Senior Leadership Team

Alton McDonald


Managing Director & Proprietor

I am dedicated to the transformation of young people through providing a world-class education. Committed to providing opportunities and inspiration that will empower/enable all young people regardless of their starting point, to experience remarkable success.

With over twenty years experience in education, more recently as Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher in schools across three different Local Authorities, I remain determined to do the best for each and every student.

Nina Cromwell

BA(Hons) PGCE, NPQH, FCCT, Level 7 BACP Access Arrangements Assessor


I am a highly experienced Educational Senior Leader. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools as a Head and Senior leader.

I have a wealth of SEND experience in schools and as a SEND Adviser in many local authorities over the years. I am excited and enthusiastic to be working in RISE as Head to make sure that we all work together in making a difference for both the staff, students and parent/ carers.

Rena Johnson

Deputy Head & SENCo


I am thrilled to join RISE Education’s newly formed SLT. With over 22 years of experience in education, I am an avid proponent of adopting a strengths-based approach to improve the outcomes of young people with SEND.

As a SEND Advisor to two national organisations, I am interested in Teaching and learning. I am dedicated to equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to best support our young people in preparation for life in and beyond RISE.

I look forward to working collaboratively with families and staff as we embark on this new and exciting journey.