Our Team

River Academy is being established by the Maiden Erlegh Trust and is a natural extension of the Trust’s commitment to providing opportunity, diversity and success for all and prioritising the education, well-being and personal development of every student.

A well-known provider of high-quality education for local communities, the Trust opened Maiden Erlegh School in Reading in September 2015, which has been oversubscribed ever since and was graded ‘Good’ in all categories by Ofsted in June 2018.


Andy Johnson FCCT (SLE) - Executive Headteacher (Secondary) and Trust CPD Lead

BA(Hons), MSc (Managing School Improvement), PgCert, QTS, NPQH, SLE, FCCT

Andy is Executive Headteacher with responsibility for Maiden Erlegh School in Reading and is Principal Designate for River Academy. He also leads the CPD and staff training strategy for Maiden Erlegh Trust.

Following an earlier career in youth and charity work, Andy joined the profession as a trainee RE teacher at Maiden Erlegh School and has been with the organisation for sixteen years. He held a variety of middle and senior leadership positions before joining the team to lead the Trust’s first free school in east Reading in 2015. He was appointed Headteacher in 2018 and has led the work to sustainably grow the school to 900 students and to provide high quality education within a vibrant and successful community. In 2020 Andy was appointed to the Principal Designate role for River Academy and asked to lead the Trust’s exciting new school project to serve communities in north and west Reading.

Andy has extensive experience in leading and developing highly performing teams and has provided school to school support as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) to a number of schools through the Berkshire Teaching School Alliance. He has also presented at national conferences and DfE roadshows.

Establishing a new school is a team effort and the project team responsible for establishing River Academy draws on a wide range of skills and expertise that exists within Maiden Erlegh Trust. Overseeing this project is a Steering Group made up of three Trustees plus the CEO, CFOO and the Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding at Maiden Erlegh Trust.