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Who’s Who

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Meet the Team

Daley Barber-Allen

Headteacher – GANF

For over 20 years, Daley has worked in the specialist education sector within schools and a further education college in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland and West Yorkshire. He has worked as a senior leader in specialist education since 2013 and has been the headteacher of two different schools since 2019; an all needs residential specialist school in Northumberland for children and young people aged 3-19 and a large, multi-site specialist academy for autistic children and young people aged 3-19 in Newcastle.
As a specialist school leader, Daley’s values are rooted in the belief that every child and young person can learn and achieve, whatever their abilities or circumstances may be. He is passionate about raising aspirations, changing perceptions and improving the future pathways of people with different abilities and is committed to creating the best possible education and school experience for the entire GANF community.

Rachael Bennett

Deputy Headteacher

For more than 25 years, Rachael has worked within the education sector in a variety of roles. Developing a holistic approach to education and supporting every child to achieve their potential has been central to Rachael’s ethos, and this is evident within all the teaching, leadership and local authority consultancy roles she has held throughout her career so far.
During her experience within the secondary sector both in the UK and abroad, Rachael has championed and implemented restorative approaches within education, social and emotional programmes as a restorative justice trainer, as well as developing and embedding mentoring approaches across different key stages.
Rachael has led on and supported the writing of national programmes to facilitate social and emotional development, including the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme and the National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance (NPSLBA).

Kate White

Deputy Headteacher & Well Being Lead

Kate started teaching at Sandon School in 1998 and continues to be passionate about providing a balanced and holistic education for all of our learners.

She enjoys teaching across all key stages across GANF.

Kate has lead Early Years provision and communication across both campuses for the last 3 years and is also responsible for PMLD provision at Sandon. She is currently leading curriculum with a focus on the ongoing development of a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum for all of our learners at Sandon.

Kate holds a BEd (hons) teaching qualification and a postgraduate certificate in Autism from Northampton University.

Lizzie Papworth

Assistant Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lizzie has worked within CIT for the past nine years.

Her time and experiences within the trust have developed her passion in supporting the overall development of pupils as individuals.

Lizzie believes in empowering and equipping pupils with the skills and strategies for their social and emotional development alongside their academic progress to reach their full potential.

Ollie Maltby

Assistant Headteacher

Ollie has worked at GANF since 2014. He studied Physical Education (BA Hons) at the University of Bedfordshire.
Ollie is a qualified Team Teach instructor and has supported in schools across the Trust to provide a holistic approach to managing behaviour. His working ethos is to promote physical activity in school due to the benefits on pupils’ mental health and well-being.
Ollie wants to develop a happy atmosphere in which all children are encouraged to cultivate pupils’ responsibility for managing their own behaviour in an appropriate manner to the various situations encountered.

Vicky Chapman

Assistant Headteacher

Vicky has worked at GANF since 2013. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, obtaining a (BA Hons) Primary Education with QTS Degree.

Vicky has taught both lower and upper school pupils at Ambergate, which has supported her with her role as Curriculum Lead, ensuring that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order to progress to the best of their abilities.

Vicky’s time and experience at GANF has allowed her to develop skills and expertise within Special Educational Needs. Her current role as Assistant Head at Ambergate will continue to enable Vicky to have an impact on the teaching, learning and assessment of pupils ensuring that the very best provision is being provided.

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