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Careers - Rising star - Sheila Holden


She's deputy headteacher at Calthorpe Special School in Birmingham.


Sheila started at Calthorpe, a two to 19-year-old co-educational special school located near to the centre of Birmingham about 18 months ago. It's a large school, catering for children with a wide range of educational difficulties, ranging from moderate, severe and complex needs.

In that time, Sheila has been an instrumental member of the nine-strong leadership team. She works hard to continue Calthorpe's tradition of international school visits, working closely with overseas schools. She has managed to secure funding for several school language assistance programmes enabling students to travel to China and Pakistan to experience other cultures and immerse themselves in another language. She also contributed significantly to the school's recent inclusion and international awards.

She has exceptional skills in managing colleagues and supports their induction to the school. She manages the school's continuing professional development programme and takes pride in developing others.

On top of all this, she has been working with local families to tackle obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Nominated by?

Graham Hardy, headteacher, who says: "Sheila will make a very good headteacher when she takes that next step. She has just finished NPQH and is awaiting her results but I have no doubt she'll pass with flying colours. She's dynamic and versatile - a key member of our leadership team."

Thanks to the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services for nominating this week's rising star. Send in your one to watch to, including 300 words and a picture.

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