Waterton Academy Trust

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Future Leaders Programme


Planning for the sustainable growth of Waterton Academy Trust is a key focus for the Directors and SLT of the Trust. By identifying and developing our next generation of school leaders we can ensure that our Academies have every opportunity to continue to improve. We have therefore introduced our Future Leaders Programme, working in partnership with Aspire Teaching School Alliance to develop our first cohort of future leaders to improve their effectiveness for today and their potential for the future.

Our Future Leaders Cohort 2016-17

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    Sally Mayman (Wrenthorpe Primary)

    I am 36 years old and have been teaching for 15 years. Throughout my time at Wrenthorpe Primary School I have been given many opportunities to further my career. I have thoroughly enjoyed being an NQT Mentor and I love the new role of Performance Manager. I have been the PE Leader for many years and I have worked hard to ensure the PE provision is of a very high standard throughout the whole school. We have recently been awarded the Silver School Games Award of which I am very proud of. I feel passionate about teamwork and work hard to ensure the whole school takes part in many whole school team events together. I love leading by example and would never ask anyone to undertake a job unless I was prepared to do it myself.
    The majority of my experience has been within KS1 and KS2 and I am now undertaking a whole new challenge leading a team in Reception. Over the last 2 years we have transformed the provision and the learning environment and I strongly believe that every child is now given an outstanding start to their education.
    I am constantly striving to develop as a teacher and love any new challenges that I am faced with. I feel excited and honoured to have been put forward to the Aspire Leadership Course and I’m looking forward to learning about the expectations and further roles of a Senior Leader. It will be a great advantage working alongside other colleagues within the MAT to share and support one another on our journey to become outstanding future leaders.

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    Dave Fernley (Walton Primary Academy)

    I have been a teacher since 2010 completing my PGCE after I finished my masters in American Literature. During this period, I have spent time in a number of schools across Sheffield and Wakefield. Over the last six years I have developed a keen interest in the different methods of tracking and monitoring the assessment of attainment and progress of children.
    I came to Walton in September 2013 and felt immediately at home in an environment where the children were encouraged to enjoy every possible opportunity to learn. Over the last few years I have had a number of responsibilities in school alongside my role as class teacher. I have been the maths and computing curriculum leader, assessment leader, upper key stage 2 phase leader and Assistant Head. My number one goal in each role has always been to ensure that our children are given the opportunity to achieve, succeed and be happy every day they come to school.

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    Julie Purdy (Walton Primary)

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    Becky Wray (Normanton Common Primary)

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    Luke Oldroyd (Normanton Common Primary)

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    Vicki Murray (Sharlston Community Academy)

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    Michael Berry (Normanton Junior Academy)

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    Laurabeth Kilkenny (Lee Brigg Infant School)

    I have been a teacher since 2007, completing a PGCE at York St John, after finishing my Law degree at Northumbria University. Since qualifying as a teacher, I have spent the last 10 years teaching across Key Stage One and Early Years Foundation Stage. I have worked at Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School for the past 3 years after previously working in a small village school in Grassington, North Yorkshire. I relish the challenges that working in a small school brings and love the ‘family’ feeling that develops from knowing all pupils’ first names.
    I have actively developed my roles within schools throughout my career, being a teaching Deputy Head teacher and SENDCO and have recently become a Specialist Leader of Education in SEND and KS1 for the Aspire Teaching School Alliance. I am constantly striving to develop as a leader and I am currently undertaking the SENDCO accreditation award at Leeds Beckett University to further my own knowledge and understanding of SEND. I am really looking forward to being part of the Aspire Senior Leaders further development course and look forward to working with other like-minded leaders

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