Our Leadership Team

Executive Principal: Lisa Ashcroft-Day

Lisa completed her teaching qualification at Loughborough University in 2002 and became an Advanced Skills Teacher within her first 2 years of teaching. She moved from subject leadership to become Head of KS4 in a large secondary school where she was responsible for pastoral care as well as pupil outcomes. Being passionate about supporting pupils to overcome barriers to learning, Lisa completed her National SENDCo Award through Northampton University. Having gained her SENDCo qualification she was promoted to a senior leadership role to develop inclusive practice across the school. Lisa made the move from mainstream to work in AP as Executive Vice Principal in 2016 and has gained valuable experience of working with vulnerable children and young people with SEMH needs. She led the opening of two new AP Free Schools in Lincoln and Mablethorpe and has worked closely with Lincolnshire Local Authority to deliver the AP strand of the Lincolnshire Ladder of Behaviour Intervention.




Executive Vice Principal: Steve Cumberworth

Stephen graduated with a PGCE in Science in 1994 from the University of Bath. Having taught in schools in Dorset, Essex and Lincolnshire Stephen became a Head of Science in a Lincolnshire school in 1998. After being appointed to a Local Authority School Improvement Team as Science adviser he became an Ofsted inspector, and worked with the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, Teacher Training Agency and National Science Strategy. Stephen gained his NPQH, has been a school leader in 6 educational establishments and proudly joined Springwell Alternative Academies in September 2019. Stephen believes unreservedly in promoting high standards and facilitating achievement and ambition for all young people that he feels privileged to work alongside.

Stephen loves working in AP as he enjoys seeing pupils who found mainstream education difficult to manage flourish and enjoy success day in day out.


Head of School: Jack Williamson

Jack began teaching in 2011 after completing a BA (Hons) and PGCE in Physical Education at Edge Hill University. He has spent the last 10 years in a mainstream academy, where he has been able to develop his understanding of pedagogy and teaching & learning through a plethora of roles including; Lead Teacher, Head of Department, Head of Faculty and most recently as an Assistant Principal.

Whilst in mainstream he found that he had a natural affinity to work with those students who struggled with forming relationships with their teachers. He has developed an interest in understanding how the current education system manages to still fail 1 in 6 children, and how collective systemic change is needed.  By joining Springwell he hopes to broaden and deepen his understanding of how education can become more inclusive for all.

Outside of school Jack is interested in sport and the outdoors including; skiing, hiking, camping and running to name a few and not to forget, walking his beloved Sprocker Spaniel Pepper!


Deputy Head of School/SENDCo: Laura Turner

Laura completed her teaching qualification at the University of Bedfordshire in 2012 and started her teaching career as a teacher of P.E. in Secondary Mainstream education. Three years into her career with three years mainstream experience, Laura started her Master’s Degree in Special Educational Needs and started her career in pupil referral units. Since 2015, Laura has been part of Lincolnshire Teaching and Learning Centre and Springwell Lincolnshire as both a Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Teacher delivering practical and creative learning to engage all learners. Laura has also taken a lead on internal verification as well as liaison with external exam board assessors at both BTEC and GCSE level.  In 2018, Laura graduated with an M.A. in Special Educational Needs from the University of Nottingham and started her leadership career as Deputy Head of School/SENDCo at Springwell Lincoln City Academy Mablethorpe. Laura has most recently obtained and completed her National SENDCo Award with the University of Northampton to progress further into her career in Special Educational Needs. Laura is one of our Deputy Safeguarding Leads at Mablethorpe and works hard with other staff to ensure our students on roll are safe. Laura is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice as well as Nurture Principles and is currently working towards achieving the Trauma in Schools UK Award for Springwell Alternative Academy Mablethorpe.


Assistant Principal / Secondary Lead: Mia Sneyd


Mia began her teaching career in 2003 specialising in English and Literature. With a passion for teaching and learning, and securing reading skills for children and young people, she became an Advanced Skills Teacher before taking on senior leadership positions. In 2014, Mia became an Educational Consultant and specialised in Teacher Training and School Improvement. With a keen interest in ensuring that all children and young people have access to a good quality education irrespective of starting points, Mia brings a wealth of expertise to her role. She is a strong believer that relationships matter and that building nurturing and safe learning environments will help young people enjoy their learning. Outside of work, Mia is an avid reader and enjoys going on adventures and seeing the world.


Pastoral Lead: Jayne Battersby

Behaviour for Learning Lead: Paul Jervis

Primary Lead: Sarah Lewis

Secondary Lead: Mia Sneyd

Senior Administrator: Verity Cope