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Anne-Marie Merifield

Executive Headteacher, St Edmund's Nursery School and Lilycroft Nursery School 

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance

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Telephone: 01274 543282

Anne-Marie Merifield is Executive Headteacher of St Edmund’s Nursery School & Children’s Centre and Lilycroft Nursery School for children from birth to five. She has over 25 years’ experience working in a range of primary schools across all age groups and in leadership positions.

Since 2003 she has been the Headteacher of St Edmund’s which has achieved three successive outstanding Ofsted inspections. The integrated Children’s Centre and childcare are both also rated as outstanding. Lilycroft Nursery School has recently secured an outstanding judgement for the fourth time.

St Edmund’s is the lead school for the Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance and in September 2014 was also awarded SCITT status with 125 Primary and Early Years trainee teacher places. Anne-Marie is a National Leader of Education and St Edmund’s is a National Support School.

Christian Bunting

Teaching School Director 

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance

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Telephone: 01274 494898

After working in Leadership positions in Secondary Schools in London & Bradford. Christian moved to work in initial teacher training. Christian has been Teaching School Director for the last five years. He sits on the Bradford Opportunity Area Partnership Board and says the goal of positive social mobility through school improvement is at the heart of what drives him forward in his role. 

Katie Waring

Head of ITT

Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT



Telephone: 01274 494898

Mobile: 07483 997066

A successful 10 year career as a teacher in schools for 3 local authorities, led to a move into Initial Teacher Training. Katie has a further 10 years experience working and as a senior leader at, OFSTED outstanding, University based and other providers of ITT, supporting over 1000 trainees in their journey into the teaching profession. Katie says one of the most rewarding aspects of this role is to work with former trainees, now as successful teachers, as mentors of new trainees.

Andrea Layzell

Workforce Development Leader, Project Leader, 50 Things to do before you`re Five. 

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance

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Telephone: 01274 494898

Andrea has been a passionate advocate for a skilled, valued and trusted early years workforce throughout her career. Working in Practice, training, leadership and project management has given her a wealth of experience, in Bradford and across the UK. 

Janice Stephenson

Primary and Early Years Improvement Leader

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance

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Abigail Traynor


Teaching School and SCITT Administrative Lead

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance


Telephone: 01274 494898 

After working in a local Primary School for 9 years, Abi joined Bradford Birth to 19 in August 2018 as Administrative Lead for the SCITT and Teaching School. 

Ammara Mahmood


Project Administrator 

50 Things & Teaching School


Telephone: 01274 494898

After leaving school, Ammara decided to take the route of an Apprentice. She sucessfully completed her level 2 & level 3 apprenticeship within St Edmund's NSCC and Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT, she took on the role of becoming a 50 Things Project Administrator.