Staff Team and Leadership

PRU Staff Team and Leadership:

Interim Headteacher:  Tim Self

Tim Self is based at our Lynchet Close location and can be contacted by phone on 01273 542050 or by the PRU email address;


Lucy Nixon – Acting Head of KS3

Lucy Nixon is based at our Dyke Road location and can be contacted by phone on 01273 327389 or by the PRU email address;


Julie Melia – Head of KS4

Julie Melia heads the KS4 provision and accreditation and is based at Lynchet Close, telephone no. 01273 542050,


Craig Nicholson – Head of Primary and SENCO

Based at Lynchet Close location, tel 01273 542050,


Karen Prout – Business and Commissioning Manager

Based at Lynchet Close location, tel 01273 542050,


The PRU distributed leadership model shares responsibility for pupils making good or outstanding progress across the staff team. Staff are highly ambitious for our learners and lead by example. There is an uncompromising drive to improve outcomes for our learners over a sustained period and into lifelong learning. Our partnership work demonstrates the drive to improve outcomes for our learners and across the city. The newly developed curriculum provides ‘highly positive, memorable experiences and rich opportunities’. Successful strategies are employed to the benefit of our pupils, including working with parents who have previously found working with school difficult. As leaders we have a deep and accurate understanding of performance, as well as staff and pupils’ skills and attributes. Pupil tracking systems provide more evidence for this. Safeguarding is paramount in all that we do. We are constantly developing and evolving to ensure we deliver high quality educational provision and opportunities for the benefit of all learners and in developing our staff to ensure that this happens.

  • All staff have appraisal targets linked to their roles and responsibilities and a clear line management structure.
  • The hexagonal review of teaching and learning is embedded as part of the appraisal system to monitor the teaching and learning cycle.
  • CPD is requested from staff/signposted from line managers in line with targets or school improvement issues as well as personal development.  All requests for training are signed off by Tim Self or other membersof the Leadership Team.
  • Coaching and mentoring is in place for senior staff, eg an Executive Headteacher supported the Head of PRU to prepare for the PRU’s first inspection and a consultant BESD Headteacher from a neighbouring authority mentored the new KS4 Head into role
  • A coaching offer has been made by HR at the Local Authority for all the PRU Leadership Group
  • All staff have a professional responsibility to be accountable for their own CPD, which is closely linked to the School Development Plan.
  • Skills mapping of non-teaching staff has been undertaken by the Business and Commissioning Manager, resulting in clarification of roles and responsibilities, with clearer focus on links to outcomes for children, eg designation of discrete responsibilities for attendance tracking.