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Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team oversee a wide range of key areas such as educational monitoring, assessment and data analysis, curriculum development, attendance, welfare and safeguarding, SENDCo, emotional and behavioural support, finance, compliance, premises management, marketing and business support.



Welcome to our Senior Leadership Team:

Mr Matthew Jordan - Executive Headteacher

Mr. Jordan is the Executive Headteacher of both Phoenix St. Peter Academy and Gunton Primary Academy, and responsible for the overall development and improvement of both schools. 

Mr Jordan can be contacted by email at:



Mrs Terri Freeman - Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead and SEND Coordinator

Mrs. Freeman is our Deputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENCo and can be contacted by email at:

Terri was formally the Deputy Headteacher at Northfield St. Nicholas Primary Academy for many years and trained as a PE Teacher; she has a wealth of experience in supporting children with SEND, ensuring that every child, including those with SEND, achieve the very best they can.

She is delighted to be at Phoenix St. Peter and is looking forward to supporting the school's continued development and improvement for many years to come.

Mrs. Emily Hayes - KS1 Lead, Literacy Lead and Alternate DSL

Mrs. Hayes is a long-standing member of staff and also our Assistant Headteacher. She is responsible for our school's curriculum, literacy, as well as for Early Years and Key Stage 1.  Mrs. Hayes is also an Alternate Designated Safeguarding Officer and can be contacted by email at:



Mrs. Lianne Buck - Maths & Music Lead 

Mrs. Buck joined Phoenix in September 2022, having relocated to Lowestoft with her family from London. Mrs. Buck is an experienced senior teacher and subject lead for maths and music.

She is very excited to be working in our small community primary school.

Mrs. Buck can be contacted by email at:


Mrs Kirsten Ward, Business Manager

Mrs Ward is our School Business Manager and can be contacted by email at:

Kirsten joined Phoenix St. Peter Academy in January 2021, having previously been an SBM for two local primary schools, before working at a central Trust as the Company Secretary and PA to the CEO. After a number of years in this post, she decided to return to school life and was delighted to be appointed at Phoenix St. Peter Primary, having grown up in Kirkley and Phoenix being her own Primary school, albeit many years ago!