team, two primary academies originally in special measures before joining his previous trust have been now been removed from a category with one moving to ‘good’ in just five terms. One large secondary academy has now been graded ‘outstanding’ and is now a teaching school.
Stephen currently works with a number of other teaching schools on the Improving Teacher and OLEVI Accredited Outstanding Teacher Programmes as a facilitator as well as directing other leadership programmes. Stephen regularly speaks at a number of national and international conferences on a range of issues both in this country and abroad including China, San Diego and Finland.
Prior to joining AET, Stephen was a Headteacher of a large comprehensive school in West Essex which is now ‘outstanding’ and Chair of an Education Improvement Partnership of 45 primary and secondary schools. As Chair, he was responsible for leading the development of a Children’s Centre Network in West Essex, the establishment of sixth form provision in 11-16 schools and the opening of the Jiangsu Centre to promote Chinese language and culture across Essex. During this time he was also a tutor on the NCSL Associate Headteacher Programme, NPQH programmes and currently delivers a number of sessions on PGCE, School Direct and other teaching programmes for the North Essex Teacher Training scheme and a number of university based and teaching school courses.
Stephen is an experienced Ofsted Inspector and trained Lead Inspector and has extensive experience of the inspection framework and the processes of school improvement. He has worked as an Accredited Consultant for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for over ten years working in the areas of re-designation, schools in challenging circumstances and the arts nationally. Stephen is also an experienced Advisor working for a local authority on leadership, information and communications technology and music technology, working with a wide range of schools.
Stephen was also the Chancellor of Suffolk Children’s University and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Outside of the world of education, Stephen originally trained as a cellist as well as a choral and orchestral conductor and has conducted a wide range of orchestras and musical productions in the UK and abroad. He has also led music and composition projects and workshops with the Royal College of Music, the BBC, the Royal Opera House and a number of other arts organisations.