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Christina Zanelli - CEO

My background experience is working and leading in both large and small schools. My career started in a large (500 pupils) Junior school in Lincoln with 80% FSM. I went on to set up and lead an inclusion unit for 2 years within this school, which catered for children excluded from other schools. After 7 years in Lincoln I became Deputy Head of a large school in Whitby where I was also SENCO and a leading Maths teacher. I was acting head of that school for a period of time before becoming the head of a small school in North Yorkshire that was in Special Measures! After a period of 3 years we were judged by Ofsted as a good school with outstanding features, including outstanding leadership.

I became headteacher of West Cliff Primary School in Whitby in 2011, a school that had previously been in serious weakness. West Cliff is now judged by Ofsted to be good with outstanding leadership. We have a strong record of providing school to school support for both large and small schools. I am a Local Leader of Education and work for the DFE on providing tailored support to schools regarding recruitment and retention  Our school was one of the founder members of the Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust and I was delighted to be appointed as CEO. To support this role I have successfully completed the National Professional Qualification - Executive Leader (NPQEL) qualification. I believe passionately that all children deserve the very best education we can give them, and that we only have one chance to do that.