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Our Leadership Team

  • Sarah Wilson
    Executive Headteacher
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    Sarah joined Greenacre in April 2020 and leads the newly formed Special Provision Partnership that includes Greenacre, Springwell Learning Community and Joseph Norton Academy in Kirklees. Sarah has overall responsibility for each setting supported by a Head of School. Together they set the school's strategic direction by analysing current needs and planning for the future.

    Sarah has been teaching and leading in education for over 20 years. She is passionate about evidence-based practice, inclusion and preparing children and young people for adulthood. Sarah is a member of the Department for Education's Headteacher Reference Group and gives advice on the potential impact of new policies on secondary and special education.
  • Sarah Parker
    Head of School
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    Sarah is the Head of School with responsibility for Assessment across school. She is also a Director of the school’s Community Interest Company and has developed a bespoke provision for post 19 students.
    Sarah has lead on the development of two very creative and personalised curriculums. One across Key Stage 2 and 3 focussing on creativity across foundation subjects and more recently across Key Stage 5 with a Lifeskills and vocational focus.
    As the lead for assessment Sarah has established consistent moderation practice, made links with other special schools including a regional moderation group and developed a working group to secure and implement a new approach to ‘life without levels’ including the development of ‘bridging units’ to support the gap between P8 and Y1 end of year expectations.
    Having gained a Master’s degree in Educating Children and Young People with Autism, Sarah has a key interest in research and development. She has led a variety of school improvement projects through the use of Enquiry and has recently established a cross school Enquiry project with Highfield’s School in Wakefield to support TA development. She has completed the Aspiring Leaders programme, Leadership Pathways, Fast Track and is now an SLE.
    As Educational Visits Coordinator she has experience in leading and supporting a variety of educational visits, including a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition to Poland and a teachers’ research visit to the Gambia.
  • Debby Tinker
    Assistant Headteacher Freeflow & Kexborough
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    Debby is the Assistant Headteacher for the Freeflow department, including the Kexborough Satellite provision. Since qualifying as a teacher she has worked in a number of settings across Yorkshire. She joined Greenacre as a teacher in 2013 following a successful placement as part of her Graduate Teacher Programme. Debby has led classes across lower school (EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) including our Kexborough Satellite provision. Debby initially trained as an Early Years Specialist with a focus on creative and immersive learning environments. In 2015 she successfully completed the ‘Aspiring Middle Leaders’ Course and has subsequently completed the NPQSL qualification with a focus of improving teaching and learning methods. Debby has taken on whole school responsibility for Recruitment and Retention at Greenacre School. Additionally, she is overseeing the Continuous Professional Development of staff at all levels including Apprentices within school. Debby is part of the Wellspring Trust strategic group for Recruitment and Retention with a focus of sharing outstanding practice. Debby has been involved with our Greenacre Education Support Services (GESS) where she has supported a number of mainstream schools to deliver personalised intervention programmes for pupils with SEN. She has helped to develop and delivered whole school training around marking and feedback, Literacy, Early Years Education, Teaching Assistant on-line training and Developing Staff CPD.
  • Marie Harper
    Assistant Headteacher Lifeskills & College
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    Marie is the Assistant Headteacher for LifeSkills & Carlton, with responsibility for personalisation across the school and joint responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment. Marie has previously worked as a teacher in a range of different special schools across Yorkshire where she led classes in key stages in 1 and 2. She joined Greenacre in April 2009 and enjoyed the challenge of moving from primary to secondary, leading year 11 students on highly individualised accreditation programmes.
    Marie immediately developed her skills in managing challenging behaviours, supporting children with communication difficulties, sensory processing issues and physical disabilities. She is an SLE and has worked in collaboration with others to deliver training for the TSA to colleagues from across the borough.
    In addition Marie has also attended external training focusing on students with sensory difficulties, she has also been involved with GESS support work in mainstream schools, where she has devised personalised plans to meet sensory needs and shared assessment tracking information for SEND pupils.
  • Todd Cheetham
    Assistant Headteacher Cool
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    Todd is the Assistant Headteacher for Cool & Opening Doors, with whole school responsibility for outcomes and interventions. Todd also has a whole school responsibility for Science, maintaining an overview of this area across school.
    During his time at Greenacre, Todd has developed his skills in managing challenging behaviours, supporting pupils with a wide range of physical disabilities and working closely with families to provide additional support. He has worked collaboratively to develop a bespoke induction package supporting significant improvements in staff retention and performance.
    Todd has completed his ‘Aspiring Middle Leaders’ and NPQSL qualifications. Todd has been instrumental in the development of systems to analyse pupil progress and has implemented a whole school intervention programme to support all learners. Todd in now a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) with Positive Regard TSA for Assessment with a specialism in Outcomes and PPG.
    Todd has offered Inclusion Network support work in Secondary schools to advise on accreditation pathways and has devised personalised programmes of study to support individuals in mainstream with great success. Todd is also available to support with curriculum/assessment development and PPG Strategy work across key stages.
  • Dan Foster
    Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
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    Dan Foster is the Pupil Welfare Lead at Greenacre, having whole school responsibility for pastoral support. Dan is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Dan joined Greenacre in 2004 as a curriculum support assistant with a specialism in Early Years Childcare and Education, later progressing to Higher Level Teaching Assistant before taking on the role of Social Interaction Mentor. Dan has developed skills in leadership and management, family support and managing challenging behaviour. It is Dan’s role to ensure that all learners are safe, well and happy and that they are able to display socially valid behaviour. This includes ensuring the school has robust safeguarding processes and procedures. Dan works collaboratively with a range of partner agencies including CAMHs, children and adult Social Care and Health. Dan is a member of Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership, the Safeguarding Children with Disabilities and Complex Health Needs sub-committee and the Neglect sub-committee. Dan is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in behaviour & discipline.
    Dan has worked to develop the multi-agency hub at Greenacre which is designed to ensure partner agencies work in close collaboration to meet the holistic needs of all pupils in a timely and effective way. Dan works to ensure that pupils can leave Greenacre as independent and equipped for adulthood as possible, and with the correct support around them.
  • Cathy Devney
    SENDCO for Upper School
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    Cathy joined Greenacre in February 2021 as the SENDCO for Lower School, including the
    Oakhill and Kexborough Satellites. Cathy has been teaching, advising and leading in
    education for over 20 years. Originally qualifying as a secondary English teacher, she went
    on to focus in special education. She took a Postgraduate Diploma in Profound and Multiple
    Learning Difficulties at Manchester University and specialised in intensive interaction whilst
    working in a secondary special school. She then worked for Bradford Local Authority for a
    number of years as a Senior Education Officer (SEND) supporting and advising SENDCOs,
    families and multi-agency partners across the district. She represented the Local Authority in
    mediation and a number of Educational Tribunals. Cathy was asked to join the specialist
    teaching team as a multi-sensory impairment specialist within the HI Service and loved
    working with the families of very complex learners from 0-19. For the last 10 years, she has
    been Head of Learning Support and Assistant Principal: Additional Needs in two secondary
    schools. In this time, she completed her CPT3a and became a qualified Educational
    Assessor registered with the British Psychological Society and undertook her NPQSL. She
    represented the secondary sector at the Local Authority SEND Panel and worked as the
    DSL and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children alongside her SENDCO
    responsibilities. She is passionate about inclusive education and particularly enjoys working
    with families to ensure they receive the best possible educational provision and outcomes.
    Cathy is very excited about her role at Greenacre and delighted to be working back within
    specialist education.
  • Jeremey Lonsdale
    Acting Assistant Headteacher for Satellites
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    Jeremy is currently acting Assistant Headteacher for the Greenacre satellites. He is also a teaching and learning lead with responsibility for whole school Physical Education.
    He joined Greenacre in 2014 from a Sixth Form college in Sheffield and has taught pupils across Key Stages 3, 4 and Post 16. During his time at Greenacre he has developed and implemented the rolling programme for PE across the school allowing all pupils access to high quality
    physical development opportunities. He works closely with sport national governing bodies to provide internal and external competitive opportunities for pupils, with a focus on providing links to clubs for continued participation. Jeremy is a SLE and has led working groups to foster cohesive working relationships between large teams of staff. Alongside a range of investigation tools and activities for staff that allows them to work together in a focused positive way.