Headteacher, Ashfield Junior School
I have been headteacher at Ashfield Junior School in Workington for almost 8 years now following a move to Cumbria from Stoke-on-Trent in 2014. I have worked in education for 27 years having roles in secondary, special, primary and junior schools, as well as an advisory post for Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority. These posts have all involved working with a high number of disadvantaged pupils.
I am on the WELL Board representing the Cumbria Research School as Ashfield recently took on this role for the EEF. We have been involved in using research and evidence for our school improvement planning for the last few years and have a keen interest in developing this further by supporting other schools in the county. Our role as research school means we are responsible for disseminating information from the EEF to Cumbrian schools. It is great to be part of the WELL Board as this gives us a direct link to support schools in West Cumbria, to secure the very best for their disadvantaged pupils. West Cumbria is a great place to work, and we feel really positive about the impact this project, working alongside brilliant West Cumbrian school colleagues, can have on the outcomes for children.