Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

The SLE role is designed to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning.

This new designation recognises the important role that senior and middle leaders play in improving schools and outcomes for children.

We have identified teachers that are outstanding members of staff in their field.

Below are the SLE’s based at The Crypt School.

 

Phil Stanlake

Phil is a very experienced teacher who has carried out a variety of roles throughout his career. He started as a PE teacher, then become Head of PE before moving onto becoming an AST.

This allowed Phil to work in several schools with the remit of teacher and department improvement. He then moved on to become a member of SLT with the main responsibility for the schools science and MFL specialisms.

As his role grew over the last seven years, Phil’s main responsibilities have been teaching and learning, performance management, teaching standards, closing the gap, GCSEs and line managing ITT, History, MFL, Music and Science. Phil’s experience in these areas has helped drive forward standards in the classroom and ultimately improve results.

For two years Phil carried out the primary role in leading the Crypt Teaching School Alliance. This has afforded him to work with other secondary schools as well as developing opportunities for cross phase work.

Phil now works as the deputy head at The Crypt School

Clare Medcroft

Clare joined The Crypt School after teaching in a mixed comprehensive school environment for 5 years and has been in post 14 years.

Keen to implement further progress to her department Clare observed, worked with and learnt from other heads of leading departments within her own school and made trips out to other schools. This gave Clare invaluable insight into effective leadership strategies.

Clare now offers support to other Heads of Departments and has worked with many other schools. Her department is a leading department within her school at GCSE, AS and A level.  Clare is constantly monitoring her own practise and that of her students (ensuring teaching and learning strategies are at the forefront of minds) so the success of students remains reliable.  Clare has experience in effective ways to improve student tracking, monitoring and progress at both Key stage 4 and 5 in Art Education.

As GITEP Subject Leader for Art & Design, Clare works with PGCE/QTS trainees. Visiting a number schools in this role has given her an insight into successful strategies seen in other schools.

Charlotte Sturge

During Charlotte’s time at the Crypt she has been a KS3 Science Co-ordinator, Head of Biology, Head of Science, Director of Teaching School and is now Director of Studies.

She has used tracking systems in all three areas to enhance pupil performance, and through this she has seen an increase in exam results. She has lead whole school inset in this area.

She has also worked closely with the Prince’s trust, developing a bridging the gap project , and has also organised a Summer School at Crypt which has proved to be very popular. This has been developed to help pupils make the transition between GCSE and A -Level.

Charlotte has developed a new assessment system throughout the school in light of the changes to the GCSE grading system. As a member of the teaching and learning group for many years, and the lead for teaching and Learning across the school, she is constantly reviewing her practice.

Charlotte has been both a coach and mentor to other colleagues within the school for many years.

Holly Okell

Holly has been at the Crypt since 2012 and in that time, has taught Accounting and Business whilst supporting the PE department. Previous responsibilities include Head of Year 10 and for the last two years, Head of Key Stage Four.

As well as being a member of the co-education committee, Holly has developed employability skills in Key Stage Four and created the Employability Passport for students to develop interview skills and CV writing techniques. All of which, encourage students to enhance their ‘personal brand.’

In her first year at the Crypt, Holly implemented the Learning Triad CPD programme and more recently, been elected as Lead Teacher for Oracy. She is currently undertaking a project, as part of her MBA, on how Oracy can be used to support Literacy across the curriculum.

As Head of Year 11, Holly closely tracks and monitors all students in line with the new GCSE grading system. The support that is offered in Year 11 means that students get an individualised support programme and this is reflected in the improvement in GCSE results over the past two years at the Crypt. 

Catherine Brooks

Having previously worked in a variety of comprehensive schools in Hampshire, Guernsey and Berlin, Catherine joined The Crypt School nearly ten years ago as a teacher of Geography.  She has since then taken on leadership roles as initially Head of Geography and, more recently, as Head of Humanities.

With a strong focus on rigorous curriculum planning and explicit teaching of examination skills, Catherine has overseen a substantial increase in student numbers for Geography at both GCSE and A Level.  Consequently, strong examination results have been achieved in Geography for a number of years including following the introduction of the reformed specifications.

Catherine has been an active member of the Teaching and Learning Group since arriving at The Crypt School.  Her particular area of interest is on the provision of outstanding teaching and learning; an area on which she has lead a number of internal INSET sessions. 

In the past year, Catherine has been appointed as the Lead Teacher for Metacognition and is currently overseeing the introduction of metacognitive strategies in a number of curriculum areas including Humanities.  Through a combination of INSET sessions, sample lessons and informal support, Crypt staff are becoming more confident in the use and application of these ideas.  Catherine is also researching the impact of selected strategies with a number of her own Geography classes.

Cleo Letts

I began my career after leaving University as an environmental research scientist working on the preservation of fragile ecosystems. I began teaching as a step in for a friend and haven’t looked back for 32 years!

I have taught science across many sectors from primary middle schools, secondary schools and colleges. I have also been training teachers as a Science Lead Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner for over twenty years and held posts within the education departments of Bristol and Bath Universities as a lecturer on their PGCSE courses.

I trained as a coach twelve years ago and have been coaching and mentoring teachers within organisations for eleven years. I continue to have an active role in staff development as part of the Crypt’s Teaching Schools commitment and have been writing and delivering whole staff  training in areas of classroom management, assessment for learning and teaching strategies for accelerated learning for the last ten years. 


During Charlotte’s time at the Crypt she has been a KS3 Science Co-ordinator, Head of Biology, Head of Science, Director of Teaching School and is now Director of Studies.

She has used tracking systems in all three areas to enhance pupil performance, and through this she has seen an increase in exam results. She has lead whole school inset in this area.

She has also worked closely with the Prince’s trust, developing a bridging the gap project , and has also organised a Summer School at Crypt which has proved to be very popular. This has been developed to help pupils make the transition between GCSE and A -Level.

Charlotte has developed a new assessment system throughout the school in light of the changes to the GCSE grading system. As a member of the teaching and learning group for many years, and the lead for teaching and Learning across the school, she is constantly reviewing her practice.

Charlotte has been both a coach and mentor to other colleagues within the school for many years.                                                 

 

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