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‘Inspire, Support, Teach’

Meet the Team

Selene Sawyer - Executive Headteacher of Lionwood Schools Federation and CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust

Selene studied at Kingston University and has worked at senior leadership level in London and Norfolk, including Headteacher roles in four different schools. She is Executive Headteacher of Lionwood Schools Federation and CEO of Inclusive Schools Trust.


Lionwood Infant and Nursery School was rated ‘outstanding’ across the board in March 2016 and is now a national support school. Lionwood Junior School was rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ for leadership and management and behaviour, welfare and safety in October 2016


Since 2010 Selene has been a National Leader of Education. She has also completed her OFSTED inspection training.

Lionwood Infant and Nursery School is now a designated Teaching School and National Support School. Lionwood Teaching School is central to the development of the Trust and a key driver for support for school improvement across the six schools and beyond.


Caroline Mandilakis - Trust Office Manager and PA to Executive Headteacher/CEO

Caroline has over thirty years’ broad experience working in a variety of roles within the financial sector. After leaving school, she worked for the Co-operative Bank before joining Aviva Commercial Property Finance as Business Manager with responsibility for the analysis and agreement of lending in the PFI and Primary Care Sector. She later joined the Senior Management Team where she remained for five years in the role of People and Organisation Manager and led the delivery of organisational change, leadership development, talent management and business coaching. Caroline is a qualified Coach-Mentor.


In 2010, Caroline moved to work for Aviva HR as an MI Partner supporting organisational change across the UK. She remained in HR for two years before making the decision to change career to work in the education sector.


Caroline joined Lionwood Schools’ Federation, firstly as a Teaching Assistant at Lionwood Junior School and then as School Secretary at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School. Caroline now works as the Trust Office Manager and PA to Selene Sawyer. She is also Clerk to the Trustees, Teaching School Administrator and the Trust Data Protection Officer.

Louise Knights - Business Manager

Louise has over twenty years of financial and administrative experience. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she progressed from a business administration apprentice to a senior auditor within the Public Services Audit department. Along with various administration qualifications, Louise completed AAT during her time here. She then moved to the Fiduciary Accounts department of Marsh into the role of Senior Accounts Technician where her main role was the reconciliation of inter-company balances for Marsh offices throughout the World.


After a short break to start a family, Louise returned to work taking the role of Finance Officer at Lionwood Junior School. On formation of Inclusive Schools Trust Louise gained promotion to her current role of Business Manager incorporating Company Secretary. This role enables her to use both her accounting background and six years of school finance experience to support the financial operation across the Trust and build capacity within the finance team. Louise has recently completed Level 3 Accounting for Finance in Education qualification and Level 4 Managing Finance in Education.

Simon Davis - Director of Achievement and Teaching

Simon Davis - Profile

Simon has twenty years’ experience in the education sector, working as a class teacher and as a Local Authority Mathematics Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and Achievement Adviser. As an Achievement Adviser, Simon was charged with supporting and training Headteachers and leaders in all aspects of achievement, and in his role as the Achievement Lead for the highly successful school improvement strategy ‘Better to Best’, Simon was quick to develop an excellent reputation among Norfolk’s Headteachers.


In 2018, Simon joined the Inclusive Schools Trust as our Director of Achievement. In his lead role on achievement across our 6 schools within the Trust, Simon acts to both support and rigorously challenge school leaders and trustees to drive up the standards in our schools.


In addition to this role, Simon continues to act as the achievement lead for Norfolk’s largest school improvement provider ‘Viscount Nelson Education Network’ and for the largest Academy Trust in Norfolk.


Simon offers the following support to our schools within the Trust:

  • Interpretation and analyses of key data reports such as Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR).
  • Analyses and presentation of Key Data outcomes across the primary phase on a school and MAT level, including identification of key strengths and school improvement priorities.
  • Analysing and evidencing in school attainment and progress.
  • Acting with integrity to provide an impartial assessment of each school’s historic and current ‘in-school’ attainment and progress data compared to national averages, such that all parties have a common, shared understanding of the strengths and key priorities for each school, enabling strategic support and challenge to improve performance.
  • Attending regular and timely school progress boards to present and evidence the school’s current attainment and progress position and act with the CEO and trustees to rigorously challenge leaders where there is any danger of a shortfall of the trusts high expectations.
  • Writing School Data Narratives at different levels, such as governors, trustees, HMI, RSC, etc.
  • Working with leaders to complete school self-evaluations and writing evidenced based data narratives to summarise the impact of the curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership actions within the impact section of the SEF.
  • Completing school and MAT level reports for both historic and in school data.
  • Supporting middle leaders with data and the presentation of and evidencing of data in their area, for example SEN coordinators, subject leaders, Pupil Premium Champions.
  • Ambitious pupil and school target setting using FFT50, FFT20 and FFT5 targets to ensure high performance for all schools.
  • Setting up tracking, reporting and monitoring systems such as termly assessment cycles, Progress Boards and Achievement, Standards and Risk Meetings.
  • Assessment, including ensuring the security of in school assessment against national averages both within the core subjects and across the wider curriculum.






Eileen Hansell - Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust


Sharon Forder - Vice-Chair of Inclusive Schools Trust