Matt Watling

Director of Education - Secondary

Matt joined the Trust in 2011 and was appointed Director of Education – Secondary in April 2018.

Matt is responsible for driving the Trust’s school improvement strategy across its secondary schools, working closely with the Principals and leadership teams.

Matt was Principal at Humberston Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, and led the school to achieve the highest GCSE results in the local authority in 2017, which placed the academy in the 8th percentile on student progress nationally.

Matt has worked in education for thirteen years, most of which time has been spent at a senior level.  His senior leadership experience has involved working with colleagues in various settings, predominantly in schools that have experienced challenging circumstances, ranging from an underperforming secondary modern school in Lincolnshire and a coastal school with high deprivation and a notice to improve.

This range of experience has allowed Matt to build up a strong understanding of leadership and school improvement.  Matt’s areas of specialism include the use of data, assessment and the curriculum in school improvement strategies.