Senior Leadership Team

Senior leadership team

Meet our dedicated and talented  senior leadership team who are working to transform learning across the Federation.

Duncan Mills

Executive Headteacher

My name is Duncan Mills and I am the Executive Headteacher of the Cornerstone Federation. The Governors of The Bay CE and Niton Primary Schools appointed me as the Executive Headteacher of both schools in July 2016.

I have been a Headteacher since 1999, in five different schools, working in the London Borough of Barnet for most of my teaching career before relocating to the Island with my family. I feel extremely privileged to be working with both schools that have such talented staff, wonderful children and supportive parents and governors. I am committed to working to ensure that pupils across the Federation have access to a nurturing environment where they feel safe, a stimulating curriculum, high quality teaching and exciting extra-curricular opportunities available to them to enable them to be the best they can be to prepare them for the future.

‘What is an Executive Headteacher?’

An Executive Headteacher is a strategic role. I provide strategic leadership across both schools, which secures success and continuous improvement, ensuring high quality education for all pupils and the highest standards of learning and achievement.

I work closely with the Senior Team and Governors to make decisions, monitor the effectiveness of the provision and implement improvements. I spend part of each week at each school, although these days change week by week. I am always keen and happy to speak with parents. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the school office at Niton or The Bay.

Sharon Johnson

I started working at The  Bay CE  Primary School in September 2011 as Deputy Headteacher.  Prior to working at The Bay CE Primary School I worked for 11 years at Solent Middle School.  My roles (not all at the same time) at Solent Middle School included: Year 5 Leader, Maths Leader, Assessment Leader and SENCo. I feel privileged and proud to be working with a fantastic staff team who are as passionate as myself about helping the children at The Bay reach their full potential.  My main two roles are the ‘day to day’ running of the school and leading on Teaching and Learning.  I am very proud of all that we do at The Bay to make a difference to the children in our care.  When I am not at The Bay I enjoy spending time with my family; my husband, my two children and our naughty dog!  When we have time we enjoy camping, walking, cycling and photography.

Sue Ford

I am the Children’s Coordinator which includes being the SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator), the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and safeguarding. I have been at The Bay CE Primary since 2011 and am very proud of what our school offers for children and families. Supporting children and schools to provide the best for children with special needs has been at the heart of what I have been involved my entire career. I have worked in special education, taught pupils needing help in primary schools and for a long time worked in the Local Authority when I can say I have worked in nearly every school on the island supporting children, parents and staff. I love my job and I believe it is all about making a difference.

Rose Spence

I started working at The Bay CE Primary School in September 2012 and currently teach in Year Six as well as taking the lead for English throughout the school. Prior to working at The Bay I spent 30 years teaching in Middle Schools and then Primary Schools after reorganisation. I am a firm believer in the education of the whole individual and in equipping children and staff alike with the desire to self -evaluate and continually improve. It is also rewarding to help in the process of developing strategies which lead towards independent and pupil -driven learning.  When I am not involved in school work, I enjoy spending time with my family; my husband, two grown up children and our pets. We enjoy walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of this lovely island in which we are fortunate enough to live.

Alison Langridge

Prior to working at Niton Primary School in September 2013, I was a head teacher on the mainland. Once our two boys left home (one to the British Army and one to sail in the Caribbean!) my husband  and I decided to relocate to the Island – him to open a Dive Centre and me to run a gardening business. However, I missed teaching and it wasn’t long before I was fortunate enough to join the fantastic team at Niton.

I enjoy spending time with my two grandchildren, reading and the odd spot of (light) gardening.

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Kate Martin

I started my teaching career in 1997 on the Isle of Wight before moving to Cornwall for 4 years as a year 6 class teacher. I returned to the Island in 2007 to take up a position at Mayfield Middle School as Head of Computing. After moving to the village of Niton in 2012, I was excited to take up the position of Y6 class teacher/KS2 lead at Niton Primary School.

I enjoy living and working in the village as it has a real sense of community spirit of which I am pleased to be a part.

Wanda Wall

Many years ago, I did a Drama, Writing and Creative Arts degree and accidentally fell into a voluntary role in a local school. This led to be the beginning of my exciting and rewarding career.
I have been fortunate to have been a teacher for nearly twenty years! During this time I have taught a whole range of children in a wide variety of different settings.  I began my teaching career in London, teaching Year 5 and 6 and moved on through  Surrey to the Isle of Wight, teaching a different year group every time. Some of the most important lessons about teaching were learnt whilst being a Reception teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I gained to share my knowledge with colleagues
I love learning new things and being inspired by the ideas and enthusiasm that children and their families bring.

Karla Potts

Hello, my name is Karla Potts, I’m from Willenhall, which is in the West Midlands. I moved to the Isle of Wight just over two years ago, with my husband Simon and my daughter Reannon.

I have been teaching for nineteen years, I have a BA Honours in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status and a P.G.C.E. with a specialism in Primary Mathematics. I am employed at The Bay Church of England Primary School as Assistant Head and Maths Lead. I currently teach in Year Five, but during my time as a teacher I have taught in all Year groups from Reception to Year Six.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and my two dogs. I love to read, and visit my friends.

Nicola Taylor

I have been teaching in the community of Sandown for the past 16 years, since moving from the mainland after qualifying at Bath University. My first teaching post was as a Nursery teacher in a maintained nursery and subsequently I have taught in Reception and Year 1. I consider myself to be an enthusiastic and reflective practitioner and have a real passion for teaching the youngest children in school and supporting families as they embark upon their child’s learning journey through primary school.

My current role is that of Reception class teacher and EYFS/KS1 Lead. I have held this position at The Bay CEP School for the past 6 years. Recently, I have been appointed as a ‘Growing Leading Foundation Stage Practitioner’, one of six newly appointed on the Island. This new role will provide me with the opportunity to professionally develop. There will also be opportunities for me to share my own skills and expertise and offer a consistent and professional level of peer support to any schools or settings who may require support to achieve a good or outstanding judgement when inspected.

After school I am very busy running The Community Kids Club.   This provides me with the opportunity to work with the older children in school and support important initiatives and forge links within our local community.

Outside school I love spending time with my husband, family and grand-children, walking our lively terrier and caring for our four chickens.


Sally Jones

I started working at The Bay in 2012 as School Business Manager after taking time off with my 2 children. Prior to that, I worked for a Building Society for 20 years in a variety of managerial roles up and down the country, before returning to the Island with my family.

I am responsible for the financial management of both The Bay and Niton as well as HR, catering, premises and the office support at The Bay. I think I am extremely lucky to be able to combine my professional experience with my interest in making a difference to children’s education at 2 fabulous schools. When I am not in school, I am with my family which is made up of my husband, 2 children, the dog and myself.