Our Leadership Team

xecutive Principal: Lisa Ashcroft-Day

Lisa completed her teaching qualification at Loughborough University in 2002 and became an Advanced Skills Teacher within her first 2 years of teaching. She moved from subject leadership to become Head of KS4 in a large secondary school where she was responsible for pastoral care as well as pupil outcomes. Being passionate about supporting pupils to overcome barriers to learning, Lisa completed her National SENDCo Award through Northampton University. Having gained her SENDCo qualification she was promoted to a senior leadership role to develop inclusive practice across the school. Lisa made the move from mainstream to work in AP as Executive Vice Principal in 2016 and has gained valuable experience of working with vulnerable children and young people with SEMH needs. She led the opening of two new AP Free Schools in Lincoln and Mablethorpe and has worked closely with Lincolnshire Local Authority to deliver the AP strand of the Lincolnshire Ladder of Behaviour Intervention.



Executive Vice Principal: Sarah Jones

Sarah started teaching as a Politics and Philosophy teacher in inner city London. She moved through subject leadership and SENDCo to a Deputy Head role, taking responsibility for safeguarding, pastoral support and student development in an inner-city school in Hackney. Sarah then led the opening of a new Free School in London, which aimed to bring together elements from democratic schooling alongside work from movements like the Harlem Children’s Zone which have transformed outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. After having her daughter, Sarah decided to leave London, and spent 18 months working as Head of a remote island school in Orkney, with a nursery, primary and secondary, 100 miles off the north coast of Scotland. Sarah is hoping that rural Lincolnshire will be somewhere between the big smoke and the tiny island, and is excited about the opportunity to make a difference working with Springwell. 


Head of School: Jayne Sausby-Gallimore

Jayne has been in education now for over 15 years, 13 of those in Special Educational Needs where she successfully led a team of people providing education and teaching daily living skills for young people with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Seeing pupils develop is a great achievement for her and the teams she’s worked in.


Deputy Head of School/SENDCo: Gemma Garner

Gemma Garner is the SENDCo for Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding. She completed her degree in Psychology before completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a focus on primary education. With an interest in special educational needs, Gemma then studied for and successfully gained the level 7 qualification in specific learning difficulties; dyslexia.

Before joining Springwell, Gemma has worked in several primary schools across three counties. During this time, she has lead key stage 1 and 2 respectively, was a SENDCo and a member of the senior leadership team whilst teaching the breath of the primary curriculum and coordinating different subject areas including literacy.

Recently she has completed the access arrangements course and is currently completing the National Award for SEN Coordination.


Pastoral Manager (South): Gunilla Karlsson

Primary Lead: Clare Wilde

Secondary Lead: Jenny Wicks

Assistant Care Team Manager: Elliott Deathridge

Senior Administrator: Eileen Dean