Governors and Senior Leadership Team

The Cavendish School is part of Eastern Learning Alliance. Formed in 2020, Eastern Learning Alliance is a merger between Cambridgeshire Educational Trust (CET) and Morris Education Trust (MET), two of Cambridgeshire’s most successful and ambitious academy trusts.


Julie is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education within the University of Cambridge. Through her work, she spends much of her time supporting university students, including those with autism, and this work has fuelled her passion to help build The Cavendish School and its community. Julie has been heavily involved in the development of The Cavendish School since the beginning of 2018, lending a supportive and critical eye to the progress of the design and plans for the school, as part of the steering group. Julie will be responsible for recruiting governors who can support the team in building a school community that allows the students to achieve, make progress and experience success. Julie is also a local parent, with children currently studying at Impington Village College.

Senior Leadership Team

Ryan is the Deputy CEO of Eastern Learning Alliance, a new role that he took on in September 2020, following five extremely successful years as the Principal of Impington Village College (IVC). During his time as Principal, IVC consistently ranked in the top performing schools in Cambridgeshire and the top 10% nationally, while remaining true to its inclusive ethos annually supporting over 90 students with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs). Ryan’s commitment to inclusive practice is well known locally having chaired the East and South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership (ESCIP) for the last four years, ensuring no students in the area have been permanently excluded and that the most vulnerable receive the additional support they require to succeed; based on this success he has recently taken on a similar role for the Cambridge city schools. Ryan is also chair of the Local Governing Body of TBAP Cambridge, the counties Alternative Provision School, for student at risk of exclusion and has helped them to improve the educational provision and opportunities for students that mainstream education has failed to adequately provide. Ryan’s new role incorporates the responsibility to deliver on the promise of outstanding education for students with autism in Cambridge by recruiting and supporting an excellent Headteacher and staff body and opening The Cavendish School in 2021.

Stephanie has over ten years’ worth of experience working in and alongside the autism community across mainstream primaries, secondaries and special schools. Stephanie joins us having previously been a leader at Medeshamstede Academy in Peterborough where she taught and worked with students, aged 4 – 16, with autism. While pursuing a personal interest, Stephanie first discovered a passion for helping those with special educational needs by attending a variety of autism courses – such as the National Autistic Society Early Bird course. During this time, she realised that she wanted to become a part of the solution for the barriers to education that students with autism are facing. As daily lead and SENDCo at The Cavendish School, Stephanie will be working closely with all of our students and their families, to create a safe and nurturing school environment so that students can be themselves and thrive. Stephanie will be involved with overseeing the students admissions process, building our staff team and will act as a point of communication with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to ensure that the curriculum is both aligned with the IB philosophy and meeting the specific needs of the school community.

Leah is the SENCo at Impington Village College, an inclusive mainstream secondary school and sixth form, with two Enhanced Resource Bases for students with high levels of SEND. Leah has experience coordinating support for students, including many with autism, to allow them to access mainstream lessons with their peers, alongside targeted therapies and individualised approaches as required to help them achieve excellent outcomes, both academically and personally. Leah will be using her experience and person-centered approach to support the team during the run up to the opening of the school, including helping families through the application process.