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School Improvement

Our School Improvement Team works across the Trust to ensure all our learners achieve their potential.

director of improvement and standards - secondary and post 16

Jamie O'Brien will join us in September 2022.

dave waterson - director of improvement and standards - eyfs and primary 

Working together as part of a Trust is very powerful. It enables us to challenge and support the work we do. We work to ensure all of our learners have the opportunity to reach their potential and to have a positive influence on their futures. As an ex-Hessle High pupil, I was one of the first students who benefitted from the early days of the 6th Form Consortium. The vision of a few teachers nearly 30 years ago, working together to provide improved opportunities for their students, has developed into what we are trying to achieve today on a slightly larger scale. 

I have been a Headteacher or an Executive Headteacher, across the Yorkshire region, since 2007. In 2011, I became an LLE (Local Leader of Education) and in 2016 a NLE (National Leader of Education) supporting schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In 2017, I joined the Trust as the Headteacher of Croxby Primary followed by the position of Deputy Director of Educational Services. I am in a privileged position now as Director of Improvement and Standards to continue that #bettertogether work. Working together to ensure all of our students and staff across the Trust benefit from that support and challenge. 

richard hill - school improvement lead 

I have 18 years of teaching experience across both secondary and primary schools. Despite initially training and starting my teaching career as an MFL specialist, I took opportunities to teach a range of subjects during the 12 years I spent at Winifred Holtby; including English, geography, history and RE. In 2015, I started working at Croxby Primary where I have taught classes across KS2. I also fulfilled the role of English lead, developing innovative strategies for pupil attainment and engagement across primary phases. Recently, I successfully secured a position of ELE (Evidence Lead in Education), developing TCAT’s links with the Research Schools Network and signposting colleagues towards research in order to make a difference in the classroom and whole school.

As an adaptable practitioner, having taught across a wide range of lessons and key stages, I believe that a fundamental knowledge of successful teaching and learning strategies is the key to be able to teach effectively. My recent two-year secondment as an Academy Improvement Leader gave me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the Trust, specifically on the vital role of vocabulary in all learning to allow learners to access academic talk and reading integral to the knowledge led curriculum of schools.

The role of School Improvement Lead for English is an exciting opportunity to promote a culture of high quality curriculum and pedagogy through effective use of evidence to promote engagement and raise standards. The role will focus heavily on developing reading across the curriculum, working with leaders across the Trust in promoting reading as the ‘master skill’ and ensuring that training is available to promote high quality provision and development which is evidence based. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues to ensure progression within a 3-19 model of reading and literacy across the Trust.

Amanda welsh - school improvement lead  

I have worked at schools within the Academy Trust for the past 18 years and have worked in education for over 21 years. I trained as a Business & Economics teacher and have been very lucky to say I truly love my job and feel that being a teacher really has been a fantastic career. I have also taught Geography and Computing and have led Business, Enterprise and Vocational education for many years at Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College. A vocational education and curriculum for all is important to me and I am a passionate advocate of the #bettertogether work that the Trust can achieve as a whole organisation.

The opportunities I have enjoyed as a teacher and a leader in school are numerous and I feel fortunate to have gathered so much experience over the years to ensure I can now feed that into my new role as School Improvement Lead. For the past two years I have completed a secondment with the Trust as an Academy Improvement Leader.  Much of this role was collaborative and I have worked closely with school leaders, staff and learners.  This role has really reinforced my interest in and passion for teaching and learning.

Working closely with schools to assure excellent provision is in place for learners through improved classroom teaching and pedagogy has been a privilege for me. The School Improvement Lead position gives me the perfect opportunity to use my knowledge, experience, interest and passion for quality of teaching and learning. It also will allow me to develop a system and framework that suits all types of learners and equip them to be successful young adults by ensuring excellent teaching for all.

school improvement lead 

Angela Murphy will join us in September 2022.

health and well-being support 

Jennie Ellis - Adult Mental Health Support Worker

  • Provides learner support at: • Howden School • Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College • Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College 
  • Leads on the development of well-being support strategy for staff
  • Provides self-care support for HTs/NQTs specifically as part of a planned programme

Justine Fenton - Mental Health Support Worker

  • Provides learner support at: • Hessle High School & Sixth Form College • Holderness Academy & Sixth Form College • Winifred Holtby Academy 
  • Health and Well-being Support

Andy Hill - Mental Health Support Worker

  • Provides learner support in the primary phase across all primary schools within the Trust