Welcome to Parkside Academy

Staff at Parkside Academy

Mrs Sally Swann – Joint Head Teacher 

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Sally has been teaching for 18 years.  She gained a BEd in Physical Education and Geography in 1999 from Plymouth Marjon University and began her teaching career in Suffolk primarily delivering PE to all key stages including A Level as well as Geography, History and Drama.  Sally made the transition into Alternative Provision in 2004 at Parkside, initially teaching Geography and setting up a Key Stage 3 provision within Parkside.

Sally became Deputy Head Teacher in 2005 and Head Teacher of Parkside in April 2014. During this time Sally has developed an extensive knowledge and experience working with young people with mental health and medical needs. Since commencing her headship role she has reshaped and developed a Project Based Learning style curriculum to increase engagement and pupil successes.  Sally is a dedicated advocate of the young people she works with and works tirelessly to maximise their opportunities and potential.

Mrs Trudy Read – Joint Head Teacher & Head of School Parkside Academy

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Trudy has worked with children and young people all of her working life. In 1991, she qualified with a B Ed (Triple Hons) as a Teacher of English and Youth and Community Worker.  After time working with young people with addiction and dependence problems, she turned to education and worked in a variety of roles such SEN Lead, Assistant Head of Year and Deputy Head of Department in a Community School in Bedfordshire until 2000 when she relocated to Suffolk. She worked in secondary schools in Ipswich before moving into Alternative Provision at Parkside in 2006 where she taught English.

Trudy has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in a wide variety of mental health conditions with a particular interest in supporting young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis. Passionate about empowering young people, Trudy became Deputy Head Teacher in 2014 and part time Head Teacher job sharing with Sally Swann in 2016 when the school joined the Raedwald Trust.  She continues to love working with the team at Parkside and the broader Trust, to improve further the learning journey and outcomes for the talented young people who are referred to the Trust.