Meet the team...





Our team trained in the following:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Sexual Health Awarness training
  • Preventing bullying behaviour
  • Safeguarding Children

If you would like to contact Ad Astra or are seeking advice involving a child, please contact our team on 01904 449846 or send an email to

Alternatively you can send an enquiry via our online contact form.





Sam Shaw : Managing Director

Sam Shaw

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  • Fully CRB/DBS checked

  • Child safeguarding officer

  • Foster Carer

  • YCC aproved child mentor

  • Duke of Edinburgh instructor

  • Children’s Charity Manager for three years 

  • Trained Outward Bound First Aider

  • Construction Industry 14 years

  • Member of The Guild Of Master Craftsmen

  • Chas registered

  • City & Guilds in Construction  



  • Broaden horizons

  • Reintegrate young people to school

  • Engage and mentor young people with challenging behaviour

  • Use my experiences in life to educate and progress young people

Lyz Shaw: Director & Company Secretary

Elizabeth Louise Shaw

Tel: 01904 449846


  • Full CRB/DBS
  • Foster Carer
  • Advanced Training
  • Level 2 Business Administrator
  • First Aider
  • FHT Accredited

Mike Sutton : Area Manager & Mentor

Mike Sutton

Tel: 01904 449846

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  • NVQ level 2 in Agriculture

  • BIEC Certificate

  • • Working with children in the environment.
    • Wildlife habitats in spring

  • Angling Trust level 2 angling coach

  • CAST Award coach 
  • Full CRB/DBS

Julia Crane: Head of Education

Julia Crane

Tel: 01904 449846


  • Enhanced DBS
  • PGCE English and History: University of Leeds (2000)
  • BA (Hons) Literature and History: Leeds Metropolitan University (1999)
  • 18 years experience teaching KS3-5 including 5 years as a senior leader
  • Lead Practitioner coaching and mentoring staff



  • To provide high quality, personalised education in an alternative setting
  • To plan, deliver and quality assure bespoke learning pathways
  • To promote positive attitudes to learning and help our learners build resilience 
  • To support learners to achieve recognised qualifications which will support them in the world of work



Julia joined Ad Astra in May 2018 as Education Officer. She has been a teacher for 18 years, working with students across the age and ability range. During this time, she has developed a broad range of skills and experience which help ensure that the students she teaches receive the best possible care and preparation for the next steps in their personal and academic life. Her consistently high level of teaching and skill has been recognised through internal and external review, including reference in published Ofsted inspections. She is currently working on an oracy project, which seeks to build the verbal skills and confidence which are vital to success both inside and beyond the classroom.


Julia has a proven track record of success and impact throughout her career. She has held a wide variety of roles, including Head of English in two schools, Assistant Headteacher: Achievement, Lead Director of English for a large multi academy trust and most recently as Lead Practitioner for teaching and learning at Abbey Multi Academy Trust in Leeds.


Julia is very excited to be working with the team to develop a unique curriculum offer which is built on the needs of the students and Ad Astra’s fantastic partnerships, facilities and resources.

Thomas Mulvenna: Mentor & Teaching Assistant


Thomas Mulvenna

Tel: 01904 449846



  • Level 3 Communication & professional relationships with children, young people & adults.
  • Level 3 Schools as organisations
  • Level 3 Support learning activities
  • Level 3 Promote children & young people's positive behaviour
  • Level 3 Develop professional relationships with children, young people & adults
  • Level 3 Promote equality, diversity & inclusion in work with children & young people
  • Level 3 Support assessment for learning
  • Level 3 Support numeracy development
  • Level 3 Support disabled children & young people & those with special educational needs
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools
  • 7 years experience fittness coatching & engaging dissengaged young people
  • Full DBS/CRB
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Office:  01904 449846

Mobile: 07834 697640


You can also use our contact form.

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