Mission Statement 

We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to high quality educational opportunities and experiences appropriate to their age, ability and aspiration.

To achieve this, we challenge performance and support improvement of educational settings. 

We do this in a way that fosters partnership, cooperation and respect for the diversity of establishments and providers. 

We value honesty, transparency and integrity in our relationships.

We guarantee the quality of our work and are passionate about it.

Values and principles 

At Athena Education Ltd. We believe that:

  • Improvement happens when talented and motivated people commit to change and sustain their commitment over time.
  • Excellence is achieved when best practice becomes habit.
  • “Best practice” is contextual and it is that which works best for the children and young people in that school at that time.
  • Understanding how colleagues think, feel and operate, and being prepared to accommodate differences is the key to improved team performance.

There is no one vision to which we all aspire. To achieve greatness everyone must fulfil their role according to their own highest standards.

We work alongside education leaders and support them through the improvement process, coaching and mentoring, advising, and providing insights into their organisation’s effectiveness and culture. 

We support leaders of schools, academies and multi academy trusts in their efforts to provide the very best opportunities for the children and young people in their care.

Managing Director

Stan Johnson

Stan has been involved in the education of children and young people for over 40 years as a teacher, Headteacher, school adviser, local authority senior manager and Head of School Improvement. He is an experienced trainer in school leadership and management and was the author and main contributor to The Lancashire Framework for Leadership. He continues to support schools and is the Education Adviser to a company specialising in public sector transformation. Stan is an accredited Spotlight Practitioner having worked with the directors of Mindflick for over 20 years.


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Dr Elizabeth Klavins

Elizabeth has worked in Lancashire Primary and Nursery Schools since 1982.  As Headteacher of an integrated Maintained Nursery School and Children’s Centre for 27 years she came to view leadership as a continuous process of learning.  She is passionately committed to the development and sustainability of nursery education that enables young children to reach their full potential and become motivated learners.  Over the last ten years she has worked for Lancashire’s Advisory Service and has encouraged colleagues to reflect individually and co-operatively on the effectiveness of their work with children and families

Headteacher Advisers

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Wendy Tracey

Wendy has taught in primary, infant, junior and special schools.  She has been a successful Headteacher in five primary schools, including associate and Executive Headteacher roles. She is the substantive Headteacher of a large primary school in Hyndburn, Lancashire. She has worked as a qualified School Improvement Partner, and has wide experience as an Associate Adviser in Lancashire, a role she has fulfilled for fifteen years.  She has a proven track record of school improvement, both within her own schools and the schools with which she has worked. Wendy has served on numerous advisory groups at both national and local levels and has worked closely with the Prince's Trust. She is held in high regard by her fellow school leaders and by those responsible for wider educational development.