Our Leadership Team

Executive Principal: Lisa Ashcroft-Day

Lisa completed her teaching qualification at Loughborough University in 2002 and became an Advanced Skills Teacher within her first 2 years of teaching. She moved from subject leadership to become Head of KS4 in a large secondary school where she was responsible for pastoral care as well as pupil outcomes. Being passionate about supporting pupils to overcome barriers to learning, Lisa completed her National SENDCo Award through Northampton University. Having gained her SENDCo qualification she was promoted to a senior leadership role to develop inclusive practice across the school. Lisa made the move from mainstream to work in AP as Executive Vice Principal in 2016 and has gained valuable experience of working with vulnerable children and young people with SEMH needs. She led the opening of two new AP Free Schools in Lincoln and Mablethorpe and has worked closely with Lincolnshire Local Authority to deliver the AP strand of the Lincolnshire Ladder of Behaviour Intervention.



Executive Vice Principal: Sarah Jorgensen


Sarah began teaching in 2003 as a Science Teacher following her BSc Biology and PGCE at Hull University. She spent the next 14 years in mainstream secondary schools where she enjoyed developing Teaching and Learning in the school as Head of Science and Teacher Training Coordinator. Following her NASENCo qualification Sarah then joined the senior team as SENDCo, Specialist Assessor and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. She moved to Alternative Provision in 2017 and since then has enjoyed the role of SENDCo and Head of School prior to becoming Executive Vice Principal. In her time at Springwell Sarah has completed qualifications in Nurture and in Theraplay. She is passionate about improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and has recently completed a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs where she considered how Theraplay can support children with SEMH needs.

Sarah loves working in Alternative Provision because the nature of the setting allows staff to really know and understand each individual child enabling them to be better supported and ultimately thrive.


Head of School: Natalie Myers



Natalie left a career in Finance in 2006 to complete a PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. She has 13 years’ experience of working in a large mainstream Secondary School. Her experience at Senior Leadership Level covers Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, Curriculum and improving pupil outcomes. She is an advocate of lifelong learning and completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning at the University of Sheffield.

Natalie is part of the Difference Leaders Programme, a network of 26 Senior Leaders across the country who are keen to create specialist expertise in inclusive school leadership.

Natalie is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for students, through high quality learning experiences and ensuring that they gain the qualifications needed to make positive future choices.


Assistant Principal/SENDCo: Miriam Reynolds



After completing her PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste University, Miriam began her teaching career in 2001 at a large 4 form entry Junior school in Grantham where she taught across all year groups. After 6 successful years which saw her lead Maths and ICT, she took up an Assistant Headship in a small village school in 2007. Two years later, she took a break from teaching to follow her passion for ICT, working with an LA approved IT provider as an Educational Consultant supporting schools with curriculum development. Returning to teaching, Miriam taught at an MLD school in Lincolnshire for 3 years before returning to mainstream education in North Lincolnshire. Stifled by the constraints, Miriam returned to take up a post at the Lincolnshire Teaching and Learning Centre in 2016 where she has worked in KS3, developing a Secondary nurture provision and progressing to Key Stage 3 Lead. Miriam is trained in the Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups and has recently returned to Bishop Grosseteste to complete her NASENCo qualification in 2019.

 Miriam loves working in AP as she loves the time that can be dedicated to building trusting relationships which in turn allows students to enjoy coming to school and learning again.


Assistant Principal / Secondary Lead: Andrew Armstrong

Andrew started working in schools in 2003 as a laboratory technician and assisting in Science lessons until 2005 when he qualified as a Secondary Science Teacher with a PGCE from Bishop Grosseteste University.

Andrew then spent the next 13 years working in a variety of leadership positions across several Lincolnshire state and selective schools where he has further developed his skills in Teaching and Learning, curriculum development, training PGCE students, delivering high quality CPD, and developing staff teams.  Andrew also ran the Lincoln Physics Hub for the Ogden Trust (2013-2016) and worked alongside the Institute of Physics by leading several Extreme Physics residential courses for talented students from across the country.

In 2018 Andrew made the switch to Alternate Provision and became the Director of Learning, Attainment and Progress in a Lincolnshire SEMH school before joining us at Springwell in 2021.  He loves the daily challenge of AP, the deeper relationships formed with students and the reward of their success in the face of adversity.  Andrew’s main ambition continues to be raising the aspirations of disadvantaged children through Science and Mathematics.


Pastoral Lead: Jayne Battersby

Behaviour for Learning Lead: Bridget Rodgers

Primary Lead: Cara Ambler

Secondary Lead: Andrew Armstrong

Senior Administrator: Joe Jeffries