Waterton Academy Trust

Where success is a shared experience

Head Teachers' Group

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    Tony Harpham (Walton Primary Academy)

    I have over 15 years’ experience of primary education as a teacher, coordinator, phase leader, Assistant Headteacher, Head of School and Headteacher in Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Kuwait. In all settings, the progress and outcomes for all learners has improved dramatically. I look forward to working closely with the staff and governors to ensure that this continues to be the case at Walton.

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    Linsey Cavell (Normanton Common Primary Academy)

    Linsey is extremely proud to be the headteacher of Normanton Common Primary Academy and to join the Waterton Academy Trust. She qualified in 1997 from Bretton Hall University College, Leeds and since then has worked in a number of schools and local authorities in a range of roles from the classroom to senior leadership. She has worked as a Learning and Teaching Consultant for primary and early years assessment and is currently a school governor. Linsey is resolute in her belief that each and every child can expect and should have an outstanding education that enables them to shine as individuals and reach their full potential. She is looking forward to the opportunities which collaborative working will bring in the pursuit of excellence for all pupils in the Waterton family.

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    Trudie Southward (Normanton Junior Academy)

    Since qualifying as a teacher in 1997, I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of primary school settings, in five different Local Authorities around the country. Working in a school setting means that every day is different, and my role as Head Teacher at NJA is never boring! Although I have only been in post at NJA since January 2015, I feel very privileged to be doing something that I love for a living and I look forward to seeing what the future at NJA has to offer.
    Over the years, my experience has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real-life activities, and this is something that drives everything that I am trying to achieve at NJA.
    I also believe that strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life, learning the life-skills required for a successful future. So I am delighted to be working together with not only the NJA community, but also everyone else involved in Waterton Academy Trust, to ensure that we all make a positive contribution to the lives of pupils in Normanton, Crofton and the surrounding areas.

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    Helen Padwick (Crofton Infants' School)

    I have been the headteacher at Crofton Infants’ School for nearly 12 years and am approaching 30 years in education. I love the community feel of our school, the family atmosphere and the ethos of encouraging every child to be the best that they can be. This is what we strive for as a school and we are excited to extend to working in this way within the Trust, sharing expertise and exciting opportunities. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing young people grow and develop their wings…!

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    Sarah Gordon (Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School)

    Since qualifying as a teacher from University College Bretton Hall, I have spent the last 16 years teaching across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, but primarily in the Early Years Foundation Stage. My background in early childhood development underpins my firm belief that children first and foremost need to feel happy, secure and settled within their school environment in order to learn effectively and fulfil their potential.
    I have actively developed my roles within schools throughout my career, leading Early Years, before becoming a deputy headteacher. As part of my senior leadership positions I have been responsible for teaching and learning, curriculum development, assessment and safeguarding amongst other things. I have been a local authority moderator for the past seven years and supported the local authority by delivering at training events.
    I am very excited and proud, not only to be the Headteacher of Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School, but also to be part of the Waterton Academy Trust. I look forward to working with colleagues, governors, parents and carers but most of all the children!

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    Julie Dunderdale (Sharlson Community School)

    I am delighted to have been recently appointed as head teacher of Sharlston Community School, where I have been deputy head for the past seven years. Having been in education for over twenty years, I am passionate about motivating every child to love learning and supporting them to develop the skills and qualities they need to fulfil their potential and enjoy success. Joining the Waterton Academy Trust is an exciting step and I am looking forward to collaborating with colleagues within our community of schools, working together to build exciting learning experiences and positive outcomes for all the children within our Trust.

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    Samantha Travis (South Kirkby Academy)

    I became a teacher because I feel passionate that no matter what starting point all children deserve the chance to achieve great things through high aspirations and the best quality of education.  Having taught in both the primary and secondary phase in and around the Yorkshire area and in inner city London, I have been inspired by strong educational values which is why at South Kirkby Academy we are relentless in our drive to unlock the potential within every single child and support them in their journey towards success.