About Sharon Gray OBE
Sharon has been a Headteacher for 18 years. This includes 12 years headship leading special schools including residential units for children and young people experiencing severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and 6 years as the Headteacher of a larger than average mainstream school with an enhanced provision for children excluded from other schools due to experiencing significant social emotional and mental health difficulties. Sharon has also led two nurture units and a provision for vulnerable 2 year olds. During this time Sharon became the Executive Head whilst supporting an additional school in need. All three settings that Sharon led were judged as Outstanding by Ofsted. She has also been an Ofsted inspector for 9 years and is a BSO accredited inspector.
Sharon is currently an Education Consultant at Wholehearted Learning, a co-opted member of ‘engage in their future’ – representing special schools nationally for young people experiencing severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties. She is also a member of the Youth Justice board – with the strategic overview project lead; of education in custody and the development of our first secure school.
Sharon is a published author and describes her work and purpose as taking a systemic approach to help adults, teams, school, communities, local authorities to create environments that enrich the emotional well-being, creativity and learning of children and young people. The focus being to release a child’s innate desire to learn and for them to discover joy in their learning and so achieve the best outcomes possible.
Her philosophy is one of authentic inclusion and her aim is for everyone within the community that she works with to see themselves as a responsible and vital part of securing positive outcomes for all.
Sharon’s website: www.sharongray.org
You can find and follow Sharon on Twitter at: @SgraySharon
Embark Federation is an Education charitable trust that serves 3000 children and their families. Formed in January 2019, it now works with 9 schools, (soon to become 12) in four different areas across Derbyshire. The shared vision for the trust is to “create schools that ‘stand out’ at the heart of their communities.” The trust has 4 core beliefs Family, Integrity, Teamwork and Success that are integral to everything they do.
Throughout the pandemic, Embark have linked up with the inspirational Sharon Gray OBE to work with our incredible staff and leaders on a Recovery and Reconnection Programme. The piece of work they have produced is brilliant and has received national acclaim. It was celebrated in every National and Local newspaper on the 2nd June and has been endorsed by leading professionals such as Professor Barry Carpenter, Anne Longfield.
Embark Federation & Sharon Gray’s Recovery Approach in the news
Barry Carpenter’s website: https://barrycarpentereducation.com