Sue Ackroyd

North East Regional Representative

North East Regional Representative

Sue has been actively involved in residential special education for over 30 years and in various roles before becoming Principal of the William Henry Smith School in August 2017.  Sue is the North East Regional Representative for engage in their future, supporting and representing over 17 schools.

Sue maintains a strong principle that beyond our school walls lies our duty to provide our community mainstream primary and secondary schools with support, expertise and CPD; to use the school’s knowledge and experience to help lead change, specifically around areas of mental health and well-being and, behaviour.

Sue is the North East of England Teaching and Learning lead for NASS (the National Association for Independent Non-maintained Special Schools), leading on teaching and learning and facilitating peer review and development across 30 schools.

A commitment to enabling and driving outstanding outcomes; built from specialist, creative and innovative practice and supported by an appropriate, well balanced and needs-led curriculum, Sue is driven by the challenge of high and complex need and motivated by the impact that specialist schooling has on the lives of children.  A love for learning and a ‘nothing is impossible’ mantra is at the heart of her leadership approach, helping young people, and staff, become the best they can be.