Our Leadership Team

Executive 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: Steve Cumberworth

Stephen graduated with a PGCE in Science in 1994 from the University of Bath. Having taught in schools in Dorset, Essex and Lincolnshire Stephen became a Head of Science in a Lincolnshire school in 1998. After being appointed to a Local Authority School Improvement Team as Science adviser he became an Ofsted inspector, and worked with the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, Teacher Training Agency and National Science Strategy. Stephen gained his NPQH, has been a school leader in 6 educational establishments and proudly joined Springwell Alternative Academies in September 2019. Stephen believes unreservedly in promoting high standards and facilitating achievement and ambition for all young people that he feels privileged to work alongside.

Stephen loves working in AP as he enjoys seeing pupils who found mainstream education difficult to manage flourish and enjoy success day in day out.


Head of School: Laura Turner

Laura completed her teaching qualification at the University of Bedfordshire in 2012 and started her teaching career as a teacher of P.E. in Secondary Mainstream education. Three years into her career with three years mainstream experience, Laura started her Master’s Degree in Special Educational Needs and started her career in pupil referral units. Since 2015, Laura has been part of Lincolnshire Teaching and Learning Centre and Springwell Lincolnshire as both a Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Teacher delivering practical and creative learning to engage all learners. Laura has also taken a lead on internal verification as well as liaison with external exam board assessors at both BTEC and GCSE level.  In 2018, Laura graduated with an M.A. in Special Educational Needs from the University of Nottingham and started her leadership career as Deputy Head of School/SENDCo at Springwell Lincoln City Academy Mablethorpe. Laura has most recently obtained and completed her National SENDCo Award with the University of Northampton to progress further into her career in Special Educational Needs. Laura has recently taken up the mantle of Head of School at Spalding, moving from Mablethorpe, and works hard with other staff to ensure our students on roll are safe. Laura is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice as well as Nurture Principles.


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 Lead: Jayne Battersby

Executive Behaviour Lead: Paul Jervis

Primary Lead: Clare Wilde

Secondary Lead: Jenny Wicks

Senior Administrator: Eileen Dean