Senior Leadership Team

Mr Richard Carr

Headteacher

Richard is responsible for the overall direction of the school and sets its ethos, culture and values. Richard works closely with NEAT Academy Trust to ensure that Benfield School has high expectations in and outside of the classroom for all of its staff and students. Richard is also a Teacher of English

Richard joined Benfield having served as Headteacher of Sandhill View School in Sunderland.

Mrs Jennifer Parker

Deputy Headteacher

Jennifer joined Benfield School in September 2021 and is responsible for behaviour for learning. Jen is also the SLT link for SEND, Inclusion, EAL, Cherrywood as well as our School within a School. Jen is also a Teacher of English.

Jennifer joined Benfield following a number of years as Deputy Headteacher at St Cuthbert's School, Newcastle where she was part of the leadership team that took the school to 'outstanding'.

Mr John Anderson

Deputy Headteacher

John joined Benfield School in April 2020 and is responsible for the Quality of Education. John is also the SLT link for English, Creative Arts, RE, Computer Science & Sixth Form. John is also a Teacher of English.

John joined Benfield following a number of years as Vice Principal at North Durham Academy, Stanley.

Mr Shaun Edge

Assistant Headteacher

Shaun joined Benfield School in September 2021 and is responsible for quality assurance, monitoring and training. Shaun is also the SLT link for Mathematics, History, Geography, MFL and Physical Education. Shaun is also a teacher of Computer Science

Shaun joined Benfield following a number of years as Assistant Principal at Thorp Academy, Gateshead where he was part of the leadership team that took the academy from 'inadequate' to 'good'.

Mrs Rebecca Whillis

Assistant Headteacher

Rebecca joined Benfield School in September 2021 and is responsible for behaviour and attendance. Rebecca is also the SLT link for each of our year leaders. Rebecca is also a Teacher of Physical Education.

Rebecca joined Benfield following a number of years as Assistant Principal at St Aidan's School, Darlington. Rebecca was part of the leadership team that took St Aidan's from 'inadequate' to 'good'.

Mrs Sarah Wardle

Assistant Headteacher

Sarah has worked at Benfield School for a number of years and is responsible for personal development & safeguarding. Sarah is Benfield's designated safeguarding lead.

As well as her current role, Sarah is also a Teacher of Technology.