Pickwick Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)

The aim of local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.  This is one part of the government's plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school system. Head teachers from Good and Outstanding schools are able to apply. 

If you would like some support from an LLE please contact us to discuss your requirements: ABeard@corsham-pri.wilts.sch.uk / 01249 712387

Our Pickwick Learning LLEs:

Ray Picton - Headteacher Greentrees Primary School Salisbury 


I have been a teacher for 32 years. I am currently the Head teacher at Greentrees Primary School. Before this I was the deputy at Greentrees from September 2002.

I have had a lot of experience of supporting schools. In 2007 Greentrees became a National Support School which meant I provided a range of support to schools in Wiltshire. This support included two long term Acting Headships. I have also supported schools through joint lesson observations, School Improvement planning, developing the Early Years Curriculum and implementing effective behaviour management strategies.

I am a firm believer in the power of school led systems leadership and I am currently involved in setting up a Teaching School hub in the South of Wiltshire with Pickwick Learning Alliance. I also run a Schools Direct programme with the University of Winchester.

I have also been an Early Years consultant seconded for two years by Wiltshire Local Authority.

I have a strong belief that developing links with schools internationally is crucial to school improvement in this country. My school has strong links with schools in Zambia, France and China. We have also had successful partnerships with schools in Norway and the USA.

I also believe that teaching children how to learn is as important as the content of the curriculum and use the work of Guy Claxton and the 4Rs of Learning and Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset model to improve the learning environment for all pupils in my school.


Karen Walker – Headteacher St. Andrew’s VA Primary School Salisbury


I am a headteacher of a one form entry primary school in the centre of Salisbury. I have been a headteacher for 19 years and previously deputy head at the school having come from large primary schools in Wiltshire and Nottingham.

I am committed to a collaborative and distributed style of leadership where the contributions of all are valued. I believe this enables people to flourish, improving team and individual capabilities.

For the last 17 years I have been a Headteacher Mentor for Wiltshire heads and served on the Wiltshire Executive Committee for the last 10 years taking the role of chair in 2011. During my time as a mentor I have mentored approximately 20 headteachers in their first year of headship. I am also an advanced mentor supporting experienced heads who have asked for mentor support to help them through a particularly difficult time or issue.

I trained as Consultant Leader (2003) for the Primary Strategy and worked with 2 schools in this capacity. I also trained as a Professional Partner in 2010 with the NCSL.

Currently, I am working with several schools as a Wiltshire Improvement Adviser (WIA) and School Improvement Adviser (SIA) to support their leadership capacity and contribute to the development of their school. The role of the SIA is to quality assure the schools self- evaluation and to give high quality school improvement and challenge.

I am delighted to have been appointed as a Local Leader of Education for the Pickwick Alliance and look forward to working alongside other school leaders within the partnership.

Andrew Lynham - Headteacher Baileys Court Primary School Bristol


I have been a headteacher for over 12 years and am currently at Bailey’s Court, which is a large primary school of approximately 450 pupils, in South Gloucestershire.

This is my second headship, my first school being a one form entry school in Yate. I have had over 20 years’ experience in education and have worked in a number of different local authorities and schools of all shapes and sizes.

I have a successful track record of supporting school improvement both within my own school and also working with headteachers in a wide range of schools within South Gloucestershire. Successes have included development of school leadership, teaching and learning of core subjects, assessment and reporting, pupil premium, social interaction of pupils and forest schools.

Of particular interest to me is the way that schools can work together to provide challenge and support to help foster school improvement. To this end I have been involved with the Pickwick Teaching School Alliance since its formation in 2014 and also the Meta4 partnership, a group of 5 primary schools who work closely together to aid school development of leadership, teaching and learning, governance and school business administration.


Robert Lane - Headteacher Four acres academy Bristol

I have been working in teaching for 25 years. Prior to that I worked for 10 years in retail management. I am currently the Executive Head and CEO of Four Acres Primary Academy and Children’s Centre in south Bristol. We have approximately 430 pupils aged 2 years to 11 years across the site. 

Four Acres is my second headship; my first being a three class rural primary in the Chew Valley. Through my career I have worked in a wide range of schools of varying sizes and locations in several Local Authorities.  

I have a positive record in supporting school improvement and developing staff capacity. I have personal experience of taking a school from Special Measures to sustained success and developing resilience and ambition in an educational setting. I have mentored several senior leaders and I am passionate about systems leadership which led me to work with the Pickwick Teaching School Alliance.

As an Ofsted inspector I have the privilege of working in wide range of schools. Through rigorous, high quality training, I have been able to enhance my analytical skills and triangulate information to evaluate impact.  

I am very pleased to be appointed as a Local Leader of Education with Pickwick and look forward to working with member schools in the future.


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