Our Structure


(l-r: Melanie Adams, Andrea Bell, Kirsty Tonks and David Green)

The Shireland Teaching School Alliance is led by four Directors, each overseeing their own sector and responsibilities.

Please find below further information on each Director:-

  • Mrs Melanie Adams, Partnership Management and Alliance Programme Director

Melanie Adams is the Human Resources Director for the Collegiate Academy Trust and a Director of the Shireland Teaching School Alliance with particular responsiblity for partnership management which includes being the School Direct Alliance programme Director for the partnership with the University of Warwick. As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Melanie has over 18 years’ experience of providing professional HR support and advice to schools having previously held the post of Strategic Human Resources Manager for Education and Children’s Services for Sandwell MBC.

  • Miss Andrea Bell, Pastoral Care

Andrea Bell is a Teaching School Director and Assistant Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy. Her main responsibility within Teaching School is the Pastoral Care of the School Direct trainees and is Lead Mentor. She also has responsibility for the students and achievement at key Stage 4 and has seen 5A*-C grades in English and Mathematics rise from 38% in 2011 to 58% this academic year. This is the highest ever in the history of the Academy. Andrea has been a teacher for 14 years and was previously Head of Physical Education at Shireland Collegiate Academy.


  • Ms Kirsty Tonks, E-Learning and Pedagogy

Kirsty Tonks is a Teaching School Director and Assistant Principal of E-Learning and transition at Shireland Collegiate Academy. Her main responsibilities within our Teaching School are E-Learning and developing Teaching and Learning Pedagogies. She draws on over 15 years of teaching and leadership experience in both the primary and secondary sector. Kirsty is passionate about how education can use technology to raise standards across a school and drive whole school improvement; not just in the classroom.

From supporting other schools in a consultancy role, as well as implementing strategies within a school, and then ensuring they are embedded, monitored and evaluated, she has helped to effect significant improvements which have had a whole school impact.

  • Mr David Green, Subject Leadership

Dave is a Teaching School Director and Assistant Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy. His main responsibilities within our Teaching School lie with looking at the levels of progress in Mathematics across the Alliance and beyond and also developing Middle leaders across the Alliance.

In his previous role as Head of Mathematics (2010-2013), GCSE A*-C gardes increased from 40% to 46% and 3+ levels of progress from 57% to 82%, with 4+ levels of progress also significantly above national averages; many of the strategies used to support this sustained progress relied on the use of technology. Dave is a keen advocate of technology in the classroom, recently appearing in the Times Educations Supplement in relation to his work on developing feedback methods through the use of YouTube and class sites.

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