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Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Responsibilities 

  • Mr Damian Davey - Head of Primary Academy
  • Mrs Sharron Close - Acting Headteacher
  • Mrs Natalie Smyth - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs Nicola Woolerton – Acting Deputy Headteacher 
  • Mr Craig Prestidge – Curriculum and SMSC, SENCo and Pastoral Lead

role of the Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team support the Acting Headteacher’s initiatives, helping to turn them into practical action and sharing his vision.  They ensure that robust systems are put into place and regularly monitor their effectiveness and impact on the teaching and learning within the academy.

They meet on a regular basis to feed into the development of the academy and to reflect and evaluate on the effectiveness of the academy’s systems ensuring the academy evolves.

Throughout their work the Senior Leadership look to draw upon the expertise of all members of staff within the wider team of the academy.

Damian Davey -head of Primary Academy 

Damian is the Head of the Primary academy.  He joins us from St Mary’s in Boston where he has spent four successful years leading significant change in a school where the majority of pupils have English as an additional language.  Before teaching he spent 14 Years in the Royal Air Force, serving for six of those in Germany. 

He is passionate about the arts and sport and believes in giving all children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise. He believes children should know that there are limitless possibilities, that every day counts and every opportunity matters.

Favourite song: One by U2

Favourite film: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Favourite place: Central Park, New York (calmness amongst the mayhem) 

Favourite book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Favourite biscuit: Dark chocolate digestive (of course)

Natalie Smyth - Assistant Headteacher

I am the Acting Deputy Headteacher of The West Grantham Academy St John’s, having worked for the Trust since 2004.  After qualifying from Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln, I taught in an international school in Cyprus whilst my husband was serving in the RAF.

I have taught in KS1, Nursery and Reception, and am currently the EYFS Lead Teacher at the academy.  I am on the Trust’s Board of Directors, supporting at a strategic level.

I pride myself on my relationships with parents and the wider community and all decisions that I make are always with the children’s best interests at heart. 

When not in the classroom, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two children. I also enjoy spending time at the seaside town where I grew up - Skegness.

Favourite song:  I gotta feeling’ Black Eyed Peas

Favourite film:  Moana (I love Disney films!)

Favourite place:  Akortiri Cyprus

Favourite biscuit:  Chocolate chip cookie

Favourite book:  Wuthering Heights

Craig Prestidge - Curriculum and SMSC,SENCo and pastoral Lead

I am the Curriculum Lead for The West Grantham Academy St John’s, having worked for the Trust since 2016. Originally from New Zealand, I settled in London, initially for a two year working holiday. Some 20 years later, I am still here.

I have taught in schools in London for 11 years, before moving to Lincolnshire, teaching in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.  I am passionate about ICT and bring the curriculum to life through project based learning.  As well as teaching I am working on a number of projects that will improve the school environment and the curriculum.

Favourite song:  Weather With You – Crowded House

Favourite film:  The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Favourite place:  Milford Sound, New Zealand

Favourite book:  The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Favourite biscuit:  Jaffa Cakes (is it a cake or biscuit? - you decide)