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.



Sharon stead

Sharon Stead - Chair

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.


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.


Khalid saif

Ullah Khalid Saif

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.

Ullah 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. Ullah 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.


David ward

David Ward

David has worked in education for over 20 years, teaching ICT & Computing in a range of secondary schools, and PRU’s (Pupil Referral Units). He is now Director of School Improvement for a Trust that specialises in PRU schools. The founding school in the Trust is also a Behaviour Lead school in the DfE’s Behaviour Hub programme, and David is supporting schools across the country in this area. His interests lie in staff development, curriculum, teaching and learning, data, tracking and interventions and assessment.


Patrick Watkinson

Patrick Watkinson

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.


Alexandra smith

Alexandra 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.