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. In 2006 she became Head of KS4 in a large secondary school and successfully led a team of tutors to secure outstanding results for the Y11 cohort. Lisa is passionate about supporting pupils to overcome barriers to learning and therefore decided to complete her National SENDCo Award through Northampton University. Having gained her SENDCo qualification she took on a senior leadership role to develop inclusive practice across the school. This was recognised by OFSTED who commented on the ‘highly effective leadership for pupils with special educational needs and the impact this had on pupils outstanding progress.’ Lisa also has extensive experience as a Designated Safeguarding Lead.


Executive Vice Principal: Steve Cumberworth

Stephen graduated with a PGCE in Science in 1994 from the University of Bath. Having taught in schools in Dorset, Essex and Lincolnshire Stephen became a Head of Science in a Lincolnshire school in 1998. After being appointed to a Local Authority School Improvement Team as Science adviser he became an Ofsted inspector, and worked with the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, Teacher Training Agency and National Science Strategy. Stephen gained his NPQH, has been a school leader in 6 educational establishments and proudly joined Springwell Alternative Academies in September 2019. Stephen believes unreservedly in promoting high standards and facilitating achievement and ambition for all young people that he feels privileged to work alongside.

Stephen loves working in AP as he enjoys seeing pupils who found mainstream education difficult to manage flourish and enjoy success day in day out.


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: Matt Barnes


Matt has worked for the Pupil Referral Service for 6 years across 2 counties. Before beginning his teaching career he spent time as a snowboard instructor in Canada and as a cameraman in Manchester. It was his time spent as a snowboard instructor that sparked his passion for teaching.

Since embarking on his path for teaching he has never looked back and has worked in many different capacities both in and out of the classroom. He has been in an education management role for the past 3 years both in Peterborough and Lincoln where he now lives.


Deputy Head of School/SENDCo: Sue Pimlott

Sue wants to make a difference to children and young people that easily get given up on. Her hope is, despite the ACEs children may have encountered, they should feel proud, loved, and know that people believe in them.

Sue completed a B. Ed at Reading University and has taught in a range of primary schools from Slough and inner city contexts, to rural Lincolnshire and the former coal mining areas of Nottinghamshire. She has led music and ICT in these settings, and developed a creative curriculum. She completed the NPQH qualification and has been Deputy Head and Head of School in mainstream settings. In 2013 she gained the SENDCo award and this fuelled her passion about nurture, development of the whole child, and children reaching/exceeding their potential. Her Solutions-focused and Nurture training, together with a diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practice help her support children to grow – academically, in confidence, in sporting, musical or artistic skills, or socially and emotionally. She wants what she has learnt to come to life, enabling students to have the future they deserve.

Pastoral Lead (North): Jayne Battersby

Care Team Lead (North): Bridget Rodgers

Primary Lead: Cara Ambler

Secondary Leads: Miriam Reynolds (KS3) and Tracey Butler (KS4)

Senior Administrator: Joe Jeffries