A multi-academy company in Coventry has appointed an executive leader whose wealth of experience is set to lead the organisation in its vision to become a beacon of excellence for education.

The Romero Catholic Academy, made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school as well as the Blue Sky Teaching Alliance, has appointed Helen Quinn as Catholic Senior Executive Leader – the equivalent of a CEO.

In the role at the academy, which includes Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools and Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Secondary School, she will be responsible for leading the organisation, devising academy-wide strategies to ensure that all pupils and staff can reach their full potential.

Helen is a National Leader of Education, is involved in school inspections and has led a number of educational partnerships and collaborations, including establishing the Blue Sky Teaching Alliance, which strives to achieve excellence in education.

She began her teaching career at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in 1994 before going on to lead Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School to multiple outstanding Ofsted judgements.

Her most recent role was as Executive Principal at the multi-academy and has also acted as its Accounting Officer since its inception in 2015, and is engaged in a range of regional and national advisory groups.

Helen said: “It is with great enthusiasm that I take on the role of Catholic Senior Executive Leader at the Romero Catholic Academy at such an important time in its development. 

“It is a recently evolving post in education, and I am looking forward to the challenges the role will bring.

“Ensuring that we have a collaborative, inclusive learning culture is crucial, and I have significant ambition to make sure that all staff and pupils across the multi-academy have the ability to be the best they can while working towards our core vision to be ‘a beacon of excellence for Catholic education’.

“I will look to nurture the talent of a vibrant community, while ensuring that strategies are developed to ensure that individually, each school can grow and thrive.”

The Chair of the Board of Directors Dean Kavanagh added: “This new post for the Romero Catholic Academy is critical in our community becoming a beacon of excellence for Catholic education and in ensuring our values of respect, integrity, service and excellence are infused in all that we do.

“The Board anticipates much success under Helen’s strategic leadership given her significant skills and expertise.”


Caption: Foundation Director at the Romero Catholic Academy Yvonne Salter Wright with Helen Quinn.