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Roisin Paul - Executive Headteacher 

Roisin led Silverdale School to its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2014, with it being recently ranked 17th in the country amongst non-selective schools by the Sunday Times.

She helped create and grow its very successful teaching school, which annually trains over 100 teachers and provides CPD to over 50 primary, secondary and special schools in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, and recently launched the National Modern Languages SCITT.

Roisin’s formal education up to the age of 18 was in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She moved to London to study a BA Hons Degree in History and Religious Studies and then trained as a teacher there. She spent eight years teaching in London comprehensive schools before moving back to Northern Ireland to open a new integrated school whose aim was to educate catholic and protestant children together.

In 2000, Roisin became a lead teaching and learning consultant for Barnsley School Effectiveness Team and in 2003 took up post as Assistant Headteacher at High Storrs School in Sheffield where she later was promoted to Deputy Headteacher. Roisin became the Headteacher of Silverdale School in 2013.

See Roisin’s Linked In profile here.

Gaynor Jones - Director of Teaching School 

Gaynor left a career in banking and finance to become a teacher. She began as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in 2001 and then became Assistant Head of Year in her second year of teaching. From there, she progressed to Whole School Literacy Coordinator and then Assistant Head of Faculty for English. Her passion for teaching and learning led her to Advanced Skills Teacher in 2007. This opened up opportunities to work with colleagues in other schools and allowed her the privilege of working with ITE and NQT colleagues.

Her current role means she can link together her passion for learning with developing others, but also it allows her to shape the direction of teacher education in the future. She is passionate about children and enabling them to achieve their full potential through outstanding education and outstanding teachers.

Gaynor has a Masters’ degree in Education from Sheffield Hallam University. This included work based projects around Teaching and Learning in English and specifically around Speaking and Listening Across the Curriculum. Her dissertation explored the link between motivation and rewards.

See Gaynor’s Linked In profile here.

Ann Allen - Business Development Manager 

Ann is a qualified banker with experience in business client relationship management, spanning both the private and public sectors. She has worked for HSBC, Barnsley Development Agency and, most recently, Creative Sheffield where she was Head of Inward Investment and Sector Growth.

She has brought her considerable expertise into the world of education, where she was Business Development Manager at Silverdale School for several years. As part of the school's Senior Leadership Team she had responsibility for the operational (non-teaching) elements of running the academy, including finance, IT, HR, risk management and premises. 

Ann was previously a govenor at a Sheffield primary school, and a Trustee of the Autism Plus charity. She has a keen interest in improving the outcomes for pupils by professionalising and developing efficient central support services for schools, to enable teaching resources to focus on the classroom.

See Ann’s Linked In profile here.

Nikki Belfield - Communications Manager 

Nikki has over twenty years' experience in PR, communications and marketing, spanning higher education, the voluntary sector, membership organisations and politics. She ran her own business as a marketing communications consultant, working for clients including holiday companies, management consultants and schools. She also worked as Chief of Staff for a Member of Parliament.

She has a CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications, as well as a Master's in Television Scriptwriting.

Nikki was previously a Governor and Trustee within Chorus Education Trust and liked it so much decided to join as a member of staff. As a parent she is passionate about schools improving their communication with students' families, as well as the wider community. She is also keen to ensure schools make the best use of rapidly changing technology.

See Nikki’s Linked In profile here.