Stephen Steinhaus

Solihull Academy Principal Designate

Born and raised in Chicago, Stephen first came to The United Kingdom as a Fulbright Scholar, studying for his M.Phil. at The University of Birmingham in the mid-1990s. After teaching English and Drama in Hawaii and San Francisco he returned to the UK permanently in 2000 and has worked in a wide variety of schools and colleges across the Midlands.

Most recently, Stephen was Vice Principal at Whitley Academy, an outstanding school and member of the RSA family of Academies. A former Arts College Director and Lead Practitioner for Community, Stephen has been responsible for Inclusion and SEN, Progress and Pupil Premium Impact throughout his previous leadership roles.

Stephen is also Vice Chairperson of and Safeguarding Lead for The Management Board of the Coventry Extended Learning Centre, a founding member and former trustee of The Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma, Committee Member and Presenter of the Upton Blues Festival and a Fellow of The RSA. He writes regularly for the SSAT (The Schools, Students and Teachers network) and was, as Performance Director of the “Other People’s Children” project for The Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT), a featured speaker and delegate at the first ever World Child and Youth Care Conference in Canada.


Mark Wilson

Lode Heath School Head Teacher

Mark has a long history as part of the Senior Team at Lode Heath School. Joining the school as Assistant Head, Director of Sport and a Year Leader back in 2002, in 2006 he was made Deputy Head with the key responsibility of Curriculum; a role he spent seven years in before being chosen as the Academy’s Head Teacher in 2013.

During Mark’s time as a Senior Leader, the Academy gained Specialist School status and both ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ Ofsted ratings; reflecting a considerable increase in both its ‘5 A*-C in GCSE (including English and Maths)’ scores and Value Added ratings that have been significantly above national averages for the last four consecutive years.

Throughout his roles at Lode Heath, Mark has been responsible for intervention and curriculum design. Experience in these key areas will enable him to play a valuable role in delivering positive student progress at Solihull Academy, as well as steering curriculum design strategy to support greater outcomes


Martin Murphy

Arden Multi-Academy Trust Executive Principal

Martin has a long track record, stretching back more than twenty years, steering the development of schools as they progress into successful academies. Joining Arden as Principal in 2011, he is now Executive Principal of the Arden Multi-Academy Trust, making him the senior leader of the Arden and Park Hall academies, as well as a Nursery facility at Arden.

Rated ‘outstanding’ by OfSted, Arden is an exceptionally high performing school, with up to 94% of its students achieving ‘5 A*-C in GCSE (including English and Maths)’ during his tenure as Principal. Arden’s Sixth is equally successful and extremely popular, with students gaining an impressive average of 841.9 points in 2014. These results are matched with Added Value ratings consistently exceeding 1030.<

Martin also sits on the Board of Solihull Young People’s Trust; is a member of the Executive Committee and Patron of Solihull Chamber of Commerce; and sits on the LEP Skills Committee. Budget management is noted as one of Martin’s particular strengths by Ofsted – an important skill he brings to the Solihull Academy project.

Michelle Sadler

Head of Admissions and School Place Planning, Solihull Council

Solihull Council For the last couple of years Michelle has been Head of Admissions and School Place Planning at Solihull Council, having previously served as School Place Planning Manager from 2000 to 2014. For the last eleven years she has also served as a Trustee and Governor at CTC Kingshurst Academy.

Michelle has extensive experience in planning new school provisions, and in particular making provision for those students missing out on education for a variety of reasons. As Vice Chair of Governors at CTC Kingshurst Academy she has developed experience in leading and managing a successful Academy and has extensive experience as the Safeguarding and SEN Governor for the Academy; key skills she brings to her role on the Board of Solihull Academy.

Tracey Lord

Alderbrook School Head Teacher

Tracey joined Alderbrook as Deputy Head in 2011, taking over as Head in January 2015. Prior to her role at the school she was Assistant Head at Ninestiles School from 2011 until the end of 2014.

Her positive contribution as Head Teacher at Alderbrook School is evidenced by students achieving ‘5 A*-C in GCSE (including English and Maths)’ being as high as 80%.

Tracey’s experience in a variety of educational settings and her proven contribution in raising standards for students; particularly through evaluation of curriculum and analysis of academic and behavioural data to guide strategic teaching development and intervention; places her in an ideal position to help drive positive outcomes for students within the Solihull Academy project.