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Samantha Vickers

I have been working in the teaching profession for nearly 20 years and I am absolutely committed to developing schools as learning communities where every individual achieves personal excellence to ensure the school is high achieving overall. Effective schools build effective communities. Schools are key to ensuring young people, and their families, receive an outstanding education to make them successful, positive members of the community. Young people deserve the best start in life and a high quality education improves life chances and enables them to achieve their ambitions. 

I have been the Headteacher of Upper Batley High School for nearly 3 years and since April 2016 a trustee of Batley Multi Academy Trust. I am also a trustee of a charitable trust that works with the local community to raise aspirations and build a better future for our local area. During my time as Headteacher our school GCSE results have increased considerably in every area and within just 12 months our school moved from being an Ofsted Grade 4 to being Graded as Good in every area. We are now on our journey to outstanding. Our school numbers have increased significantly and we are the school of choice for high achieving boys.

Prior to taking up my headship post I have been a Deputy Headteacher in two very different schools and was a School Improvement Officer in Bradford where I worked across a range of primary, secondary and special schools. As well as developing leadership, and teaching and learning, part of my remit was to lead the LA subject provision for science, NQTs and ASTs. Results in science increased during my time there. For 4 years I was a National Strategy science consultant and led training at both a local and national level.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic CPD planning and delivery
  • Teaching and Learning (programmes and development)
  • Support and mentoring members of a leadership team
  • Leadership Development
  • Curriculum
  • Options and Pathways