Meet Our Team

Leadership & Operations Team

  • Tracy Swinburne

    Executive Headteacher, Jerry Clay Academy, English Hub Strategic Lead & National Support School Lead

    Tracy Swinburne is a National Leader of Education and experienced Executive Headteacher of a National Support School with over 19 years of teaching & leadership roles in inner city, urban, rural and international schools. She has an extensive track record of supporting school improvement at local, national and international levels for schools and has led DFE Phonics initiatives in her schools. In 2018, Tracy won a national award for ‘Headteacher of the Year’. Leadership roles have included coaching leaders to improve their schools from special measures or requiring improvement to good or outstanding, leading teaching across the curriculum including in the EYFS, strategic development of senior and middle leaders and developing the culture within schools.

    Tracy has a particular passion for early literacy and has led both national and international projects to ensure that children have the necessary early literacy skills to become fluent readers. Tracy has a relentless drive to ensure all Leaders and Teachers have a determined focus on reading in ensuring that every child becomes a confident reader in every Primary School. She is driven to ensure that the Jerry Clay English Hub inspires & leads schools in our region to raise standards in early reading and opens the reading gateway for ALL children.

  • 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.

  • Liz Brook

    Auditing Lead & Literacy Specialist

    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.

  • Sally-Anne Beaumont

    Hub 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.

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.

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