Our Team

Rebecca Slayford
Director of Education Services
Rebecca is a fully qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. Rebecca has worked in mainstream and SEND, she is a specialist in supporting children presenting with social, emotional and mental health difficulties to access education successfully. Rebecca has worked in a wide range of roles across education as a teacher, advisory teacher to mainstream, SENCo and headteacher. Within her current role as executive head teacher, Rebecca oversees Compass Community Schools and a national education service which supports looked after children to access education provision.
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Kit Hobbs
Regional Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kit has been working with vulnerable children for over 15 years, initially as a sports and outdoor instructor in city schools. He started his teaching career in mainstream but soon found himself working extensively with marginalised students and those with SEND and social inclusion issues, helping them overcome barriers to learning and develop self-esteem and self-regulation by placing the child at the heart of the decision making process. He has worked with Compass Community Schools as a Teacher, Lead Teacher and Regional Head Teacher, DSL and SENCo and has a broad experience in securing positive outcomes for children with a wide range of challenging and disturbing behaviours and SEMH concerns. Kit has lead the therapeutic education in several PSB specialist schools and has undertaken the Mentor Forensics Professional Development Award, interpreting behaviours in order to manage risk and inform sensitive decision-making on a daily basis. BA (Hons) English. PGCE Secondary English. PGCiPP: NASENCo.
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Corinne Plant
Head of School
Will Coldwell
After working as an educator at an internationally renowned museum leading workshops and with schools, universities, community groups, probation service and business, Will answered Ken Robinson’s call to nurture pupils’ “creative strengths” in schools and trained to become a teacher. Completing the Graduate Teacher Programme in five months, he then worked in a variety of mainstream schools in areas of high deprivation as a teacher, subject leader and assistant headteacher. Will has been a teacher governor on the finance, curriculum and learning and SEND panels at two schools. He has worked with multiple agencies including the STA (Standards and Testing Agency) developing and reviewing Mathematics SATs, Calderdale SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education), and Interfaith. He has written for academic periodicals on themes of education and corporate funding of the arts. He holds a BA(Hons) Fine Art, MA Museum Studies, Museum Education PGDip, Fine Art Valuation PGDip, Graduate Teacher Programme.
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Konrad Katarzynsky
Regional SENCO