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Trained BASL colleagues

Trained BASL colleagues

Joanne Butler
St Paul's Church of England Combined School

Area: Wye Valley Liaison Group
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Phases: Nursery (3+), KS1 and KS2

Summary of the school

One-form entry primary school with Nursery. Church of England VA school with strong Christian distinctiveness. Low but increasing SEN, PP and BAME demographic. New leadership team and significant staff changes in last two years. SIAMS and Ofsted inspections in last two years (including Ofsted under new Framework Oct 2019).

Summary of experience and areas of expertise as a Headteacher

Headteacher for just two years after being Deputy Headteacher at St Paul's for 11 years; so I have experience of moving from deputy head to headteacher in the same school as well as recent memory of being a new headteacher.

Overseen significant changes in staffing and governorship due to retirement, redundancy, promotion and performance. Worked with all stakeholders to consult on ethos, values and vision. Working on developing subject leads in articulating intent, implementation and impact linked to school purpose.

BCC Headline visit cited the following as strengths of the school:

  • Leadership - values and ethos
  • EYFS - strong foundation and impact of new leadership in nursery provision
  • Phonics – high and consistent attainment

Recent Ofsted inspection cited the following as strengths of the school:

  • Personal Development
  • Home-School Partnership
  • Staff Well-being


Eileen Stewart 
Stoke Mandeville Combined School

Area: Aylesbury Vale
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Phases: Rec, KS1 and KS2

Summary of the school

Stoke Mandeville is a one form entry primary school with 208 pupils on role, which includes children in a Hearing Impaired ARP which brings another dimension to the school.

The school had a very turbulent history with a very unsettled period of leadership until 2014 when I started as Headteacher. The school was placed as RI in January 2016. We worked very hard to reach the well-deserved Good Ofsted in January 2018. The challenges faced as a leader mean I have a clear understanding of how to prioritise and how to present information to both Ofsted and BCC monitoring teams.

The school has 1 class teacher per year group and in most cases an additional teaching assistant in each class. The building is a mix of old and new which has its own challenges, but the grounds are spacious and well used. The school has improved its results since 2014 and this means the school is significantly above national and Bucks for Greater Depth reading writing and maths at both KS 1 and KS 2.

Summary of experience and areas of expertise as a Headteacher

My experience covers 29 years in teaching with the last 20 being in a leadership position. I have worked in 2 form entry schools, a 1 and a half form and 1 form entry primary schools meaning I understand the challenges each of these bring. I have worked in 4 different local authorities which gives a broad perspective from different local authorities.

I am a representative on PEB and schools forum which also gives an insight of the current thoughts in Bucks.

As a class teacher I have worked across both key stages and have been a “Leading Maths” teacher while working in 2 other local authorities.

As a Head I have experience of identifying a school with significant challenges and bringing it through an RI inspection back to a good grading. During this time having support from other colleagues, just to listen, helped me talk through actions to be taken. Headship can be a lonely place at times and trusting colleagues, who understand the daily challenges, is an important reason why I would like to be involved with this project.


Debbie Morrison
Stone CE Combined

Area: Aylesbury Vale
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Phases: KS1 and KS2

Summary of the school

Stone is a combined primary school with an intake of 210 pupils.

The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are considered to be disadvantaged is below national averages. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is in line with national averages.

Summary of experience and areas of expertise as a Headteacher

I have worked in Catholic and Church of England Schools. I was a SENDCO for many years. I have led many curriculum subjects but specialise in maths. Staff in my school do outreach to support other schools with maths and training.  I have been assessment lead as a deputy and headteacher and feel this is an area of expertise.

I have a clear vision for my school and set SMART targets that are achievable – this creates a climate of success. Planning for, implementing and evaluating school improvement is therefore an area in which I feel confident.

I have clear processes and record keeping and feel that organisation is an area in which I could help others.


Catherine Gouldstone
North Marston C E School

Area: North
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Phases: Primary 4-11

Summary of the school

North Marston is a small village school with mixed age classes. The intake number is 15 and capacity is 105. Our pupils are from mainly white British backgrounds, which brings its own challenges when dealing with diversity and global awareness.

I have an assistant headteacher who is also an SSPC and lead KS2 moderator for Bucks. The staff at North Marston are experienced, and as is the nature of small schools have a number of responsibilities.

One of the greatest challenges is managing staff workload and managing the ever tightening budget.

Summary of experience and areas of expertise as a Headteacher

I have been head teacher at North Marston for 13 years. I have stepped in as interim headteacher at 2 other schools to cover HT absence. I have worked as a mentor for new headteachers for10 years and also supported experienced headteachers in areas such as progression into KS2 from KS1 schools, mixed age class teaching, school finance monitoring and staff organisation.

I was an AST for working with support staff prior to becoming a HT. I am a trained LLE. I am on the BASL board and have held the position of chair and vice-chair, I am also the vice-chair of FOSS and the liaison group representative on the PEB.


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