Meet the Team United Learning CEO Glenmoor Academy Swindon Academy
Swindon & Wiltshire Teaching School Hub is a designated centre of excellence committed to providing high quality training and development to all teachers and leaders across the region. We are building a network of partners so that all teachers will be able to access the very best training and support whatever stage of their career they are at – from ITT right through to the new suite of leadership NPQs, through to the golden thread of teacher and leader development. We will delivering the Early Careers Framework, National Professional Qualifications as well as other evidence informed CPD alongside access to the well-established networks and curriculum hubs across our region.
Swindon & Wiltshire Teaching School Hub is a designated centre of excellence committed to providing high quality training and development to all teachers and leaders across the region. We are building a network of partners so that all teachers will be able to access the very best training and support whatever stage of their career they are at – from ITT right through to the new suite of leadership NPQs, through to the golden thread of teacher and leader development. We will be delivering the Early Careers Framework, National Professional Qualifications as well as other evidence informed CPD working and collaborating with well-established networks and curriculum hubs across our region.
Danielle Fisher is the Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub and Vice Principal at Glenmoor and Winton Academies. Over the past five years, Danielle has led initial teacher training at Glenmoor and Winton Academies and worked as Visiting Professional Mentor for United Teaching. Before taking on the role of Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub, Danielle led on teaching and learning at Glenmoor and Winton Academies.
Natalie McKay is Deputy Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub and has worked as the Initial Teacher Training Lead at Glenmoor and Winton Academies for the past 3 years. This role has involved working with a wide range of trainees, early career teachers and numerous teacher training providers in the South West and nationally. Natalie also works as a Regional Training Centre lead for United Teaching and a Subject Knowledge Coach for another SCITT provider.
Mel Marshall is Deputy Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub and works at Glenmoor and Winton Academy. Over the past few years Mel has worked as a Geography Advisor for United Learning supporting and working with a wide range of schools. Throughout her career she has been involved in teacher training as a mentor and delivering sessions for trainees and has previously been a Head of Faculty.
Zoe Thompson is Deputy Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub and Senior Assistant Principal at Swindon Academy. Over the past 4 years Zoe has led curriculum development at Swindon Academy. This role includes leadership of subject leaders, supporting curriculum design and teacher development. Zoe is also cluster lead for the NPQ Swindon Cluster and a facilitator for the NPQML programme.
Gisele Bessa is the Marketing and Communication Administrator for the Teaching School Hub. Gisele has worked at Glenmoor and Winton Academies since 2017 and is looking forward to working with the Teaching School Hub to ensure that teachers and leaders across all phases, stages and contexts are supported in every stage of their career.
Nominated as the Teaching School Hub for Swindon and Wiltshire, Glenmoor Academy has extensive experience in providing professional development opportunities to teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers. Having been awarded Teaching School Hub status out of area, we are extremely passionate about the opportunities to extend our skill set and experiences to work with teachers and leaders further afield.
Our motivation to be a Teaching School Hub is born out a desire for teachers and leaders to have equity of access to excellent development opportunities. We know that this is not the case for all teachers and leaders, and we wish to use what we have learnt about raising standards in an area of deprivation, combined with existing expertise and successful delivery models, to ensure equity of provision.
Stuart Ingram is the Executive Principal of the Bournemouth and Poole Cluster, including, Avonbourne Boys' and Girls' Academies, Glenmoor and Winton Academies and The Cornerstone Academy. Stuart has enjoyed an extensive career so far, having held senior leadership roles in Dorset and Wiltshire. Stuart is a serving Ofsted inspector, working in the South West region.
Sam Viney is the Principal at Glenmoor and Winton Academies and has been part of the Senior Leadership Team since 2016, as an Assistant Principal leading on Raising Standards for disadvantaged students as Pupil Premium Champion and as a Vice Principal leading Raising Standards across both Academies. Sam has worked both within and outside the Multi Academy Trust, with other Multi Academy Trusts, Local Authorities, and the Regional Schools Commission to raise the profile and progress to support disadvantaged students.
Swindon Academy is an all-through academy with provision for students from age 2 to 18. Swindon Academy, which is part of United Learning, is working together with the Teaching School Hub to support the development of teachers and leaders across all phases and stages of their career.
We believe in providing high quality professional development and are committed to ensuring teachers have the best quality provision and support in their early careers and as they progress into leadership roles. Swindon Academy strongly believe that by working in partnership and collaboration we can make a real impact for all our students in Swindon and the wider community and have collaborated in a variety of partnerships across the town and beyond.
Ruth Robinson is the Executive Principal of the Swindon and Nova Hreod Academies which are part of United Learning. Ruth has been a Headteacher for 17 years, having led large secondary schools in Birmingham and Oxfordshire prior to coming to Swindon.
The past year has demonstrated the innovation and impact that can come from collaboration across the teaching sector – from the sharing of best practice in remote learning to the creation of some outstanding resources as part of the Oak National Academy effort. As a Group, we have always advocated for shared working to drive continuous improvement, and this sits at the heart of our own approach to professional development. It is gratifying, therefore, to see Glenmoor Academy named as a teaching school hub and to be able to build on their existing expertise, alongside broader colleagues and partners, for the benefit of all children and young people in their region.
Sir Jon Coles - United Learning CEO
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