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Staff

Roisin Paul - Executive Headteacher 

Roisin led Silverdale School to its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2014, with it being awarded Top State School in the North 2018 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 BA (joint honours) in Politics and Communication Studies (University of Liverpool), and a Master's in Television Scriptwriting (De Montfort University).

Nikki was previously a Governor and Trustee within Chorus Education Trust and liked it so much that she 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 responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and stakeholder relations across the Trust, its schools and its Teaching School.

See Nikki’s Linked In profile here.

Robbie McGrath - Primary Lead 

Robbie is the Headteacher at Malin Bridge Primary School which was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding in all areas in October 2017.

Robbie has worked in three Sheffield Schools with differing context and needs. He has provided training to schools and local authorities across the country on a range of school improvement areas, much of this work focusing on curriculum and assessment.

Before teaching, Robbie undertook a Business Studies Degree at Nottingham Trent University, he then worked as a buyer at Outokumpu Steel, before completing a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University.

Robbie is a Primary Lead for the Chorus Education Trust; he has helped to shape the Primary offer and strategy whilst supporting schools that are in the process of joining the trust.

John Sitch - Primary Lead
 

John is the Headteacher at Stradbroke Primary School, a large and thriving primary school in the southeast of the city.  He joined Stradbroke in 2010 as a senior leader, before quickly progressing to Assistant Head, Deputy Head and then eventually Headteacher, leading the school to a Good Ofsted judgement in 2016 after it had previously been Requires Improvement. 

John moved to Sheffield in 2000 from South Staffordshire to complete his BA Hons degree in Sport and Media at Sheffield Hallam University, before then spending some time working at the university as a Collaborative Course Administrator where he organised university accredited courses for colleges abroad.  From there, he went on to study for his PGCE at the University of Hull and subsequently took up his first teaching role in a Sheffield primary school shortly thereafter.

At the start of the 2018/19 academic year, John joined the Chorus team as one half of the Primary Improvement Leadership.  John has a passion for teaching and learning, and mentoring and developing colleagues, and sees collaboration and continuous professional development as the key to improvement and growth.