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Philippa Smith

Philippa has worked in education for the past 30 years. She is highly committed to supporting the development of educational provision which allows pupils and adults to flourish.

Philippa is currently a School Development Adviser for the Diocese of York. In this role she supports schools in the development, monitoring and evaluation of their effectiveness and Christian distinctiveness alongside their preparation for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). She also works in partnership with a number of local authorities in supporting governing bodies with Headteacher recruitment. Philippa is also a governor of a school in Leeds and a SIAMS inspector.

Prior to joining the Diocese of York Education Team, Philippa worked in a number of roles beginning as a primary school teacher in Warwickshire where she then became a literacy adviser for the local authority before taking up her first headship. More recently she has been the Headteacher of a primary school in Leeds. Across her 17 years as a Headteacher, she has led schools through a number of successful Ofsted and SIAMS inspections.