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Our Central Education Team

Specific professional development programmes and projects are designed and offered to meet the needs of schools where evaluation of KPIs, analysis of performance indicators, feedback from heads and national priorities identify trends across the schools that require whole Trust strategies to support improvement.

These are led by the Central Education Team, expertise from within the Trust system or externally led support.

Carolyn has been a teacher for 20 years, possessing a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Geology, a DPhil within the field of Geology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo). 


She has worked for the Trust for 6 years and is the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion at Ryedale School and teaches Geography.  Carolyn is also the DSL and Designated teacher within  Ryedale. She has been the Trust SENDCo for 6 years and last year became the Trust Lead for Safeguarding and Inclusion.    


In her current role, Carolyn leads on SEND and Safeguarding strategies for the Trust and oversees these areas within the Trust schools.   She has been a SENDCo for 10 years and has experience of working with young people with SEND from nursery to Post 16.  She has also previously sat on the EHCP assessment panel of NYCC. She has been a DDSL for 4 years and a DSL for 2 years and has significant experience of multi-agency working across SEND and Safeguarding.


Carolyn believes that all learners can, with the right support, have a successful, fulfilling and enjoyable educational experience and develop the skills and confidence to succeed in future life.   


Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” (Albert Einstein) 

Kerry has worked in Early Years for 19 years, and is in her 14th year as Pre-school Manager at Sinnington Pre-school. She is also the Early Years Lead for the Ryedale Learning Trust.


Kerry worked as a childminder and then as an Early Years practitioner in a Pre-school in Pickering before joining Sinnington Pre-school. She joined as a member of the committee, before becoming the Manager. During this time, she has also been an Early Years Lead Practitioner for NYCC.


She is passionate about supporting young children to learn through play and helping each child progress in their learning journey.  She has a keen interest in different perspectives and theories of play and in evidenced based research and practice.


Educational Ethos: Kerry is committed to ensuring every child’s wellbeing, care and education is central within a high-quality early years environment. It is also important to her that parents are recognised as their child’s first educator and that they are included in their child’s learning journey.


Favourite Quote: “Children learn as they play.  Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”  O Fred Donaldson

Claire has worked in education for 22 years following her graduation from Manchester Metropolitan University with BA (Hons) in Primary Education.


Claire has held a number of positions since starting as a newly qualified class teacher in Central London. Progressing her career in Essex as a class teacher, a senior teacher and then becoming Deputy Head Teacher.


She then made the exciting move to North Yorkshire and joined the Ryedale Learning Trust as Head of School for Helmsley Community Primary School, before progressing to her present role as Executive Head Teacher of the three Trust Primary Schools.


Passionate about continuing to develop her professional growth Claire is a qualified and experienced SENCO and has recently successfully completed her NPQH.


Claire is an accomplished curriculum leader in subjects including maths, PSHCE, computing, and art. Given her international gymnastics background in both competing and coaching, she is also able to make a significant contribution in physical education!


Claire is now entering her 6 th year with the Ryedale Learning Trust. Having progressed to be part of the Trust Central Education Team, she continues to embrace the challenge to drive overall school improvement and the creation of a thriving learning environment for every pupil.


Favourite quote: “Be the change that you want to see.” Mahatma Ghandi

Robert has been a teacher for 13 years. He previously taught in a large comprehensive and a selective grammar before moving to Ryedale School. Robert has an MA in Theology from the University of Oxford, and a PGCE and Masters in Education Research from the University of Cambridge. Robert is a Specialist Leader in Education for Assessment, and is currently completing the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  


Robert is the Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum and Assessment at Ryedale School. In this role he oversees the academic provision of the school. He is also the Raising Achievement Lead within the Central Education Team, working with the Trust School Improvement Lead and Headteachers to ensure all students in the Trust receive an outstanding education.  


Robert boxed for Cambridge, was president of his college boat club, and is a keen supporter of Burnley Football Club. 


Favourite quotation: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle.