Steering Group

Meet our Steering Group

Our Steering Group work in a similar way to school governors. You can find out more about each member below:

Chair - Mr Gary German

I became a member of Reach Primary Learning Centre's steering group because I am the Headteacher of Reach's closest primary school and I value the service that Reach provides to primary school in South Leeds. I have been a headteacher for 6 years and I have worked at 5 primary settings. I passionately believe that primary education should be engaging and memorable; where possible based on first-hand experiences. I know high expectations and aspirational targets motivate children. Furthermore, high-quality teaching ensures all pupils can become independent learners, thinkers and problem solvers; skills needed throughout adulthood.

Ms Sam Williams

I am the Head Teacher of Middleton Primary School. I have worked at MPS for 13 years! I love my job and the school I work in - we have a great team of staff and wonderful children. My hobbies are cycling - mountain biking and I love my rescue dogs and cats!

Dr Helen Dixon

Throughout my career I have been interested in, and specialised in, SEND (special educational needs and disability). I qualified as an educational psychologist in 2006 and prior to that I have worked as a secondary school teacher. My educational psychology doctoral research was looked at the emotional impact of domestic violence. In particular I was interested in how teachers support children to manage their feelings and emotions within the classroom. Currently as the senior educational psychologist for the south area of the city I manage the educational psychologists who work in the south of the city. Within the educational psychology team I take a lead in the following areas SEMH (social, emotional and mental health), Early Years and Autism.

Mrs Gill Austerfield

I am the headteacher at Asquith Primary in Morley. I have been the headteacher there since it opened in 2002 and have seen it develop from a tiny school with one class to a thriving 2 form entry primary school. I believe that schools should be inclusive, nurturing places which meet the social and emotional needs of children along with helping them to achieve academic success. I have worked with staff at Reach for a number of years and happy to be supporting the continued development of this provision.

Mrs Karen Bayley

I am the Area Inclusion Partnership (AIP) Lead for South Leeds. I have worked for the AIP for 4 years and I work with 48 Primary Schools and 8 High Schools in South Leeds. I am commissioned by the Local Authority to reduce exclusions, promote inclusion and increase attendance.

Mrs Stephanie Makin

Stephanie Makin is the Principal of Westerton Primary Academy, which is a founding member of the Leodis Academies Trust. Stephanie has been at Westerton for 27 years and has been the Principal since 2012. Westerton is a National Support School and Stephanie is a National Leader of Education. She currently chairs the Morley Family of Schools (MFoS) and represents them on the Area Inclusion Partnership (AIP.) Through this connection, Stephanie now also has the privilege of working as a member of the REACH Steering Group.

Mr Simon Crawford