Senior Leadership Team
Mr Mohammad Mustafa - Headteacher
Alexander McLeod Primary School is a values based school that aims to develop learners and leaders of the future. We are located in the heart of a culturally rich community and celebrate the different backgrounds that are represented within our school. As the Headteacher of Alexander McLeod, it is my aim to ensure the school continues striving for excellence and being at the forefront of innovative and inspiring learning. Our aim is to ensure that our children are confident, independent learners who uphold the British values we promote in our school.
Mrs Sharon Farish - Inclusion Consultant
My role within Alexander McLeod is to oversee the various aspects of Inclusion within the school. This includes the school's SEND provision, Behaviour, Looked After Children, provision for pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and EAL. I work closely with the other members of the Inclusion Team within school as well as outside agencies such as Waterside and CAHMS to ensure that we are doing the best we can to support our children.
As part of my role I am also responsible for the school's nurture provision, Space to Grow. This includes the selection process, monitoring of impact and ensuring that the planning meets the academic needs as well as the social and emotional needs of the children.
I am also the Mental Health First Aider for the school and with the increasing concerns nationally about the emotional and mental health of children and adults it is something I am very passionate about.
As a member of the SLT I play an active part in the day-to-day running of the school but also line manage the school's Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
I am also one of the school's Safeguarding Team should you have any concerns about the welfare of a child.
Ms Lorraine Lucken - Deputy Headteacher
I joined Alexander McLeod Primary School in 2000 as a support teacher and have since lead on the development of the Early Years as well as Art, Phonics and EAL provision across the school.
Since being appointed Assistant Headteacher in 2014, I have been responsible for the Reading by 6 agenda and overseen KS1 and Early Years. I have coordinated the development of the Parent College which continues to give our community the opportunity to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in order to support their children more effectively.
From September 2018, I shall lead Early Years and have responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school. I shall continue to oversee the development of the Parent College in partnership with our Family Engagement Officer. I shall also continue to oversee and develop Phonics and early reading skills in lower years and with our EAL learners. I will continue to support and mentor work experience students from local colleges and parent volunteers.
I continue to be a member of the Safeguarding team.
Mrs Olyvia Shaw - Assistant Headteacher
My name is Olyvia Shaw and I am the Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Pastoral Care. This covers a broad range of responsibilities including safeguarding, looked after children and combating underachievement through initiatives such as Achievement for All. I also support the Inclusion Team.
Mrs Christine Bearfoot - SENCo
As Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, I am responsible for coordinating support for children across the school with additional needs. This includes working closely with many outside agencies such as the Speech and Language, Educational Psychology, Community Paediatrics, Occupational Therapy and CAMHS. I have been a SENCo for seven years and gained the National Award for SEN Coordination in 2014. I have also recently qualified as a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor. The school officially became a Dyslexia Friendly school in 2017. I am part of a strong Inclusion team here at Alexander McLeod, dedicated to removing pupils' barriers to learning and emotional well-being in partnership with teachers, parents and the pupils themselves.
Mrs Jennifer Bailey - Assistant Headteacher
I am responsible for developing community cohesion both in and outside of the school. This means that I am focused on creating opportunities wherever possible for children to access educational experiences through partnership teaching projects in the wider curriculum beyond the school that will improve their outcomes and well-being. I am focused on tackling barriers to learning, health and the happiness of every child and encourage and support cross phase working and transition. As part of my role I explore the strengths, capabilities and objectives of other schools, services and agencies and how partnerships with them can strengthen our school. This includes universities in order to create further continuous professional development opportunities for staff and the opportunity to share good practice with those who are currently training.