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Cathy Rutherford - Woodfield Infant School

Cathy has worked in Shropshire since qualifying as a teacher in 1995. Her first teaching role was at Broseley CE Primary School where she taught children in Year 5 and 6. After three years in this post, she was asked to undertake an Acting Headship at Morville CE Primary School; at this time she was the youngest Headteacher in the country. She then worked in the Advisory Service for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as a Numeracy Consultant, advising schools in the teaching of mathematics and running courses for teachers across both local authorities. In 2005, Cathy moved to Lower Heath CE Primary School as Headteacher, where she stayed until April 2016 when she took up the post of Headteacher at Woodfield Infant School in Shrewsbury.


One of Cathy’s passions is mathematics; from an early age she loved learning mathematics and was fortunate to be taught by a series of teachers who sparked and deepened her interest in the subject. She continues to pass on this passion by designing and delivering the mathematics element of the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance’s (NSTSA) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, School Direct.


Cathy has a particular interest in developing educational policy and the school led system; she has been an active member of the NSTSA since its inception, has led Darwin Teaching School, based in Shrewsbury, and has recently been actively involved in bringing the work of NSTSA and Darwin together to form the Shropshire Learning Partnership. As part of her work developing the work of Teaching Schools in Shropshire, she has taken a lead on developing CPD programmes and conferences for Shropshire teachers and has deployed a network of Specialist Leaders of Education to work across schools in Shropshire. She is a member of Shropshire’s SACRE group and sits on the University of Chester’s ITE Primary Management Group.


Having spent her whole life in education & learning, Cathy is always keen to continue her own learning both in and outside of work. Following three years of studying, she gained a Master’s Degree in Educational Research. In 2015, she began learning to play the tenor horn; playing in two local brass bands then led to her learning to conduct. As one of the leaders of Whitchurch Band, she teaches children and adults to play a brass instrument and to play in an ensemble. She is Musical Director of Wem Jubilee Band, leading the band in contests, concerts, parades and other events, both locally and further afield.

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