Local Leaders in Education (LLEs)


Local Leaders in Education (LLEs)

Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution to supporting schools. 

LLEs provide a range of school-to-school support, coaching and mentoring for head teachers.

The Crypt Teaching School Alliance has two designated LLEs.  If you require LLE support, please contact Mrs Paulina Kirkpatrick (pkirkpatrick@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk), and/or the Teaching School Administrator Mrs Sharon Bailey (sbailey@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk).

Alternatively, you can find an LLE by using the support directory by clicking on the Department for Education Link http://apps.nationalcollege.org.uk/s2ssd_new/index.cfm


The Crypt Teaching School Alliance LLEs:


Nicholas Dyer (Headmaster, The Crypt School) was educated in Bristol and at Nottingham University, where he studied History.  He completed his Masters in 1998 and his NPQH in 2003. He joined The Crypt School in 2009 as Deputy Headmaster, moving from a boys’ selective school in Wiltshire, where he had been Director of VI Form Studies.  In April 2015, Nicholas became the 48th Headmaster of The Crypt School, and articulated a new vision for the School, which was for it to become a leading co-educational selective school and, to work collaboratively with other local schools, to raise educational outcomes in the city.


Paulina Kirkpatrick (Assistant Headteacher, Director of Learning and Pedagogy & The Crypt Teaching School Alliance Director) was Educated in Extremadura (Spain), Central Lancashire and Gloucestershire Universities.  She completed a degree in Economics and Management Sciences in Spain and in the UK, thanks to the award of an Erasmus Grant by the European Union. Paulina completed her Master’s in Education, specialising in Educating the More Able, in 2013. She is currently finalizing her Headship course with NPQH by Ambitious School Leadership, London. Paulina has held leading roles in VI Form at The Crypt School and has successfully led the school’s transition into co-education.  Paulina currently leads our Teaching School Alliance, supporting several primary and secondary schools in the city.  She also leads pedagogy at The Crypt School and, recently, at Gloucester Academy. 






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