Mr Sutton was appointed as Head Teacher at Maltby Comprehensive School in September 2007. In this leadership role he quickly established himself as an advocate for the children and young people in Maltby and established a school culture of 'high expectations and achievement'. As a result of this work the school saw a significant increase in attainment and progress with the 5A*-C (including English and Mathematics) headline moving from 29% in 2007 to 71% in 2013.
Mr Sutton successfully led and managed the planning and consultation of the first Academy in Rotherham in January 2010 and then more recently was instrumental in establishing the Maltby Learning Trust. Under his leadership Maltby Academy secured a 'Good' judgement for overall effectiveness and 'Outstanding' for leadership and management in its OFSTED inspection. In the subsequent subject inspection for Mathematics Maltby Academy secured an 'outstanding' judgement in all categories.
Following the improvement journey at Maltby Academy, Mr Sutton was awarded National Leader of Education status. In this role he is charged with the responsibility of supporting schools facing challenging circumstances and providing leadership capacity in schools to address identified underperformance.
Mr Sutton was appointed CEO of Maltby Learning Trust in January 2014 and worked with Governors and Directors in the Trust and across the schools to establish a Multi-Academy Trust in Maltby that reflects the local context and serves the needs of children in and beyond the learning community. The Maltby Learning Trust is now becoming widely recognised for its innovative cross phase work and the high standards achieved across the Trust.