Meet Our Team

Leadership & Operations Team

  • Caroline Elliott

    English Hub Strategic Lead

    Caroline is headteacher at Jerry Clay Academy where Reading is at the heart of everything. She leads the team to ensure every child learns to read and loves to read. Children's talk and vocabulary development allows the children to attain excellent knowledge and application of knowledge across the academy. Caroline also loves all things mathematical and musical and places creativity at the heart of Jerry Clay's diverse curriculum.

  • Liz Brook

    Hub Lead (Engagement & Audit)

    Liz Brook has a wide experience of supporting pupils and staff as a Deputy Headteacher and Specialist Leader in Education. She is currently the Reading Leader at Jerry Clay Academy and enjoys sharing effective practice with schools within Wakefield. Having supported and led a successful phonics programme in the academy and through this, she is passionate that all children should be readers, thus opening a world of excitement and enjoyment that is life- long. Communication and collaboration are key aspects she is passionate about so that practitioners are supported in their ambition to ensure reading for all. She is excited and proud to be working with the English Hub and practitioners to have an impact on children’s reading, their imaginations and developing a love of reading.

  • Kelly Wood

    English Hub Lead- Delivery

    Kelly Wood joined the team in September 2019 as our English Hub Leader.
    With over 10 years leadership experience, as an Assistant Headteacher, Academy Improvement Partner and, more recently, leading transformational changes as the Head of Primary and the strategic Director of Excellence and Learning at Roundhay School in Leeds, Kelly has a wealth of experience and a proven track record of driving excellence and raising standards, including receiving the national recognition award of outstanding new teacher of the year.

    Kelly is extremely passionate about offering children and young people the best possible experiences, and she works relentlessly to lead with a moral purpose and attention to detail. A huge priority and focus of her leadership work has been ensuring that children ‘get out of the reading gate’ as soon as possible to develop a real love for both reading and writing. Her particular highlight during her time at Roundhay is that 100% of the Y1 cohort passed the phonics screening in 2019 and, more importantly, can now read fluently and for pleasure. The school had previously performed under the national average since it opened and before she became the Head. Kelly was honoured to host the city’s first DFE Phonics Roadshow in 2019 to celebrate the impact of the school’s work and share the joy of teaching young children to read and read with pleasure.

    Kelly is passionate about leading the team of Literacy Specialists and working with local schools to support the aims of our Jerry Clay English Hub. She is excited about the prospect of working with even more schools and leaders this year in order to ensure the very best quality of education for their pupils.

  • Sally-Anne Beaumont

    Finance Administrator

    Sally-Anne Beaumont is an experienced Office Manager, having worked at Jerry Clay Academy for nearly 17 years.  She is passionate about events management and supporting school improvement. She has a vast experience of hospitality management, prior to moving to the education sector she worked for National Australia Bank and was the Executive Assistant to the Head of Global Cards, Europe.

  • Yvonne Wells

    Business Manager

    Yvonne Wells is an experienced Business Manager, having worked as a member of the SLT at Jerry Clay Academy for over 8 years. She is passionate about supporting school improvement. She has a strong financial background, prior to moving to the education sector she worked for O2 in Customer Service Finance and Strategy roles and she is a qualified chartered accountant.

  • Katie Wingfield

    English Hub / Accelerator Fund Administrator

    Katie Wingfield is an experienced Administrator, having worked for over 20 years at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors supporting Fee Earners in the Motor Department. Although new to the education sector, she is keen to support school improvement and the values that Jerry Clay Academy English Hub strive for.

  • Emma Bagshaw

    Accelerator Fund Administrator

    Emma Bagshaw is the Administrator for English Hub. Emma has joined the English Hub team alongside working in an Administrative role at Jerry Clay Academy. Previous to this she worked for a Recruitment Company and also has a BA honours Degree in Childhood Studies. With a background in the Education sector working in a Preschool Emma is passionate about the education of children and giving them the best opportunities to succeed.

Our Literacy Specialists Team

  • Joanne Frost

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Joanne Frost has been teaching in Wakefield for 25 years, and has taught all year groups across KS1 and KS2. She has been in her current role as a Head Teacher for the last 10 years. During that time, the school has moved from RI to Good and in 3 of those years, has been recognised as being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress in Reading, Writing and Maths.

    Joanne has a real passion to ensure that every child’s experience in primary school enables them to be motivated, engaged, with a love of learning and success across the curriculum.
    Joanne believes that reading opens doors.  This is the driver for the high level of investment in the Early Years’ experience and early reading and phonics curriculum in her school, where she prioritises early language acquisition skills through high quality learning environments and interactions. 

    Joanne has been fortunate to support other schools in Wakefield in her role as a Local Leader of Education. She looks forward to extending this work through the Jerry Clay English Hub.

  • Liz Bellis

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Liz Bellis began teaching within the Early Years in 2006. Her experience includes teaching Nursery and Reception children. She is currently the Nursery Manager of a school’s off site Nursery. During her career she has also worked as a leading teacher for Communication Language and Literacy for Wakefield Local Education Authority. This role gave her the opportunity to work alongside other colleagues and advisory teachers and leading teachers to support schools in developing effective Phonics and CLLD throughout school to raise standards.

    Liz has been an SLE since 2015. In this time she has worked in a number of schools. Recently she was part of the SSIF ‘Every Teacher a Reading Teacher’ project to develop reading and phonics amongst schools in Wakefield.

    Liz has a passionate aim to inspire others to develop a love of Reading and develop phonics teaching that will inspire children’s love of reading and writing.

    As an SLE she enjoys supporting others to develop their skills and knowledge as an enthusiastic and approachable colleague.

  • Ellenor Dixon

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Ellenor Dixon is an experienced Teacher across KS1. As a middle leader, she has a particular passion for Literacy and ensuring that every child becomes a fluent reader.

    Ellenor has a passion for school-to-school support, most recently leading NQT training for 85 NQTs across Wakefield. The opportunity has allowed her to have a wider impact by supporting NQTs through a crucial year in their teaching career.

    Ellenor thrives in mentoring and coaching other practitioners. Teachers from other settings often observe her teaching of Literacy, in particular she has worked closely with them to develop their understanding of phonics and the impact a well-planned and established structure can have on children’s early reading. She strongly believes in improving practice and inspiring practitioners to be the best they can be.

    Ellenor’s biggest motivation is ensuring all children achieve their very best. She is passionate that all children learn to read fluently and develop a love for reading.

  • Lauren McCarthy

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Lauren McCarthy is an experienced Teacher, having taught in several schools, for over 19 years. Lauren specialises in English and Drama. Through this passion, Lauren has vast experience of supporting colleagues with these skills, enabling them to become more confident in areas of Literacy and Drama.

    Lauren is currently an English Leader and teacher in Key Stage 1, in addition to supporting trainee teachers. As part of this role, she organises and manages Phonics, develops early language acquisition and ensures that all her children get through the ‘reading gateway’.

    In her role as an SLE, she has been supporting a vast array of schools to ensure all ‘Teachers are Reading Teachers.’ The project has involved supporting other schools and disseminating the training throughout the schools.

    Lauren is looking forward to driving the reading journey in schools across the region, with the Jerry Clay English Hub, bringing the excitement of reading to all children.

  • Lesley Sullivan

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Lesley Sullivan is a Head of School at a large school in Barnsley, English Lead and Lead Moderator.  She has a passion for practical and credible support for teachers in their ambition to improve. She does this through strong partnership-working with practitioners to  bring clarity to overly complicated systems and assistance to implement workable solutions designed to work in context.  Whether you look at her degree in Language and Linguistics, her international marketing career, her lecturing in management and leadership, her work as an English SLE or her opening of a pre-school nursery, her love of English and the challenge of finding the right approach for each individual she works with is evident.  She has a commitment to develop a lifelong love of reading in others and as a consequence improve outcomes for all.  She has been instrumental in marked improvements in literacy within her own school as well as sharing and driving improvements in schools across Barnsley.  At the heart of her success, is her supportive, analytical approach which means that she can identify needs and prioritise accordingly within a variety of school contexts.  She looks forward to continuing this work with the English Hub team and making a difference to young lives.

  • Faye Batty

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Faye is an experienced KS1 teacher and phonics leader and is passionate about ensuring every child is a reader. As a leader, Faye has successfully led her current school on a phonics improvement journey resulting in consistently achieving 100% PSC.
    Faye has previously worked with Leeds for Learning to deliver training for Leeds NQTs. Faye also works with the Red Kite Alliance to deliver phonics training to ITT students.
    Faye is an advocate for creating a reading culture which inspires pupils’ love of reading and bringing the curriculum to life through the magic of stories.
    Faye believes that high quality, targeted coaching builds expert reading teachers and has demonstrated her own team’s success during reading roadshows for the Department for Education and JCEH.

  • Filippa England

    English Hub Literacy Specialist

    Filippa England has a wide experience of supporting pupils and staff across a multi-academy trust and as Specialist Leader in Education. She is currently the Learning and Achievement Leader for Every Child Matters Academy Trust in Barnsley and enjoys sharing effective practice within her schools, across Barnsley and local areas.

    Having implemented and supported a successful phonics programme across the trust, she is passionate to ensure all children are successful, fluent readers with a passion for books and reading. Through diagnostic support and precise coaching, Filippa has supported schools build upon a strong start in reception and key stage 1 to ensure they receive consistent and high-quality teaching throughout their primary education. As such, she has been influential in improvements in literacy across each of the schools in the academy and across her local authority.

    Her wealth of experience at supporting teachers and senior leadership teams, means she is able to support schools drive standards through a supportive and systematic approach. Filippa is really looking forward to working with Jerry Clay Academy to share her love and passion for reading and language with more schools.

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