Meet the Team

The Kingfisher Team

 Mel Lewis – Teaching School Manager

Certificate in Life Coaching, Certificate in Counselling, Certificate in Management Studies, Certificate in Student Support & Guidance

Mel has previous extensive experience working in industry and academia. She worked as the Consultancy & Qualifications Manager at the University of Manchester, providing managerial support to staff and pastoral support to post grad students, prior to moving to Kingfisher. Her current role is managing, co-ordinating, developing and contributing to the Teaching School’s offer.

 Jenni Cryer – Director of Pedagogy

BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Literature, Certificate in Science, PGCE in Primary Education (Languages Specialism), PGCE in The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (with Merit), NPQSL

Jenni is Assistant Head at Kingfisher Special School with responsibility for pedagogy, wellbeing and staff development. She has a wide range of experience, teaching and leading in both mainstream and special schools for 13 years. She is an accredited facilitator for SLE training and the OTP/ITP. Jenni is passionate about providing excellence in education for all learners and believes in collaborative working to achieve the highest standards in teaching and learning. She can offer support with CPD, SEN, behaviour management, teaching & learning, and has a particular interest in coaching and developing staff.

National Leader of Education (NLE)

 Anne Redmond – Executive Principal

MA (Process Consultancy), MA (Education), B ED (Hons), NLE, NPQH, DASE (Special Needs)

Anne Redmond has worked in special education for 31 years. Anne is Executive Principal of Kingfisher Learning Trust, and has been Headteacher of Kingfisher Special School since January 2005, with the highest of aspirations and expectations. During those 12 years, Anne has led the school through three Ofsted inspections receiving 3 Outstanding Ofsted judgments in 2007, 2010 and 2014. Anne has been a National Leader of Education (NLE) since 2009 and leads a cohort 1 National Teaching School.

Anne is an inspirational leader, passionate about raising standards and achievements for all.  She has a commitment to personal leadership discovery and developing and preparing leaders for the future through coaching and self-reflection. As such, she obtained her MA in Process Consultancy from the University of Manchester in 2013. In 2015, Anne was a Fellowship Programme participant, working on a question posed by the NCTL that focused on system leadership.

Until recently Anne has been the Strategic Lead for the Oldham Schools Alliance (OSA) and has led the restructure of the Association of Primary Heads in response to the changing national policy context in relation to developing a self-improving school system. Anne was a Commissioner on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission and now supports the strategic body that leads the work.

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

 Sue Caine – Head of School & Director of Pastoral Care

BEd (Hons)

Sue is the Head of School at Kingfisher Special School and has extensive leadership experience. She oversees the operational management of the school and has a particular interest in supporting colleagues who teach children with autism and challenging behaviour.

Sue leads on the day to day running of the school ensuring that all children are able to access their learning. She is the lead on Safeguarding across the school and also works closely with the Pastoral Support Team to ensure that parents/carers are kept well informed of their child’s progress and welfare, as well as giving support to parents with any issues that may arise.

Sue is interested in developing staff skills and the different ways that this can be done. Areal coaching culture has been developed across school and staff are encouraged to work together to learn and continue to improve practice to enhance pupil outcomes. Staff training is planned over the year as a result of whole school and individual need. Partnerships with staff in other schools is encouraged and Sue is eager to promote ‘lifelong learning’ across school whilst working with other practitioners within school to share good practice.

 Nicola Found – Director of Creative Learning

B Ed (Hons) Fine Art & Performing Arts, PGCE Art and Design – Secondary Foundation Cert in Art Therapy, Intensive Interaction Practitioner, Certified Developmental Movement Practitioner

Nic has a wide range of experiences working with children in special and mainstream settings. She is the Lead Practitioner for Creative Learning at Kingfisher. Within this role Nic has led the development of the creative curriculum which enables the children to access their learning through an innovative and exciting approach. Nic works alongside class teachers to further develop their skills to ensure optimum learning for all children. She is passionate about teaching creative arts and using the arts as a medium to develop key skills. Nic also has an interest in supporting children to be ‘ready for learning’  based on up to date research – be it through providing an optimum learning environment inside and out or helping them access a Sensory Diet where sensory processing is an issue. She is a certified Developmental Movement Practitioner.

 Suzanne Pass – Director of Educational Excellence

MA in Special Education, BEd (Hons), NPQH

Susanne is Assistant Head at Kingfisher Special School with responsibility for Educational Excellence. She leads developments in the creative curriculum, thematic approaches and personalised learning. She also leads on data analysis and target setting to ensure that small but significant progress for children with complex and severe SEN is recognised, built on and celebrated. She has extensive experience working in a Special School setting and has a particular interest in Total Communication.

 Michael Unsworth – Director of Business

BA in School Business Management

Michael has been a School Business Director in for a number of years with a role encompassing all the main facets of school business management. He has played a role in designing elements of the CSBM, been the National College’s North West SBM and worked with the College on a number of initiatives. He is the Director of Business for Kingfisher Learning Trust.