GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Our Schools

Banbury Region

Banstead Region

Berkshire & Hampshire Region

Caterham Region

Crawley Region

Didcot Region

Epsom Region

London Boroughs

Redhill Region

Sunbury & Camberley Region



Sharon stead

Sharon Stead


"As a passionate champion for girls’ education, I’m delighted to be on the SSB for the wonderful school that is Rosebery. I have been in many schools and have witnessed for myself a particularly supportive community here. As we shift towards something approaching greater equality for all in this country, it’s never been more important to instil in young women the skills, ambition and confidence to seize opportunities and make their mark in the world. Rosebery is the perfect launch-pad for students to reach their potential and it is a privilege to be a small part of their journey."

Previously an English teacher and leader in the independent sector, Sharon now trains teachers and develops mentors to be outstanding practitioners in some of the toughest schools in London. Her MA is in Educational Leadership and Innovation specialising in distributed leadership models. She runs a bespoke book charity in UK and Ghana and is working towards being an accredited professional coach.


Patrick WatkinsonPatrick Watkinson

Vice Chair

"I am History, Classical Civilization and Learning Support Teacher at Ewell Castle School. My daughter attends Rosebery in the Sixth Form and it was the warm and inclusive welcome that she received, the inspirational pastoral attention and the care that my daughter and by extension, the rest of the student body at Rosebery, receives that attracted me to the school. Teaching was not my first career, having spent many years working in the performing arts industry, which is in essence, a process of identifying and solving problems, a skill I hope that will be of some use in my new challenge of being a member of Rosebery's School Standards Board. I am looking forward to getting to know Rosebery and its way!"

After undertaking the Stage Management course at RADA, Patrick spent many years working in the performing arts industry, in production and creative positions. A career that took him around the world in various media including Theatre, Opera and Contemporary Circus. A developing interest in History and Classics from working on certain productions led to a BA(hons) in History and then finally listening to a friend's recommendation to 'try teaching'. Patrick can't imagine any other profession containing so much fun and satisfaction in helping others see the world around them in the glorious 'Technicolor' that it is.


Lisa chan

Lisa Chan

"I am super excited to act as a Community School Standards Board Member as I am passionate about supporting individuals to be the best they can be. I look forward to working as part of a team, to ensure the school and its students can thrive in a safe and progressive environment, supported by wider community participation."

Lisa has worked in learning and development roles within government departments for several years, supporting apprentices and graduates to attain various qualifications and progress at pace within the Civil Service, as well as ensuring colleagues in the wider working community have access to, and funding for, learning opportunities to progress their professional careers.


Alexandra smithAlexandra Smith

"As a parent of a student who joined Rosebery only this year, I am excited to be a new member of the School Standards Board. I look forward to shaping and supporting the future of Rosebery through the SSB’s engagement with its leadership team, vision and strategy. Rosebery is a community of brilliant young minds and supporting students’ all round development is central to why I chose to serve on this Board."

Alex is a senior civil servant and has enjoyed a twenty-year career working across a variety of roles in different government departments, including in learning and development. Alex has a background in Philosophy and International Relations and is currently working towards a PhD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. She is a keen swimmer and is a member of the Epsom District Swimming Club Masters Squad. Alex previously served as a Governor at a primary school in Sussex where she was the KS1 and Communications Lead.


Mrs Kat Sutton, Governor BW

Kat Sutton

"As a former Rosebery pupil, I am delighted to have joined the School Standards Board and am excited to get to know more about the school today and how it has changed since I left many years ago. I am passionate about the role that schools and education more broadly can play in shaping future generations of leaders and change makers, and look forward to working with the other SSB members and school leadership team to deliver the best possible opportunities for the Rosebery students of today and tomorrow."

Kat is the Director of Communications at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. She leads the communications team and is responsible for IIGCC’s communications strategy and delivery across all practice areas, initiatives and partnerships. Kat has more than a decade of communications experience in the investment management industry, having previously worked at Schroders and BlueOrchard in a range of roles focusing on corporate communications, media relations, digital marketing and sustainability communications. She holds a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Kent.


Khalid saifKhalid Saif Ullah

"Being a father of four (three daughters, two of them studying at Rosebery) I feel proud that I have the opportunity as a member of SSB, to contribute towards making strategies for the school to enhance and provide conducive educational environment and character building for pupils."

Khalid completed a Masters of Arts in Economics and LLB and has been a professional lawyer for over twenty four years. He has been affiliated with humanitarian organisations where he also gained managerial and human resource management experience and also worked for several years as General Secretary and other positions of a non-profit institution. Twice he was elected as member of Executive Committee of Islamabad Bar Association. During his academic years he represented his school, college and university and inter university sports at national level. These teamwork and leadership experiences have given him an edge in communicating at all levels. Khalid can therefore put all his experiences to a purposeful test for the benefit of school. Lastly, he has a continuous urge to work for humanity and dedicate some of his time on social improvement.

Phil8Philip Trew

"With my daughter having completed her A Levels at Rosebery last year, and heading off to university, I have recent experience of the first rate education and opportunities on offer to pupils. I want to use my skills and knowledge developed in the corporate world over 30 years to support and develop the school to ensure that future students continue to have the same opportunities or even better. As a fluent Spanish speaker I am passionate about the benefits languages can bring to a person's development. I also have an interest in SEND provision and how a fully inclusive school environment can help children flourish."

Phil is a senior change and strategy leader with extensive UK and international experience heading strategy development and operations across the Financial Services, Technology, Office Equipment & Security sectors. Having worked in multiple industry sectors and varied positions, he is a highly adaptable individual used to working in different business environments and organisational structures, creating strategic visions and delivering their execution.