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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 and 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, Reception Teacher and 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, Year 1 Teacher, 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 Director of Teaching and Learning (English Lead)

    Mrs Ashton completed her four year BA Hons Primary Teaching degree in 2010, specialising in Creative Arts. Since then she has taught in KS2 in Halifax and Leeds. In her spare time she loves being creative; her hobbies are crochet, sewing and cake decorating. She enjoy going on long walks with her boxer dog, Brody and visiting new places. She has a passion for English and loves teaching literacy.

  • Miss Booth, Teacher and Director of Teaching and Learning (Maths Lead)

    Miss Booth began work as year five class teacher at the Greetland Academy after completing a Primary education degree at Leeds Metropolitan University where she specialised in History.

    Miss Booth has loved teaching in both Year 5 and 6, running the book club with Mrs Lynch and the school cooking and gardening club with Mrs Sykes. This involved teaching the children about where their food comes from and the value of good nutrition.

    In her role as maths co-ordinator, Miss Booth is working to enhance our existing excellent teaching of Maths by ensuring children across the school are offered exciting and engaging learning opportunities to challenge and extend their understanding of mathematical concepts.

    Miss Booth’s role as curriculum director gives her the opportunity to make a difference to standards and attainment throughout the Greetland Academy. 

    In her free time Miss Booth enjoys travelling, skiing, swimming and days out with her family, especially her two children, Jacob and Isla.

  • Mrs Hollingsworth, Teacher, Asst. Headteacher/Dir. School Improvement

    Mrs Hollingsworth graduated as a teacher in 2001 gaining PGCE and QTS. She had the opportunity to work in different schools in Halifax for four years before she joined Whitehill Academy in September 2005 where she worked for thirteen years. Mrs Hollingsworth gained valuable experience, knowledge and skills during her time at Whitehill, not only as a teacher but also as a member of the senior leadership team. She started her career as a teacher in year 1 where she worked for four years. She then became a lead teacher moving to year 2 and taking responsibility for KS1 SATs. After completing her NPQML and NPQSL (National qualifications for middle and senior leaders), she was promoted to the post of Assistant Vice Principal at Whitehill Academy.

    Mrs Hollingsworth lives in Halifax with her husband John and her two children Harry and Louise. Harry is currently at university in Newcastle, Louise is in year 10 and working very hard at school. During her spare time, Mrs Hollingsworth likes cooking, walking and travelling and enjoys travelling to countries where she can practise her fluency in other languages.

  • Mrs Firth, Multi-Academy Trust Chief Operations Officer

    Mrs Firth is the Chief Operations Officer at The Greetland Academy Trust and has worked with us since January 2005.

    Before having a career break to bring up her family Mrs Firth worked at a chartered accountants. In 1996 she began working for the Local Authority Education Department as secretary to the Behaviour Support Team. She then became the School Administrator at Salterhebble J & I School, Halifax. During her time at Salterhebble she gained the NCSL Certificate in School Business Management. Mrs Firth is also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) with her specialities being in Academy Transfer/Conversion and School Business Management and a Mentor for new School Business Managers within the Local Authority.

    Mrs Firth oversees the day to day running of the school with her main focuses being the administration of its day to day business, facilities and human resources. She attends weekly senior management team meetings and termly governing body meetings to report on these areas.

    Schools throughout West Yorkshire, the Local Authority and National Leader Organisations have requested that Mrs Firth provide advice and support on issues such as Academy Transfer, Health & Safety, Procurement, the Obesity Strategy and the organisation of school meals.

    Mrs Firth has taken part in our annual residential trips to Edale & Whitby on several occasions and enjoys opportunities to be with the children including helping with FOGS (Friends of Greetland School) events.

    Outside of school Mrs Firth is a keen swimmer and walker with her favourite sport being skiing. She has a daughter, Rebecca, who works in Banking and a son, Jack, who works in IT.

    Mrs Firth likes being a part of the Greetland Academy team:
    “No two days are the same and I enjoy the challenge of dealing with a such a large variety of work.”


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