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.
Ms Lorraine Lucken - Deputy Headteacher
I was appointed Deputy Head in January 2019 having previously been an assistant head and Early Years Leader at Alexander McLeod.
One of my many roles is to work with the head-teacher and leadership team in the development of engaging, challenging learning opportunities for our children within a rich and varied curriculum.
As a Designated Safeguarding Officer, I work closely with our Family Engagement Officer in maintaining and developing family links and establishing supportive relationships with parents and carers.
I have a strong commitment to improving the life chances of all pupils at our school. I truly believe that education can transform lives and that our core role as a school, is to show children that they have the power within themselves to learn and achieve through hard work, resilience and self-belief.
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.
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. 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.
Mrs Brittany Lewis - Assistant Headteacher
I am very proud to teach here at Alexander McLeod. I believe that all our children should have access to high quality learning experiences and be supported to understand the world they live in. As the Assistant Head Teacher for curriculum, it is my responsibility to work with senior leaders and subject leaders to ensure that our school curriculum is engaging and relevant for our children, equipping them for success in the changing world they live in.