Gary is Assistant Headteacher at Millom School. His main responsibilities are Child protection, Behaviour and safety, Literacy across the curriculum and running Millom Sixth Form. He is also an English teacher with specific interest and expertise in creative writing. A teacher for 23 years, he has worked in four schools ranging from North and West Yorkshire to Cumbria. He moved to Cumbria in 2008 to enjoy the scenery and lifestyle with his wife and two young daughters. Gary is committed to the principle of inclusion for all students and has a high regard for the work that the PRU do. He is looking forward to working with the staff of Newbridge House as a member of the Management Committee
Mrs Sue Jackson
Chair of Management Committee
Mr David Batten
Mr Stephen Wilkinson
Stephen Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The Queen Katherine School Multi Academy Trust in Kendal. He has been a member of the Management Committee for 15 years formally representing the South Lakes Federation of Schools. He was also a member of the Kendal Collaborative Partnership a Limited Company set up by two secondary schools in Kendal and 13 feeder primary schools. Stephen has a particular interest in inclusion. Sandgate School is co-located on the campus of The Queen Katherine School which also has a reputation for its multi-agency support. Stephen is also involved in the development of System Leadership and is a member of the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL) and our more local South Local Alliance of System Leaders (LASL). He is currently Chair of the Emotional Resilience and Mental Health Partnership for Cumbria.
Mrs Miriam Bailey
Mrs Janet Willis
Janet is the County Councillor for Low Furness, South Lakeland District Councillor for Mid Furness and currently Deputy Leader of South Lakeland District Council. She is also the joint owner of Greenodd Village Stores. Prior to moving to Cumbria, from the North East 11 years ago, Janet's career was in banking. Latterly she was a Manager in the Savings Department at the Head Office of Northern Rock Plc in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Mr Rob Wadington
Rob is employed as an Assistant Headteacher at Dowdales School. His main responsibilities are student progress, student leadership, alternative curriculum and children looked after. He is also a science teacher and very occasional PE teacher. Rob originally began his teaching career in Northamptonshire and after 4 years teaching in the East Midlands moved to this area in 2002. Rob has a lot of experience working within pastoral care and has gained first hand experience of the support the PRU offers to young people. He is keen to be a part of the PRU’s further development.
Miss Leeann Evans
Miss Evans has worked at the PRU in a range of administration positions since 1998. Since 2006 she has been the PRU’s School Business Manager and has responsibility for Health and Safety, and Facilities and Finance, whilst also managing the very efficient Business Support team.
Mrs Lisa Balderstone
Mrs Balderstone started her headship with the PRU in September 2013. Previously Mrs Balderstone worked in a Barrow secondary school for 13 years before becoming Head of the West Cumbria PRU in 2009. Mrs Balderstone has been a member of the Management Committee since September 2013.
Mr Kieran Staunton
Staff representative (staffing and Finance)
Mr Staunton has worked at the PRU since Jan 2010 and is the teacher of ICT and our newly appointed Assistant Head. As Assistant Head Mr Staunton has responsibility for progress and tracking across the service. Mr Staunton has been a member of the Management Committee since December 2013.
Mrs Caroline Faulkner
Mrs Faulkner has worked for the Hospital and Home Tuition Service since Jan 2007. Her main role is to support pupils to develop their confidence and self-esteem. She has past experience of working within a mainstream setting supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and has a specific interest in Dyslexia, ASC and Emotional Wellbeing. Mrs Faulkner has been a member of the Management Committee since September 2011.
Steven has been involved as a parent with Newbridge House since February 2017. Steven has lived locally all his life and has taken an active interest in education since his own child started school in 2010. Steven is the former Chair of the PTA at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Dalton and had an active role in fundraising for various projects within that setting.
Steven enjoys hill walking, growing fruit and vegetables in his large allotment and holidaying in the Scottish Highlands.
"I am highly impressed with the work the PRU does and the difference it has made to my child since starting here. I look forward to working with Newbridge House as a member of the Management Committee".
Mr Bonnett began working at the PRU in January 2018. He is passionate about helping young people overcome their barriers to learning. Mr Bonnett has experience supporting young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Social Emotional Health and Behavioural difficulties and has previously worked in local secondary and private residential schools as a music teacher, learning support assistant and a HLTA.