Peter Cantley


Peter is Director of Education for The Diocese of Peterborough, which has 103 Church of England schools. He is the principal adviser to the Diocesan Board of Education and leads the DBE Education Department. He holds a number of board member positions across the Diocese (with Peterborough Diocese Education Trust, Peterborough Diocese Church Schools, Nene Education Trust, Pathfinder Schools, Guilsborough Multi-Academy Trust, Innovate Multi-Academy Trust, Evolve Church Academy Trust, Learning for Life Education Trust, The Rutland Learning Trust, William Law CE Primary School, Hartwell Primary School & St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy). He also represents the Diocese of Peterborough on the Rutland County Council Education Performance Board Member and the Peterborough City Council Children & Education Scrutiny Committee.

Peter has 22 years’ teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools, and has extensive senior leadership experience in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ secondary schools. He has contributed to major regional and national education programmes – Excellence In Cities, Greater Manchester City Challenge and National Challenge. He has significant project leadership experience of complex, change management projects, from new school launches to school restructuring and school mergers. He is an ASCL NPQEL professional mentor. He has also undertaken national educational consultancy work with BBC Schools Television, QCA, CARE, Damaris Trust and the Culham College Institute.

Peter was educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester Grammar School, Warwick University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He qualified as a teacher with a BA Hons QTS in 1989 and as a Church of England school inspector in 1999, before being awarded the NPQH in 2003 and completing postgraduate research for his MSc in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013.