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The Laurus Trust
Tony Little
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Tony Little is presently Group Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education, responsible for ensuring the quality of education across the global chain.


He was previously Head Master of Eton College, 2002- 2015, and prior to that headmaster of Oakham School, Chigwell School,  and housemaster of Brentwood School. Tony was educated at Eton College in Berkshire on a music bursary, and at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge where he was a choral scholar and gained an upper second class honours degree in English language and literature.


He received a Master of Arts in English as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) at Homerton College, Cambridge. 13

Linda Macgrath

inda Magrath was the Head of Cheadle Hulme High School(CHHS), 2004-2016. She previously had had 22 years teaching experience, the majority in 11-18 Schools, 11 years as a member of a Leadership team across 6 different Schools in 6 Local Authorities in a variety of contexts. Her experience includes 7 years as firstly Deputy Head of Sixth Form and then Head of Sixth Form at St Mary’s High School, Leigh. As a mother of 4, Linda also has a strong personal grasp of the challenges facing students and their families in the current educational climate.

During her 12 years as a Senior Manager, Linda has had extensive experience of the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Curriculum and Timetabling

  • Assessment, target setting and Tracking of Student Progress

  • Quality Assurance

  • Care, Guidance and Support

  • Marketing

  • Estates Management

  • SEND

  • Education Finance

Under Linda's leadership, CHHS has been judged to be Outstanding in all categories in the last 2 OFSTED Inspections (2011 & 2015). CHHS is in the top 2% of all schools in the country for Value-Added based on the 2015 examination results.

As a National Leader of Education (NLE), Linda has had extensive experience of working with underperforming schools, and has been an Ofsted inspector since 2013.

As well as CEO of the Trust Linda is also currently Executive Head of the Trust’s 3 Secondary Schools, Cheadle Hulme High School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme and Laurus Ryecroft.

In addition to her duties with the Laurus Trust, Linda also is responsible for delivery of the LFET objectives and for sourcing additional funding opportunities.

Linda Macgrath
Toy Little
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