Innovate SLEs

Name SLE Profile
Sally NewtonSally Newton

Having achieved a 2:1 in English at the University of Leicester in 2005, I then went onto complete my PGCE at Leicester’s School of Education in 2006. After completing my NQT year at Magdalen College School, I moved to Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes in 2007 and have remained ever since.

Working in such a new school meant that I had the opportunity to build and shape aspects of the English department and in 2010 I became the Subject Leader for Media Studies where I selected the GCSE, A-Level and BTEC courses we went on to offer and, working with my team, developed and adapted the curriculum over time. This role enhanced my knowledge of data tracking systems and the need for robust assessment to ensure that students were prepared for their external exams.

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Samantha WadesonSamantha Wadeson

I have a passion for phonics and the early development of reading and writing and have spent time implementing a robust phonics programme within my school. As part of this and my previous roles I have had experience of training, mentoring and observing staff on all different levels.

I have taught Letters and Sounds and The Read Write Inc phonics programmes across both Foundation and Key Stage One. I have previously worked with Key Stage 2 staff to implement interventions to support those children who need further phonics support and I have developed assessment systems which track children and lead to the fluid groupings of phonics within our school.

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Tara TrailTara Trail

Tara graduated from a small teacher training college in Southampton with a B.Ed. hons degree with French. She began her teaching career at Streetfield Middle School in Dunstable, where she was a class teacher with responsibility for teaching French across the school. She relocated to Exmouth when her first son, Sam, was a year old and taught at Whipton Barton Junior School in Exeter, where she continued to teach French but also discovered a passion for SEND and became the SENCO. After her second son, Joe, was born the family moved to Brittany, where Tara worked as an English language assistant in a French high school.

The family moved to Milton Keynes in 2005 and Tara has worked at Middleton ever since, teaching in various different year groups including EYFS and Year 6. Tara has led several subjects at Middleton including French, Geography and Global Education.

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Claire SadlerClaire Sadler

I have worked at Oakgrove since 2011 and been in the role of KS4 Coordinator for Science since 2015. Science GCSE results at Oakgrove have time and time again been among the best in the school; not only are the science teaching team here of excellent calibre, there is a strong programme of support for underachieving students.  I am always looking for ways to ensure that we maintain our excellent track record and indeed to improve it even further.

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Emma Barnett-VincentEmma Barnett-Vincent

I am on the Senior Leadership Team at a large secondary academy in Milton Keynes. I have been in teaching sixteen years, having worked previously in some challenging and diverse secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Luton. Also spending time working in a part Selective International School in Asia. My specialist subject is Art and Design with a keen interest in Photography and Graphic Design. With Thirteen years’ experience of middle management and running very successful departments, also six years’ experience here at Oakgrove, I have had the opportunity to observe the changing landscape within education and be part of a successful team in managing the transition from A-C GCSEs to 1-9 grading.

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Gemma BakerGemma Baker

Having achieved a First Class Physical Education (Secondary) BA (hons) with QTS at De Montfort University, I began my journey at Oakgrove School. Having remained here for 11 years, it’s clear to see that I love my job and have a passion for ensuring the provision of high quality Physical Education within schools.

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Iain Findley Iain Findley

For the past 22 years I have worked in schools in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes in a variety of leadership roles including Second in Department for ICT, Subject Leader for ICT, Deputy Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Assistant Headteacher. Currently I am a Lead Practitioner, Assistant Headteacher and Director of the Innovate Teaching School Partnership and a Specialist Leader for Education.

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Jane LearJane Lear

Jane has over 21 years’ experience working in school administration, finance and HR in both secondary and primary schools and was appointed as School Business Manager at Middleton Primary School in January 2013 and as HR Director for the Trust in November 2016. 

Her responsibilities are for the management of the HR function across the Trust, including amalgamation and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach across all member schools.  Jane also works closely with member schools in relation to specific HR issues that may arise.

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Rachel CookeRachel Cooke

Being the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Oakgrove School is a privilege as well as a huge responsibility. Being a DSL is not a stand-alone role. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and being the DSL requires collaboration, discretion and communication with all school colleagues and external agencies. In the four years of being the DSL I have built a team of deputy DSLs and trained DSLs in the pastoral team who all have their own individual expertise and experiences, and together we ensure the best outcomes for every individual child, family and staff.  We have developed robust strategies and systems to ensure appropriate early help and provide regular staff updates and training. It is important to keep up to date with government policy as well as the ever-changing dynamics, concerns and opportunities of the local communities that we serve. I am also the Lead DSL across Kingsbridge Educational Trust (KET). I have developed systems of sharing training resources, expertise, policy writing as well as conducting comprehensive annual safeguarding reviews of each school.

As an SLE I am passionate about ensuring safeguarding of children in all schools and as a consequence if you would like some assistance in any of the areas I have outlined above I would delighted to work with you in partnership to strengthen or develop the safeguarding systems at your school.