University of Winchester Academy Trust

Welcome from the Executive Leader

Thank you for your interest in the University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT).

The Trust began in 2014 when the University was designated as the named sponsor for two new schools to be opened in Hampshire. These two schools Barton Farm & Stoneham Park, opened in September 2020 and were joined by a well established and successful three school partnership - Halterworth, Wellow & Awbridge Primary Schools based in Romsey and on the edge of the New Forest in December 2020.

Jo Cottrell, our Executive Leader, was the Executive Headteacher for the three Romsey schools and brings to our Trust a wealth of knowledge and experience in primary education. She has been a headteacher of two primary schools for over 20 years in Dorset and Hampshire.

Jo also spent three years working for the Department for Education developing school partnerships across the country, working with school leaders to improve the quality of professional learning and outcomes for pupils.

Alongside her role as Executive Headteacher, Jo has been designated as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and along with her team has supported many schools in challenging circumstances. She is passionate about  supporting her school leader colleagues to develop the skills  and confidence to improve their schools and ensure that every child has a wonderful education.

She is thrilled to be the Executive Leader for UWinAT and is relishing the opportunity to establish the Trust as a leading academy partnership in Hampshire and the south of England.

If you would like to get in contact with Jo her email is