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James Haywood
Assistant Headteacher

James is an experienced practitioner and Assistant Head Teacher at Sandhill Primary Academy. He has experience of teaching throughout the primary phase; however, specialises in UKS2. His SLE is in teaching and learning, most notably helping leaders of mathematics and science in implementing and sustaining change within the curriculum. James has worked closely with Advanced Skills teachers from secondary education to close the ‘gap’ between the skills provided at KS2 and the expectations of KS3. He has a strong understanding of the changes to the primary curriculum in assessing and reporting progress & attainment at both KS1 and KS2 levels. Previously, James was the lead practitioner for PE for a cluster of schools within Barnsley, setting up tournaments / festivals within the trust to promote healthy competition.

Chloe Redfearn
Year 6 Teacher

Chloe is an experienced and outstanding practitioner who has worked across KS2 at Hoyland Common Primary School who is now the Assistant Head.  Her previous experience has been mainly focused on delivering staff CPD across school and in particular the development and mentoring of NQTs. In addition to this, she has also supported teaching and learning in other schools across the Barnsley area as an outstanding practitioner and SLE. At Hoyland Common Primary School, Chloe holds the role of TLR for curriculum innovation and the development of teaching and learning. Chloe facilitates sessions on the Tykes TSA NQT & RQT programmes and designed and delivers our Subject Leadership programme.

Rachel Ward – Head of School
Head of School

Rachel Ward is the Head of School at Parkside Primary Academy and also part of the Future Leaders network. She has been an SLE since January 2012 and has worked with a range of different schools and staff including primary, secondary and special schools. As an SLE, she has worked with senior leadership teams undertaking school improvement, building capacity within these schools so they can become self-sustaining and continue to improve. Her work as an SLE in primary and secondary schools includes leading teaching and learning, designing and facilitating bespoke professional development programmes and working with both teachers and associate staff to move teaching from RI to consistently good or good to outstanding. She is also a GCSE history examiner, working for AQA for the past 10 years.
Areas of Expertise:
• School improvement
• Continuous Professional Development
• Learning and teaching
• Coaching for leadership
• History KS1-KS4

Jenni Wyrill
Director of Teaching and Learning

Jenni is an experienced KS2 practitioner and Director of Teaching and Learning where she continues to implement change in order to rapidly raise standards and improve progress across PACT.  She has supported schools across Barnsley for many years as an AST and literacy consultant and adores developing creative curriculums.  Jenni works closely with support staff and supports collaborations in the training, policy writing and planning for effective support staff practice.  She also enjoys areas of research alongside working towards her Master of Education.


Jo Upton
Deputy Head Teacher

Jo is an experienced practitioner and Deputy Head Teacher at Gooseacre Primary Academy. She has experience of teaching throughout the full primary phase, in particular demonstrating outstanding practise in Years 2 and 6. She has supported schools with the teaching and development of the maths curriculum and supporting newly qualified teachers. Jo is particularly interested in cooperative learning, and strategies to maximise pupil engagement and participation.

Filippa England
Core Strategy & Inclusion Lead

Filippa is an outstanding practitioner who is currently Learning and Achievement Leader across the Every Child Matters Academy Trust. 

Her specialities are in teaching and learning, engaging disadvantaged pupils, and using assessment techniques and data to track pupils and plan for progression. With a wealth of experience teaching in KS2, Filippa is particularly interested in encouraging children to become active learners and has implemented changes which help children become more reflective and take ownership of their learning. Filippa is part of Tykes TSA’s Initial Teacher Training operational group supporting the recruitment and quality assurance of our Schools Direct Trainees. She is also a facilitator on the Education Development Trust’s Early Careers Framework.


Catherine Gallagher

Catherine is ICT lead and SENCO at High View Primary Learning Centre. She has been teaching for several years and has experience of working in both KS1 & KS2. Her specialism is the teaching of ICT but she also excels at behaviour management techniques in the classroom. Catherine has worked with companies delivering training on the use of iPads as an aid to teaching and learning and also has an excellent subject knowledge of the new computing curriculum.

Theresa Smith
Head Teacher

Theresa is an outstanding and driven practitioner, who is Head Teacher at High View Primary Learning Centre. Her specialisms are literacy and SEN. Fully updated of the current SEN changes, Theresa is strategically managing the transitional period across schools. With an enthusiasm for literacy, Theresa has implemented changes through schools that have raised standards and improved progress. Theresa designed and delivers Tykes TSA’s Subject Leader programme.


Rachel Parker
Acting Deputy Head Teacher

Rachel is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Hoyland Springwood Primary School. Her area of SLE specialism is curriculum development and teaching and learning. She has held a range of curriculum leader roles and also has in depth experience in teaching KS2, in particular demonstrating outstanding practice in Year 6.


Rebecca Paddock
Head teacher

Rebecca is an outstanding teacher with experience of working across foundation stage, KS1 and KS2. She has supported schools, developing systems to support attainment and progress. Rebecca has experience of developing EYFS environments to ensure that they are purposeful and meet the needs of pupils. She is now Head Teacher at Worsbrough Common Primary school, where she is leading a large team of staff to develop a consistent approach to teaching and learning and whole school improvement.