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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    Clare Holloway (Crofton Infants' School)

    I am delighted to have been recently appointed as headteacher of Crofton Infants’ School and I feel proud to be part of such a lovely school community. Since qualifying from York St John University I have worked in a number of schools and local authorities in a range of roles from the classroom to senior leadership. I have taught throughout the primary phase but specialised in infant education having worked as a leading teacher for early years before becoming a deputy head teacher.
    I have a strong child centred approach to learning, and understand that achievement and enjoyment go hand in hand to ensure each child’s success. It is my goal to ensure that every child at Crofton Infants School reaches their full potential and leaves the school happy, confident and ready for the rest of their educational journey.
    I am excited to be working collaboratively with the Waterton Academy Trust and look forward to making a positive difference to the children at Crofton Infants’.

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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 continue to work as a local authority moderator and support the local authority by delivering at training events. I am also currently working with the Aspire teaching school to develop future leaders.
    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.

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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.

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    Claire-Marie Habbishaw (Cherry Tree Academy)

    I am very proud to be Head Teacher at Cherry Tree Academy.
    After qualifying from Bishop Grossetete University College, Lincoln, in 2003 with a 2:1 in History and Education Studies with QTS, I spent eleven years at Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School (Pontefract) where I taught from Y2 to Y6. During this time I also worked as a Specialist Skills Tutor for WRPITT (Wakefield Regional Partnership for Initial Teacher Training). I was appointed Deputy Head in 2010 finally moving on to my first headship at Drax Community Primary School in September 2014. This was a great opportunity to experience a different setting and a different authority as head of a small, village primary where I was successful in leading the school from Requires Improvement to Good within a year. I am excited about working collaboratively within the Waterton Academy Trust and making a positive difference to the children at Cherry Tree Academy and the wider Waterton community.

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    Jane Coyle (Wrenthorpe Academy)

    I have been in the teaching profession for 28 years. During this time, I have seen many changes and developments within education. The one aspect for me that has remained unchanged is the reason why any young person would enter the profession, which is a desire to make a positive difference to the lives of children. I made the decision to become a Headteacher in 2009, after teaching for 20 years, to have the opportunity to make that positive difference to a larger number of children by running my own school.
    We were keen to join a Multi-Academy Trust of like-minded Primary Schools to ensure that staff get the opportunity to share their expertise by supporting other colleagues and to receive challenge and support from the other schools within the Trust. We became part of Waterton Academy Trust in April 2017 and are proud to be part of a very supportive family of Primary Schools.

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    Sam Thompson (Ackworth Mill Dam Junior and Infants' School)

    Sam Thompson is the newly appointed head teacher and will be in post from 26th February 2018.