meet the team

As Head Teacher, it is my privilege to introduce our team.  Our full-time staff of around 40 is dedicated to ensuring that every pupil at Joseph Norton Academy is able to settle in quickly and is well supported to make good progress.

Our staff are trained professionals with an excellent array of skills and a shared commitment to the school's vision.  

Key Contacts

If you have any questions or queries about our school, please contact Kate Gaunt, Pastoral Manager or Liz Morritt, Business Support Manager, in the first instance.

Sarah Wilson, Head Teacher

Sarah has overall responsibility for the running of the school with the support of the school's Governing Body. Together they set the school's strategic direction by analysing current needs and planning for the future. Sarah is a member of the Department for Education's Headteacher Reference Group and gives advice on the potential impact of new policies on secondary and special education.

Laura Flynn, Deputy Headteacher (SENCO)

Laura is responsible for the leadership of school improvement. Laura is also the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator and takes a leading role in ensuring the school meets its statutory requirements with respect to the Code of Practice for SEND.  Laura works closely with parents and carers to ensure that their views are taken into consideration. Laura is also the school's Designated Teacher for Children who are Looked After. Laura is a Specialist Leader of Education.

Kate Gaunt, Pastoral Manager

Kate is our school's Designated Safeguarding Lead.  Kate will often be the first person you will meet at our school and her team members will be your first contacts if you have any questions or queries.  Kate is responsible for home-school liaison, attendance and safeguarding.  She works closely with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure that pupils are well supported and ready and able to access learning.  Kate is supported by three pastoral leaders: Carl, Darryl and Scott.

Ryan Gladwin, Assistant Headteacher

Ryan has overall responsibility for the leadership of behaviour for learning at our school.  He also oversees the school's timetable including our vocational curriculum and monitors pupil progress in key stage 3.  Ryan is a qualified PE teacher and works with the pupils who have chosen this as their GCSE option. Ryan is a Specialist Leader of Education.

Lydia Harrison, Assistant Headteacher

Lydia has overall responsibility for the leadership of progress and achievement. She helps the teaching team track and monitor pupil progress and analyses data that informs school development. Lydia is a qualified science teacher and also key stage 4 phase leader.

Ruth Radcliffe, School Business Manager

Ruth's role is integral to the smooth running of the school.  She is responsible for the leadership of human and physical resources and oversees areas such as health and safety, first aid and recruitment. Ruth is also responsible for overseeing the management of the school's finances.  This includes helping to set and monitor the school's budget.  Ruth also supports with school uniform, school transport and income generation.