Bob Sutcliffe English/Drama/Role Play Primary


Bob Sutcliffe

SLE designation

(Date of designation & Teaching School)

Primary (Creativity/Role play/ English /Phonics)

Appointed 2019


Current School

(LA or Sponsor)

Sherwood Primary School, Preston

Recent OfSTED judgement

(Overall and Leadership)

Overall - Outstanding

Leadership - Outstanding

Context of School


A larger than average school in Preston. Lower than average numbers eligible for free school meals and with statements for special educational needs. Above average numbers of pupils from diverse ethnic background and speaking English as an additional language.

Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength





  • 8 years working to deliver high quality phonics including training and supporting other staff.
  • Commendation from Department for Education for outstanding results.
  • Specialist in role-play and talk for writing at Key Stage One.
  • English Coordinator role (KS1).
  • Trained mentor and coach.
  • Pediatric First Aid Trainer. Coordinator of medical needs in relation to academic achievement. 


How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?


I am an experienced mentor and leader in a variety of contexts both in and out of the field of education. My management experience outside of education is transferable and I have working knowledge of funding streams, grants, team development and coaching. I have recently supported other senior leaders in their career development and the development of a new year group unit army school. This included:


  • Establishment of an action plan
  • Consultation with senior leaders
  • Planning and implementation of training for staff
  • Review and analysis of success with colleagues

What was the Impact of your support?





The impact of my support has been:

  • Well motivated and trained staff
  • Key members of staff re-engaged in their career
  • Clear and shared vision for the unit
  • Improvement in teaching practices
  • Impact on children’s progress and learning

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