Selene Sawyer -Chief Executive Officer, Accounting Officer and Trustee
Selene is CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust and Executive Headteacher of the Lionwood Schools' Federation. Lionwood Infant and Nursery School was rated ‘outstanding’ across the board in March 2016 and the Junior School was rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management and behaviour welfare and safety in October 2016.
As part of her CPD Selene has completed her OFSTED inspection training and is also a National Leader of Education. Lionwood Infant and Nursery School is now a designated Teaching School and National Support School.
Caroline has over twenty-five years’ broad experience working in a variety of roles within the financial sector. After leaving school, she worked for the Co-operative Bank before joining Aviva Commercial Property Finance as Business Manager with responsibility for the analysis and agreement of lending in the PFI and Primary Care Sector. She later joined the Senior Management Team where she remained for five years in the role of People and Organisation Manager and led the delivery of organisational change, leadership development, talent management and business coaching. Caroline is a qualified Coach-Mentor.
In 2010, Caroline moved to work for Aviva HR as an MI Partner supporting organisational change across the UK. She remained in HR for two years before making the decision to change career to work in the education sector.
Caroline joined Lionwood Schools’ Federation, firstly as a Teaching Assistant at Lionwood Junior School and then as School Secretary at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School. Caroline now works as PA to Selene Sawyer (CEO of Inclusive Schools). She is also Clerk to the Trustees, Teaching School Administrator and the Trust Data Protection Officer.
Louise has over twenty years of financial and administrative experience. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she progressed from a business administration apprentice to a senior auditor within the Public Services Audit department. Along with various administration qualifications, Louise completed AAT during her time here. She then moved to the Fiduciary Accounts department of Marsh into the role of Senior Accounts Technician where her main role was the reconciliation of inter-company balances for Marsh offices throughout the World.
After a short break to start a family, Louise returned to work taking the role of Finance Officer at Lionwood Junior School. On formation of Inclusive Schools Trust Louise gained promotion to her current role of Business Manager incorporating Company Secretary. This role enables her to use both her accounting background and six years of school finance experience to support the financial operation across the Trust and build capacity within the finance team. Louise has recently completed Level 3 Accounting for Finance in Education qualification and is currently working towards Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.
Maria Cornish - Profile
Maria is an experienced leader who has taught in a range of Norfolk schools, most with high percentages of children presenting with challenging behaviour and low starting points. Maria has taught in all year groups from Nursery to Y ear Six and came to Lionwood as a Deputy Head at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School in 2010. Since then she has been Head of School at the Infant School and now oversees the Teaching, learning and Inclusion across both Lionwood Schools, as well as carrying out School 2 School Support in schools across Norfolk. She has a commitment to inclusion and has worked to support schools in ensuring that their practice is as inclusive as possible while making sure that standards do not fall.
She has been a national SAPERE trainer in Philosophy for Children and has trained teachers across the country in a wide range of schools through her consultancy "Childrenthinking" with her colleague Sara Stanley.
She is able to offer support to Headteachers and leaders in:
Inclusion, Positive Behaviour Management, Developing Middle Leadership, Effectively Managing Personnel including Difficult Conversations, Assessment for Learning and Systems for Student, NQT and New Teacher Development.
Simon has twenty years’ experience in the education sector, working as a class teacher and as Local Authority Mathematics Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and Achievement Adviser. As an Achievement Adviser, Simon was charged with supporting and training head teachers and leaders in all aspects of achievement, and in his role as the Achievement Lead for the highly successful school improvement strategy ‘Better to Best’, Simon was quick to develop an excellent reputation among Norfolk’s Headteachers.
In 2018, Simon joined the Inclusive Schools Trust as our Director of Achievement. As well as leading on Achievement across our 6 schools within the trust, Simon continues to act as the achievement lead for Norfolk’s largest school improvement provider ‘Viscount Nelson Education Network’ and also for another Academy Trust in Norfolk
Simon offers the following support to our schools within the Trust:
Sharon Forder - Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust
Eileen Hansell - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust