As well as our Central Team we have a growing team of educational leaders; these include our Headteachers and Heads of Academy, and National & Specialist Leaders of Education.
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Our Educational Leaders
Adrian HardingTeaching, Learning & Assessment
Jill MachinMaths Hub Lead, Core Subjects & Middle Leadership
Matt BawdenCharacter Education and Wellbeing
Laura BettyEnglish & Literacy
Katie StarkieLearning & Teaching (CPD) and Student Leadership
I have been Headteacher of Springfield Junior School, Swadlincote since September 2010, after 3 years as deputy Headteacher and SENCo at a large primary school in Burton.
I feel passionately that every child be viewed as an individual and that it is the role of staff in school to work creatively to overcome any barriers and build up positive relationships with children to become partners in the learning process. We are very proud of our inclusive philosophy and ethos at Springfield and the success we have achieved with this; something we will continue to build on as part of QEGSMAT.
I am proud to have been Headteacher at Waterhouses CE Primary School for 7 years now, having been appointed in April 2010. Previously, I worked as Deputy Head for 7 years and then Acting Headteacher for a year at a school near Burton-on-Trent. I gained the National SENCO Award with distinction in 2012.
During my time here, it has been incredibly rewarding to watch the school develop into a thriving and exciting place to learn. Our success has attracted more and more families to join and we have grown over just a few years from 48 pupils to over 100.
I strongly believe in the development of the whole child and ensuring that every child achieves the best that they possibly can. High quality teaching and learning within a creative, stimulating and inclusive learning environment is what we strive for on a daily basis. I believe in nurturing and developing everybody in the school and as a result we have a fantastic, supportive and forward thinking teaching team and governing body.
As Headteacher of a Church School, I value the strong, positive and nurturing Christian ethos we have here. Our Christian values of Love, Hope, Trust and Respect impact on the caring behaviour and positive attitudes of the children.
Over the last 22 years of Primary teaching and 15 years of School Leadership I have always held strong to my views and passion for wanting the highest possible experiences and achievement for children of all ages. I believe creating a depth of understanding and enabling creativity inspires children to be learners for life. There is no greater job in the world than the one that lights up the eyes of a child or fires their imagination to be whatever they want to be and believe they can and will succeed. I believe hard work, determination, high self-esteem and a warm, supportive environment ensures all meet their potential.
Working across Primary schools from small to large federations, I have always felt passionate that I wanted to change the lives of children.
In 2013 I became the Headteacher of Castle View Primary School in Matlock. The school at that point was a school facing difficulties and was placed in Special Measures as a result. With a supportive team, governing body, community and clear actions I brought about rapid improvements across the school and in March 2015 the school was judged to be good for Leadership and Management and it was noted that ‘The headteacher provides inspirational leadership. She has established a culture of high expectations.’
One of the most significant changes has been on raising aspirations, expectations and focussing on developing the highly effective team that exists today.
I firmly believe that we are only stronger when we work together and this stems from the support children and staff give to one another, the immediate school community and from the links I have made with Teaching School Alliances, accredited training providers and regional bodies. These have ensured there is a highly skilled team across the whole school, who drive school improvement with the support of myself and the governing body.
Castle View is an amazing school that we are all very proud of.
I am now in the 21st year of my career in education which has included teaching and leading teams in Merseyside and Cheshire, eventually arriving at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne Derbyshire, in 2002. Following a succession of promotions I was appointed as Head of Academy in February 2016. I feel proud and privileged to lead QEGS in the next chapter of its journey.
My educational philosophy and personal commitment to the local community is that QEGS will always be a school where expectations and standards are extremely high and where student and staff wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do. I lead by ensuring that life at QEGS is exciting and stimulating, where students are cared for; where we nurture every aspect of a student’s personality; where we offer all students a wide range of academic, vocational, artistic and sporting opportunities; where we promote and encourage a student’s interests and talents; where we prepare all students to be lifelong learners with a truly world class education behind them.
One of QEGS’ greatest resource is its staff. The range of experience, talent, interest, expertise and personalities are what makes this school successful and unique. In an ever-changing educational, political and economic climate, ensuring my staff have a healthy work-life balance and I can support them to produce their best is one of my key priorities.
My vision of an ‘outstanding education for all’ transcends all of our stakeholders, from students to staff, from parents to governors, from ex-QEGS to future QEGS. Every day I am excited and curious to see my students, colleagues and our community, in my opinion I have the best job in the world!