Ian Wingfield, Headteacher

Ian graduated from the University of Liverpool with an Economics degree before completing his teacher training in Nottingham.  Prior to his appointment as Headteacher at Springwell, Ian worked as a Vice Principal in Leicestershire and a Head of IT & Business in Derby.  He is Chair of the local cluster group, the Staveley and Brimington Learning Community and sits on the Staveley Town Deal board.  Ian is proud of Springwell’s strong and growing reputation as a college where students reach their ambitious goals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Helen Staton, Deputy Headteacher

Helen gained a degree in Economic & Social History at the University of Leicester.  After completing a PGCE at the University of Nottingham, Helen gained a teaching position at Springwell Community School in 2001 and has worked there ever since.  Helen’s passion for pastoral excellence has seen her hold the positions of Student Progress Leader and Assistant Headteacher.  She is currently Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Helen is also the Designated Safeguarding Leader for Springwell Community College

John Naylor, Assistant Headteacher

John gained a degree in Business and Finance and his PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University in 1996.  He has taught at four schools as a maths teacher, Head of Year, Head of Maths and Faculty Leader.  John took up the post of Assistant Headteacher at Springwell Community College in 2010.  Initially, he was in charge of pupil premium and careers.  He is now responsible for teaching and learning across the college, ensuring excellent teaching and making sure that all staff receive the training that will help them do this.

Stuart Birks, Assistant Headteacher

After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Economics, Stuart worked for an International furniture company as Commercial Manager.  Stuart then completed a PGCE in Business Education from Sheffield Hallam University.  Since beginning his teaching career in Northumberland, Stuart has taught in five different schools as a Business Studies teacher, Head of Faculty and as a Senior Leader.  Stuart became Assistant Headteacher at Springwell in 2014.  During this time, he has held a number of responsibilities including assessment and timetable construction.  Stuart is currently responsible for the curriculum along with literacy and careers.

Martin Edwards, Assistant Headteacher

Martin gained a degree in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in 2005, followed by a PGCE in English a year later from the same institution.  Since qualifying as a Teacher of English, Martin has gained experience in Rotherham and Sheffield schools as a Literacy through ICT Coordinator, Assistant Head of English, and Head of English.  He became an Assistant Headteacher on Springwell’s Senior Leadership Team in 2019, where he leads on assessment.

Sue Liddle, College Business and Resources Manager

Sue completed a degree in Geography and Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and then a PGCE in Further & Higher Education to teach Business & ICT.  She worked in several colleges of further education as well as at a secondary school for 16 years.  Sue completed her Masters’ Degree in Education at Nottingham University during this time.  After taking a career break to look after her two children, Sue returned to education and has undertaken the role of School Business Manager for the last 12 years, firstly at a secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent, then a large primary school in Derby City and latterly here at Springwell.  In this role, Sue has completed both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in School Business Management which recognises the importance of the School Business Manager role in a school environment.  Sue is responsible for managing the college’s resources including financial management, ensuring the college site meets the needs of all our students as well as leading the support functions including HR, administration, educational visits, transport and lettings.