Senior Leadership Team
Principal Designate - Rev. Brown
Gilroy has worked in education for over 40 years, including 10 years as Headteacher of an inner city, multicultural school and 11 years as a School Advisor for Birmingham Local Authority’s Leadership and Management Team. He has successfully delivered bespoke Leadership and Management training for school leaders in various school networks and also provided support and training for aspiring school leaders and newly appointed Headteachers – including the Local Induction Programme for new Heads, via the National College for Leadership.
Gilroy has led on various educational research projects which led to the publication of case studies and recommendations for best practice and initiated projects to reduce school exclusions. He was appointed to work as part of a national team of consultants commissioned by the DFE to lead on the Aiming High programmes.
Over the years he has coordinated informal coaching/support networks for aspirant BME school leaders which led to many of the participants becoming successful Headteachers. In addition, he is a member of the CoED Foundation’s Trustees and Advisory Board, and also acts as one of their associates, specialising in leadership and management. He has written articles and programmes including the NPQH programme on successful leadership in a culturally diverse school setting. He has developed a SMSC audit tool for the Church of England, Re-Defining the Moral purpose: The Diagnostic Framework. He currently works as an independent Education Consultant specialising in Leadership Development & Coaching, Pastoral Systems / Positive behaviour management, developing a culturally inclusive curriculum, School Improvement strategies, Art & Design, and SMSC.
Vice Principal/Head of Teaching and Learning, Mr M Yates
Mr Yates is an experienced teacher and senior leader. He has raised standards in Mathematics and other subjects across a range of schools both as a leader and as a creative classroom practitioner. He is passionate about raising aspirations for every student and equipping them to maximise their outcomes in all that they do. He believes that schools should be challenging and engaging environments; students should understand the progress they are making and should be given every opportunity to progress even further.
As a senior leader Mr Yates has a wide range of experiences in pastoral care, curriculum development and raising standards. He has worked closely with Partners in Excellence to embed new strategies in challenging environments and has been called upon to speak in front of school leaders. His impact upon schools is measurable by the improvements in pupil outcomes for all groups of students and the initiatives that are now positively impacting upon progress in lessons on a daily basis.
Head of Secondary/Vice Principal – Mr D Dunkley
Mr. Dunkley is an experienced teacher and senior leader. He is a passionate teacher of mathematics and has worked in leadership roles in a variety of schools in the West Midlands. He has been a Mathematics Consultant for the Birmingham Advisory and Support Service and has actively been involved with developing Heads of Department and classroom practitioners. He has been a professional tutor for Initial Teacher Training institutes, developing in school, new entrants to the teaching profession.
Through collaboration with several organisations, Mr. Dunkley has presented nationally to school leaders for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust on the use of data to raise attainment and progress. He has had the opportunity to support a number of schools and academies across the country that are in challenging circumstances. He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management in education.
Mr. Dunkley has a passion for ensuring that all students make progress beyond age related expectations.
Head of Primary/Vice Principal – Mr M Blunt BEd, Dip RSA
Mr Blunt has served within the primary education sector for over thirty years, teaching in the London Borough of Havering, Birmingham and Walsall Authorities. He was seconded to Walsall Education, facilitating collaborations between Primary schools, then to the National College of School Leadership as a Local Leader of Education, then in 2010 as a Primary Director for the Leadership Strategy of the Black Country Challenge; he also led on the Good to Outstanding Schools Programme.
Committed to lifelong learning, Mr Blunt was granted life time membership of the National Millennium Awards Fellowship in 2000 for strengthening and enriching his school’s local community. In 2003 he was awarded the Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution to the Walsall Lifelong Alliance. He has also served as a Primary Schools Specialist for Scripture Union, Constable, Bereavement Service Operative and currently regularly preaches within Methodism as a qualified Methodist Local Preacher.
Assistant Principal - Character Development - Mrs T Lecointe
Mrs Lecointe is a qualified teacher and experienced senior leader who has enjoyed a diverse and challenging teaching career in Comprehensive, Grammar and Alternative School settings over the last twenty two years. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Combined Science, a secondary PGCE and Masters Degree in Education. During her teaching career, she has sought opportunities to widen her skills and experiences, leading to additional employment with Ofsted and several exam boards. She values professional learning and is currently completing an NPQH qualification.
Mrs Lecointe’s experience in Alternative Education make her the ideal choice for leading on Safeguarding and Character Development at King Solomon International Business School. She is committed to enriching the lives of the youngsters and parents with whom she works through making external links with the wider local and national community
Assistant Principal - Pastoral – Mr G Christie
Mr Christie is an experienced teacher of over 25 years who is passionate about helping young people to improve their life chances. He has a B.Ed Hons degree in Physical Education and a Master’s in Continuing Education. He has worked in a number of challenging inner city schools as a Head of PE, Head of year and a member of the Senior Leadership Team where he played a pivotal role in developing the pastoral systems within the school which resulted in that particular school achieving an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ on three separate occasions.
Mr Christie’s passion for working with young people extends beyond the school gates as he is a trustee of Continental Star FC, a local charity that aims to provide sporting opportunities for young people from the inner city.
More recently, having a desire to provide opportunities for young people to improve their life chances has resulted in Mr Christie becoming a foster carer.
Head of SENCO – Mrs J Bhalsod
Mrs Bhalsod completed her degree in Television and Radio but decided to pursue a career in education as she wanted to do something exciting and purposeful. After completing a PGCE she went into teaching.
She thoroughly enjoys working with children and seeing them succeed. After teaching for a couple of years in an alternative provision and other schools she also supported children on a one to one basis and small groups to help them achieve their potential. She has several roles within King Solomon which include special educational needs and safeguarding.
She said “There are many things that I love about working at the school. My main things would be the people and the vision. There is so much the school want to do to ensure that the children have the best possible start in life and I feel that the school have an amazing ethos, faith and determination. The people are amazing and more like a family. Being here from the start makes it even better”.
Chief Finance Officer – Mrs A Simmonds ACA
Ann is our Chief Finance Officer. She has considerable experience in the education sector, where she has worked with and advised a diverse range of educational organisations, including Academies, independent schools, Catholic Education offices and Free Schools as well as a wide range of local, regional and national charities.
Ann gained her experience in Academies in her prior employment as Associate Director at Whitley Stimpson a Chartered Accountant Firm which specialises in the Education Sector. Ann was instrumental, with the Education Partner, in setting up the Academy sector of Whitley Simpson and in that time gained a strong understanding of the world of Academies and Free School offering practical advice to Academy’s Governors, Principals and School Business Manager. This experience Ann bought to King Solomon School in June 2016.
Business and External Relations Manager – Mr S Brooks
Business and External Relations Manager of King Solomon International Business School. His role is to develop the business ethos of the school and working relationships with businesses, community organisations, individuals and Civic society. As a qualified Adult Education teacher he frequently speaks in churches, schools, universities and professional forums. He has worked within the education and social enterprise sector for over twenty five years and has initiated several accredited personal development and mentoring programs.
He is a board member of several national and regional organisations (including political, faith and business) and is committed to working to effect positive change in people and organisations. He is a director of the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission, providing work based Chaplaincy and has been appointed as an External Advisor to Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). His overwhelming passion is to help pupils of King Solomon School maximise their Potential.