Meet the Team
Headteacher - Kuldip Berdesha
Kuldip has extensive experience in the SEMH field. She has led an SEMH team at Local Authority level offering outreach and training. Her latest experience has been as Headteacher of a successful Alternative Provision in another LA.
Kuldip is passionate about helping our most vulnerable children back into appropriate provision and making a real difference to their lives.
Deputy Headteacher - Kate Rock
Kate joined Unity Academy after working in a successful alternative provision in another LA, as Deputy and Acting Head.
She is a great believer in a holistic approach – seeing the whole child and building on enrichment opportunities for all learners. Kate is passionate about developing an environment to enhance all children’s learning and has trained to teach Nurture, which she does once a week with each class.
Kate has a range of experience working within the SEMH field, both within mainstream and Alternative Provision. She is also a qualified SENDCo and uses these skills as Inclusion Manager at Unity Academy, to support staff and children to access all areas of learning and aid smooth transitions.
School Business Manager - Steph Walker
Steph has worked within the Rivers CofE Academy Trust for several years and knows the Trust's systems and ethos well. She manages Unity Academy's office, site, finances and human resources.
Steph is also the Rivers' Trust Attendance Officer and works across all Trust schools advising on pupil attendance ensuring consistency of approach and improvements.
Class Teacher - Amy Sisley
Amy is new to the Rivers CofE Academy Trust, although not new to teaching. She has spent 14 years working as a mainstream primary teacher across all key stages, before following her passion to work specifically with SEMH children. Prior to working at Unity Academy, Amy worked at a similar PRU setting in Sandwell for 3 years.
Amy has led a range of subjects over her career, but in more recent years has been focusing on the leadership of Maths which she continues to do at Unity alongside leading Science.
Class Teacher - Amie Spencer
Amie has been teaching for 6 years in the Wyre Forest district and knows the local area well. She has her NASENCO qualification and has worked in all key stages. Her main focus has been Lower Key Stage 2 and Early Years.
Amie has also led a variety of subjects and worked in Kidderminster Early Years Language class. At Unity Amie leads on SEND and Key Stage 1 English.
Class Teacher - Sara Stevenson
Sara has worked within the Rivers CofE Academy Trust for several years and knows the Trust's curriculum and ethos well. She has taught across a range of age groups.
Sara is also a qualified SENCO and has a passion for ensuring all children reach their full potential. At Unity Sara leads on the Curriculum, ICT and Key Stage 2 English.
HLTA - Nicola Young
Teaching Assistant - Amy Pratt
Amy has worked in Alternative Provision schools for twelve years. Working alongside children with challenging behaviour and mental health difficulties. As a result, she is experienced in dealing with students who have faced early childhood trauma and other related issues leading her to develop strategies and methodology to help support these students.
Amy is very energetic and loves a challenge. She has gained extensive training over the years, including Safeguarding, Dyslexia, First aid and many other training enabling her to cope with adverse situations.
Teaching Assistant - Sarah Street
Sarah has worked in education for 15 years in both mainstream and alternative provision. Her 15 years started as a volunteer at a local primary school where she discovered a passion for working with SEMH children. She then became a Teaching Assistant and jointly ran a nurture provision.
Sarah is proud to have trained her own dog to become a fully licenced Therapy Dog who supported the children she worked with.
She has also completed the THRIVE practitioners licence and spent several years working alongside the behavioural team at a primary school before moving to The Beacon PRU where she spent 6 years before transferring to Unity Academy.
Teaching Assistant - Julie Tristram
Teaching Assistant - Carl Trevitt
Family & Community Support Officer - Will Ganniclifft
Outreach Support HLTA - Stevie-Leigh Bourne
Office Administrator - Jodie Tormey
Jodie is new to The Rivers Academy Trust but has over 15 years experience in administration and a passion for education.
She is responsible for welcoming new students and their families to the setting and is looking forward to helping to build Unity Academy into a highly regarded and successful alternative provision.
Caretaker - George Dealaselle