Sue has been Principal of Gawthorpe Community Academy in Wakefield for the last 12 years. Her school has received two consecutive judgements of outstanding and has been a consistently high performing school for the last 10 years.
In 2009 she was made an NLE and has carried out deployments in Leeds, Leicester, Barnsley and Wakefield. These deployments have included executive Headships of Schools in Special measures. She has a strong track record of supporting schools out of OFSTED categories and supporting schools to achieve a judgement of good.
Sue is head of Aspire Teaching School which has a specific focus on supporting primary schools across the Wakefield district. Aspire Teaching School has a strong partnership arrangement with the Outwood Institute of Education.
Sue’s particular areas of expertise are in provision of high quality Early Years’ Experience , promotion of high standards across the primary phase, behaviour management and developing a rich, inspirational and memorable curriculum based on local community need.
As Principal of her own academy and in working with other schools Sue has a strong believe that through promoting high aspirations, giving support, challenge, care and respect and creating strong teamwork excellent teaching and learning will be achieved.