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Graham Payne, Executive Principal, Catch22 Multi Academies Trust

MA Education, BSc (Hons) Economics, PGCE Maths


National Professional Qualification for Headship

Graham began his teaching career in 1993 as a teacher of Maths. He has worked in several schools in Hampshire and Surrey, including as Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher (14 to 19 year-olds / gifted and talented coordinator / data analysis) and Deputy Headteacher (behaviour and attendance).

Emma Adams, Interim Headteacher and SENCO

National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning in Education, BA (hons) Music and PGCE Secondary Music.


Emma is currently working towards the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Emma began her teaching career in 2003 as a teacher of Music and has worked in several schools across the country as Nurture Group teacher and SENCO, and has been on the Senior Leadership Team in 2 different academy trusts, taking responsibility for SEND, Pupil Premium and Safeguarding.  Prior to joining Catch22, Emma was a SEND Officer for Bedford Borough Council assessing and monitoring children with Special Educational Needs. A key part of this role was working alongside mainstream, special and alternative provision schools to support and review the needs children with  Educational Health Care Plans.

Penny White, The Spires Academy Interim Headteacher

Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), MA in Education, BA (Hons) in Humanities and European Studies, Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties.


Penny is a qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Penny has previously worked in primary and secondary schools as a class teacher and curriculum leader, a SENCo and Inclusion Manager, and as a Behaviour Support Teacher for the Local Authority.