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 in our partnership 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

Rachel Bolton

Rachel has formerly been a Head of MFL for over twenty years in two comprehensives and one grammar school in Gloucestershire.

Before leaving full-time teaching, she was Training Manager and Induction tutor at Crypt, a role she developed over the past seven years whilst still teaching French at all three key stages. She has had significant impact in preparing new staff for the challenges they face when starting their teaching career.

Formerly Rachel has been involved with county training for primary MFL as well as teaching it herself in four schools in the Stroud area.

Rachel now works part-time for The Crypt Teaching School where she supports many primary schools with their MFL curriculum.

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 key Stage 3 Science Co-ordinator, Head of Biology, Head of Science and is now Director of Studies and the Director of the Teaching School.

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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