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Local Leaders of Education


We are delighted to have two of our Alliance Headteachers as the first of our new LLE cohort.  Already they have been out and about, busily supporting senior colleagues and reviewing support schools as part of our ongoing mission to support and lead partner schools in our diocese and region.


If you are interested in becoming an LLE or know of a colleague you think would be perfect for the role, please get in touch to find out about our next recruitment round.


More information on how to become an LLE can be found by clicking the link below:

Eligibility criteria for LLEs can be found below:

Our LLEs


John Hutchinson




I am currently the Head Teacher at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Cross Gates, East Leeds. I have been an HT for 24 years and I have worked in several Local Authorities across South and West Yorkshire. I have been variously described as an inspirational and dynamic leader who can affect change quickly and sustain quality school improvement. I have chaired many local and diocesan groups including LARCH and LDAPH and I am currently chair of the Headteachers' Forum for the Leeds LA schools' group. I have been an S48 (Diocesan Inspector) in the past and I am currently a Local Leader of Education (LLE) for the St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance. My school has a growing reputation for excellence in sport and the arts and we participate in as many sporting events as we can at local, city-wide and county levels. I am deeply committed to Catholic/Christian education and love my job!


What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession?


I love being with the children and young people of our fabulous school; it fills me with great pride and passion to see them blossom into the awesome human beings that I believe they can become; whether this is on the sports field, on the stage or in the classroom… or all three! This is the greatest job in the world!!

Pete McQuillen Strong




I am currently Headteacher at Holy Family, a ‘Good’ school in the deprived area of Armley Leeds. I have worked in a number of Catholic Schools in a range of areas in the city. I am in my 12th year of headship, having been a DHT for 7 years. I trained locally at Trinity and All Saints college doing primary education with PE. At Holy Family, we have taken the school from satisfactory to Good for section 5 and outstanding in a section 48 inspection. my role as an LLE has allowed me to support schools as part of day work, sustained work during a year, and as an executive HT role. 
What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession:


I truly believe the role of HT is the best job in the world, I love working with children and fellow teachers to develop the best in our new generations. I am passionate about the role that Physical activity and sport can play in a young person's life. It is my belief that if you have high aspirations people will live unto them and with practice anything is achievable.