About Us

Raedwald Trust Team

Ms Angela Ransby – Chief Executive Officer 

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Angela has worked in education as a teacher and leader for over 25 years. She started her teaching career in a large comprehensive school in Essex before leaving to take up a post in East Africa, first through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and then with SOS Children’s Villages, where she lived and worked for almost 10 years gaining defining experience across all ages and stages of education. When Angela returned to the UK in 2004, she worked as a pastoral leader in two comprehensive schools in Suffolk before joining the ‘alternative provision’ sector in 2008, and hospital education in 2013.

Angela joins the Raedwald Trust with a proven track record of successful leadership having served as Acting Headteacher of the Wandsworth Hospital and Home Tuition Service – an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ provision in South West London – and more recently, Head Teacher of Oxfordshire Hospital School – a large, multi site, provision serving over 1000 learners county-wide. Angela is a member of the national executive committee for PRUsAp; and sits on the committee for the National Association of Hospital and Home Teaching. She holds the National Professional Qualification for Head Teacher (NPQH); the National SENCo Award; a BA (Hons) degree in English and History; a PGCE in Secondary English; a Master of Arts degree in Education Management; and a Post Graduate Diploma in Pre- Doctoral Study.

There is no doubt that Angela is a leader with a passion for our sector, and a demonstrable track record of delivering high quality education. She believes that through strong, meaningful partnerships and collaborations, schools are able to positively impact on the lives of their learners, every hour of every day. Angela sets high standards for herself and her colleagues; these standards have allowed her to lead teams through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, such as her recent achievement in Oxfordshire lifting the school from an Ofsted rating of ‘special measures’ to ‘outstanding’ in less than a year.

Angela leads with compassion, conviction and unfaltering commitment to securing the very best outcomes for vulnerable learners. She is excited about the future and looking forward to working with the whole of the Raedwald Trust.

Ms Carey Fish – Head Teacher 

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Carey is Head Teacher of Westbridge Academy, St Christopher’s Academy and Montgomery Road Campus. Having previously taught in Manchester and London, Carey has many years experience in education. Carey has a Masters Degree in Education (M Ed) and an NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Specialising in the AP sector provides an opportunity to bring together her passion and skills in supporting young people unable to access mainstream education.

Carey has held senior leadership roles within Westbridge PRU and, more recently, the Readwald Trust. As a Senior Leader and Head Teacher Carey is particularly drawn to the students and their support networks within the Alternative Provision sector and works hard to facilitate re-engagement into education and beyond. Positive access to education  improves self-esteem and Carey believes that the centres within the Trust are able to make a difference to the lives of the students within it.

Carey is a great advocate of collaborative partnerships and proactively pursues all opportunities to enhance the educational experience the Trust is able to offer. Carey enjoys being part of a community which enables growth and development, and supports each students individual journey.

Mr Jamie Benson – Head Teacher

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Jamie has worked in  a range of schools in Glasgow, London, Leeds, Bradford and Ipswich before joining Parkside Academy in January 2020. He has worked specifically with young people with SEN for the majority of his teaching career and is a qualified SENDCO and specialist assessor.

His work has included developing programmes to develop the literacy levels of young people in order for them to access the wider school curriculum, alternative curriculum pathways for those unable to access Level 1/Level 2 qualifications and also developing access to suitable vocational training. He also has extensive experience of working within the areas of child protection across a range of local authorities and is Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) trained.

Before relocating to Suffolk, Jamie worked in leadership positions in a top performing Academy Trust in Yorkshire developing provision for young people with SEN and within the Safeguarding Team.

As well as leading Parkside Academy, Jamie supports KS2 provision within the Trust.

Mrs Ashlee Jacobs – Pedagogical Lead

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Ashlee has taught in mainstream and alternative provision in Essex and Suffolk for a number of years.  She originally trained in Canada as a secondary Science teacher, but spent time working in residential units for children in care with mental health difficulties as well as working within youth offending.  She gained a specialism in Special Educational Needs as a Behavioural Lead Teacher before moving to England to teach in 2006.  Originally teaching in mainstream secondary in Essex, she eventually transitioned over to working in Alternative Provision in Suffolk.  Ashlee has continued to work within behavioural settings, gaining her SENCo accreditation in 2015.  She has led on SEN across the Raedwald Trust enabling her to understand and support individual sites and in 2017 successfully led the St. Christopher’s team as Head of Centre.

As Pedagogical Lead on the Trust team, Ashlee hopes to continue to build on her experience of supporting children and young people to engage and achieve in alternative settings.  Through research, observation and a caring and practical approach, she will seek to explore new and innovative ways that the Trust can become a beacon of learning in the AP sector.  The children and young people within the Trust are multi-faceted and inspiring; it is imperative that we continue to develop and respond to their ever changing needs to ensure they achieve their true potential.  Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys being with her family and friends as well as running, playing football and travelling.

Mrs Julie Cox – Head of Pathway: Next Steps & Specialist Groups

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Julie started her career teaching English in mainstream high schools and sixth form colleges in and around Bristol, moving on to become a Head of Faculty and subject adviser in The Channel Islands. Since 2002 Julie has lived and worked in Suffolk, initially for the Education Other Than At School Service, where she became the Lead for Complex Need cases in South Suffolk for the Local Authority, specialising in leading the educational part of multi-agency high risk high profile case work.  She is now the Head of School at Montgomery Road Campus, a small nurture provision delivering bespoke education and support for students in need of the greatest assistance in order to re-engage or access education.

Julie passionately believes that education is for everyone: no matter what circumstances have occurred in our lives it is never too late to begin again. In her professional experience a good education is the catalyst for individual change and personal growth. It is also the key to a better future, because it offers new opportunities and experiences that enable us to acquire skills for life and qualifications that broaden our horizons.

Mr Martin Weston – External Provision Lead 

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Martin has over 15 years experience working with complex and hard to reach young people.  He studied Psychology and Educational Development at Nottingham Trent University.  Upon completion of his degree, Martin worked with Young Carers for 5 years and became a senior member of the team.  Martin then moved across into the education sector and piloted a project for Parkside to provide Transitional Support to young people in Years 10 and 11.  The project was so successful that it gained the backing of the National Lottery for 4 years and became a model of excellence across Suffolk.

Martin is now employed to oversee the vocational and third party providers offer across the Trust to ensure all young people who access the Trust have the opportunity to develop and learn with outstanding providers in a robust and safe environment.  Martin also co-ordinates the careers offer and transition package across the Trust.

Mrs Sharon Williets – Joint Trust Business Manager 

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Sharon recently worked at Westbridge and became the School Business Manager when the Raedwald Trust was formed.  Previously Sharon worked for Lloyds TSB in various roles including Branch Manager and as a Group Manager on Operations when Lloyds and TSB merged.

Mrs Natalie Quinton – Joint Trust Business Manager

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Natalie became one of the Trust Business Managers in September 2018. Her previous roles include 12 years in a large accountancy firm in London where she was a Financial Controller and studied accountancy, before relocating and moving into the education sector in 2009 and joining First Base Ipswich. Natalie gained her Certificate in School Business Management in 2013. She has also been a School Business Manager in a large primary school in Ipswich and more recently supported some of the provisions within the Trust prior to them converting.

Mrs Debbie Spencer – Finance Officer

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Debbie has worked in various finance roles for over 26 years.  She qualified as an accountant in 1995 and spent many years working in the private sector which included 11 years as Head of Finance at Ipswich Building Society.  Debbie began working in the education sector 6 years ago and has worked in current role as Finance Officer for the Raedwald Trust since May 2016.

Mrs Laura Leeder – Trust PA

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Laura has over 20 years experience working as a PA, starting in the shipping sector.  She started working in the education sector in 2012 and joined the Raedwald Trust in September 2017.