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Our Leadership and Management Team

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  • Mrs Bennett, Multi-Academy Trust CEO and Executive Principal

    Mrs Bennett is the CEO of our Multi-Academy Trust and Executive Principal of the Greetland Academy. She has worked with us since 1996. Following completion of a B.Ed. (Hons) degree at Chester College, she began her teaching career in 1991 at St. Luke’s Primary School in Oldham where she was awarded a Leadership responsibility in her second year of teaching. Mrs Bennett gained promotion to the Senior Leadership Team at Alt Primary School where she thoroughly enjoyed developing leadership and management strategies with different teams and schools. These included a secondment, one day a week, to support a local Secondary School to enhance its transition links between Year 6 and Year 7. During her time in Oldham schools Mrs Bennett had the opportunity to lead and manage the co-ordination of assessment, curriculum development, Key Stage 2 organisation and cross-curricular links with other schools and employers. She also worked closely with the Local Authority to develop and run courses for teachers.

    The in-depth knowledge gained in these schools helped secure Mrs Bennett the Deputy Headship at Greetland Primary School in 1996. Mrs Bennett developed many areas during her time as Deputy Headteacher through her responsibilities for assessment, special educational needs, premises management and health & safety. These initiatives were recognised by the Department of Education when the School was awarded Beacon School Status, with Mrs Bennett taking the lead role in working with other providers.

    In 2002 Mrs Bennett successfully applied for the post of Headteacher at Greetland School. Having worked to ensure its continuing success the school was awarded the outstanding grade in all areas in 2007 - the school’s end of Key Stage 2 results being consistently above national averages.

    Mrs Bennett chaired the Calderdale Primary Headteachers’ Association for two years and was a board member of Calderdale’s Children’s Trust and the Local Authority Social Care Services Improvement Board. These involvements at a local authority level ensured that the school was ideally placed to plan for and react to developments within education. Having helped secure a more stable future for the school by being one of the leading outstanding schools to transfer to Academy status Mrs Bennett is currently gaining new contacts, information and networking links with other Academies throughout the country.

    Within the last three years: Mrs Bennett has become a National Leader of Education and a Teaching School Associate Member (supporting the Teaching Schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region); the Greetland Academy has been awarded National Support School status, designated a Teaching School and an approved DfE sponsor, and become a SCITT provider (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). These developments continue to ensure Greetland Academy is at the forefront of educational developments.

    As many people are aware Mrs Bennett is a busy Mum who, alongside her husband, enjoys looking after her two children – Ben and Charlotte. The role of Principal is always a challenging and ever changing one, Mrs Bennett finds inspiration from seeing children making progress and enjoying their time at the Greetland Academy and within all our partner schools.

  • Mrs Crowther, Principal

    Mrs Crowther graduated from Trinity and All Saints College Leeds in 2003 with a BA hons with QTS in Primary Education with English. She started her career at a large multi- cultural school in the centre of Halifax and remained there for 15 years. Two years after qualifiying, she became the English Lead and ITT mentor before becoming Assistant Head for Curriculum in 2008. Two years later, she was promoted to Deputy Head and soon after became a Specialist Leader in Education for Teaching and Learning. Over the past few years, she has successfully supported a number of schools on their journey of improvement alongside delivering training for both teachers and student teachers on behalf of our Teaching School and SCITT. She recently completed an MA in English and was part of our successful application to be a Research School.

  • Mr Harris, Deputy Principal

    Mr Harris joined the Greetland Academy in 2007 after training to teach through the Kirklees Graduate teacher programme at Spring Grove School in Huddersfield. He has taught in Reception and as part of our Year 1 team. He uses his knowledge and experience of early education to further develop achievement at the Academy’s Key Stage 1 site. He is a Senior Management Team member and an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Key Stage 1.

    Before training to be a teacher, Mr Harris achieved a BA and then a Masters Degree in Music at the University of Huddersfield, specialising in tuba performance. Mr Harris uses his musical experiences to inspire the children and has been key in the development of the Academy brass band. He is a designated SLiCE (Specialist Leader in Cultural Education) through the Arts Council and has worked on a range of projects, including measuring the impact of high quality drama provision on children’s reading comprehension skills.

    Areas of Expertise include: Leadership and Management of FS/KS1, Phonics, Curriculum development, Arts support and tracking the impact of specialist support bids.

  • Mrs Read, Teacher and Assistant Headteacher ​and NQT/TeachFirst Tutor

    After completing a BA (joint honours) in Early Years Education and Science, Mrs Read joined the Greetland Academy as a Year 3 teacher in 2007. After a successful first year covering a maternity leave, she became a permanent member of staff and has now been with the Academy for eight years.

    Though Mrs Read loved teaching in Year 3, her passion has always been in Early Years Education and in 2009 she moved to the Key Stage 1 site to teach Year 1 and then Year 2. During 2011-2012 Mrs Read gained the responsibility for mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) at the Academy and in 2012-13 additional responsibility for Initial Teacher Training. She works closely with many local universities to provide student provision and Sheffield Hallam University on the Teach First scheme. Mrs Read is a tutor for Teach First participants working towards their PGCE in Education and takes part in the training of participants lecturing on both the Summer Institute and Primary Leadership Project.

    Mrs Read gained accreditation as a Specialist Leader in Education, specialising in NQT and Initial Teacher Education in 2013. As part of this role she is actively involved in the Teaching School Schools Direct course, both delivering lectures and tutoring students towards meeting the teacher standards.

    As part of her role as Assistant Principal, Mrs Read has responsibility for the co-ordination of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within school. This is an area of personal interest to Mrs Read, she has taken an active part in SEN provision within the school for a number of years before becoming Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Mrs Read has gained the Post Graduate Certificate in SEND Co-ordination.

    Outside of school, Mrs Read is actively involved with a local gymnastics club and enjoys taking children to competitions. She also enjoys travelling, recently visiting Mexico, Germany and Norway to see the 'Northern Lights'. She hopes to do a lot more of this in the future!

  • Mrs Ashton, Teacher and Assistant Head of Curriculum

    Mrs Ashton completed her four year BA Hons Primary Teaching degree in 2010, specialising in Creative Arts. Since then she has taught in Halifax and Leeds and has a range of experience from Reception to Year 6. Mrs Ashton has a passion and enthusiasm for teaching and leading English and is continually developing this. She has recently joined the English Hub as a Phonics specialist teacher. Mrs Ashton is also a Seesaw ambassador and NQT mentor.

    Mrs Ashton has recently taken on the role of Assistant Head and as a member of the leadership team will be responsible for co-ordinating the curriculum and line managing the English and Maths leads. 

    In her spare time she loves being creative; her hobbies are dress making and cake decorating. She enjoys going on long walks with her husband and Spizsla dog, Dotty, and visiting new places.

  • Miss Whiteley, Teacher and Assistant Head for Teaching, Learning & Personal Development

    Miss Whiteley has been teaching for six years and has worked at The Greetland Academy since September 2018. She loves teaching inspiring and engaging lessons and seeing how children’s curiosity and love of learning develops. She has a particular interest in dance and runs a dance club whose members have the experience of taking part in a national event called ‘The Great Big Dance Off!’. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her little boy, socialising with her family and friends, shopping and reading.  


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