Effective stakeholder engagement

We can support you to create and deliver effective communication and consultations strategies that engage all stakeholders in your plans and projects:


  • Becoming an Academy or Multi-Academy-Trust or creating a trust merger – refer to Developing Partnerships client examples

  • Free Schools / UTCs / Studio Schools / new provision

  • Strategic re-organisation - partnerships and collaboration

  • School building relocations and redevelopments consultations

  • Parental engagement strategies

  • Marketing and PR for your School/Academy – we can connect you to specialist providers

See client examples and testimonials below.

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WELLSWAY Multi Academy Trust

Growing multi academy trust in Bath & NE Somerset. Free school bid advisor supporting the trust to develop their proposals for a new primary school in Keynsham and to win their first new free school opportunity. Bid wave 12 – free school bid won and development of Bishop Hancock Primary School now underway.

Read testimonials about our work here:

“We have worked with Shelley on a number of projects and thoroughly recommend her. Shelley's advice on our recent primary free school bid was invaluable. She is extremely knowledgeable and provided excellent support at all stages of the process, from bid writing to interview preparation. Shelley is great to work with; she responds very quickly, always strikes the right balance between challenge and support and adds considerable value.”

Engaging stakeholders on primary school development and relocation - Supporting a rural primary school Governing Body in strategic planning and stakeholder engagement around school new build and relocation

Marine Academy Primary - Free school project

Project Management for a proposed Free School in Plymouth. Led on the Stakeholder Engagement to establish the local demand and managed the project to deliver the initial free school application - which was successfully awarded.

Marine Academy Plymouth - Stakeholder management engagement for a new Academy.

Undertook the stakeholder communications role for the Academy during feasibility - developing and running a successful consultation programme incorporating consultation material, events and PR (www.marineacademy.org.uk). Also acting as lead consultant responsible for the work of the Education, IT and HR consultant streams.

Read testimonials about our work here:

"Shelley worked with us during the past year in the University, helping design and gain stakeholder views about our new Marine Academy school. It was a pleasure working with her - committed, hard working and socially skilled. She was able to work under considerable pressure and always delivered on time and to specification. We would all be only too pleased to work with her again."

David Reynolds, Professor of Education, University of Plymouth and Chair of the Marine Academy Plymouth Steering Committee

"Shelley has a serious approach to Stakeholder Engagement; she sees it as a 'value creating activity'. Through her professional identification and engagement of our own Stakeholders Shelley was able to inform our risk management strategies, and opportunities for learning and innovation. Her level of engagement helped us identify emerging issues and future opportunities. Shelley is professional 24/7, she has an outstanding commitment to customer service. Constantly adhering to deadlines, Shelley was always contactable, communicative and ready to assist."

Ruth Sparkes, Corporate Affairs Manager, Cornwall College

Easton Royal Primary School & St John's Marlborough - Rural All-through-School Partnership

Instigated and led an innovative collaborative partnership between a primary and secondary school creating a soft federation based 'all-through-school' to improve student achievement levels and secure sustainable community education. Successfully took the Governing Body (GB) on a journey to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school from the perspective of long-term sustainability. Securing unanimous buy-in from the governors, worked with the Local Authority (LA) to secure interim Headship whilst exploring alternative leadership models for the school. Early engagement with the staff, LA, local community, parents, councillors and Governors of the partnering school was vital to securing agreement to a partnership approach. The two schools have now formally converted to academies within the new Excalibur Academies Trust and are successful academy sponsors.

Read testimonials about our work here:

"Shelley has demonstrated commitment, drive and determination to provide the best education for the children at Easton Royal. This 'outstanding school' has an outstanding Chair of Governors. Shelley's contribution to school improvement, vision, critical friendship and support for the Headteacher has been exemplary. She has secured the commitment of parents, pupils, staff and Governors in facing up to challenging and difficult decisions about the school's future in a dynamic and creative manner.

Shelley is not only a Chair of Governors, she is a genuine community leader. She has led the school to a strong position and then had the vision to see into the future and take the community with her through outstanding communication and determination.

Shelley leads, but she also listens and is prepared to be flexible in her work with a range of partners including the local authority. The federation that has resulted from her tireless enterprise has required a huge number of barriers and obstacles to be overcome. She approaches these challenges with enthusiasm and manages to keep reminding everyone the benefits to the children and the community. She is not frightened of taking risks and always believes there is a solution out there if you look hard enough."

Chris Harries, Senior LEA Advisor, Wiltshire Council

"Nearly four years ago I was briefed at County Hall of the problems that existed in small, village, Primary Schools across Wiltshire. I spoke to the Chairmen of Governors and they all were well aware of the problems and made plans to overcome these problems. The most outstanding work in my Division in this field, without doubt, has been the way Shelley has set about the task not only of preserving her school but helping to improve it and giving it a viable future. She has identified a good secondary school in St John's in Marlborough and has developed a first class link with them. At the same time she is seeking to increase the catchment area of her school to include two other villages, Wootton Rivers and Milton Lilbourne; she has given superb presentations to the two Parish Councils of those villages and handled a wide range of questions, some of which were hostile, with great confidence and charm. Her project goes forward and her school and the people and children of Easton Royal are much in her debt."

Robert Hall, Brigadier RWS Hall MPhil(Cantab), Chairman, Wiltshire Council

Easton Royal Primary School - rural catchment change

Designed and supported Easton Royal School to extend its catchment area from being just a single village to incorporating two other local villages to improve school sustainability and community cohesion to drive added opportunities for 'beyond the school gate learning and development'. Successful negotiation of changes with the local village communities and the local authority.

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"Thank you for all you did to make yesterday's parent meeting such a success. I really appreciate your support and positive 'can-do' approach. It is a very exciting time to be part of Easton Royal School's history and I am looking forward to the year(s) ahead working with you and the staff, parents and governors to 'think big' and realise the potential you have created. Your drive and vision always inspire and encourage me - thank you!"

Nicola Coupe, Headteacher, Easton Royal Primary