Senior Leadership Team
Deputy Head - Teaching and Learning
BA Hons Education, Master of Education (SEND), PG Cert in National Award SENCo
I am proud to work in an exceptional environment where staff truly understand individual needs and consequently, students achieve well and are happy. My passion and knowledge in SEN/D have been supported through the successful completion of a Master’s Degree in SEN/D, as well as the National Award for SEN/D Coordination. My experience as a senior leader has given me various opportunities to promote school improvement through: the implementation of a range of evidence based interventions, resulting in accelerated progress; building up a ‘package’ of support for learners with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; the introduction of various robust systems to improve awareness of individual needs; and promoting high quality collaborative work with outside professionals, teachers and parents / carers.
My new remit includes responsibility for the quality of Teaching and Learning, where I have thoroughly enjoyed introducing new staff training approaches following an Action Research model. Pleasingly, this has seen teachers take real ownership of their own learning and development. I am also enjoying collecting student voice at every opportunity, and using this to help inform our practice.
Assistant Head - Data and Curriculum
BA Hons Maths Education/QTS
I have been teaching Maths for 15 years, the last 4 of which have been as Head of Maths at Northease. I have been a member of the SLT team for the last year and a half, taking responsibility for Data and Curriculum. The main aspects of my role involve: analysis of data to inform strategy at both whole school and classroom level; ensuring effective interventions are put in place to address underachievement; continuing to work with staff to develop and plan the curriculum to meet the needs of all students; leading and managing the options process for study in year 10 and 11; and (the greatest puzzle of all) timetabling.
Assistant Head - Welfare and Engagement (Pastoral)
BA Hons English /QTS
I have worked at Northease Manor School since May 2012. I started as an English teacher and for the last 3 years I have been Head of Faculty for English and Drama. I am very proud of the work we have done within the English department and the results we have achieved, exceeding mainstream outcomes year on year. Whilst training for my degree, I worked in numerous educational settings, all focussed around special educational needs. One of my most powerful experiences was working with College Central in their Pupil Referral Units. This gave me the opportunity to work with a vast range of pupils who had disengaged with education.
Northease is a very exceptional place to work. Over the years I have had the privilege to see how it transforms the lives of our students. I am extremely excited and proud to be able to undertake the role of Assistant Headteacher for the pastoral care. My educational philosophy is firmly based around the students being at the heart of all decisions. I strongly believe whatever their individual learning needs, they have the potential to succeed in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
Having worked at the school for the last 5 years, I feel I have firmly established positive relationships with our students, parents and carers. I am very happy to be able to support our students with their pastoral needs throughout their Northease journey.
Assistant Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Boarding and Staff Welfare
PG Dip; Dip Hyp; Cert Hol; Pttls, DSL - Level 3 Safeguarding and Child Protection
I am very driven and clear on my aims and ambitions to further enhance the superb range of supported learning and development on offer here at the school. I bring 31 years' experience of working with children, young people and families across youth agencies, charities, play, family work and therapies. I have also worked for many years supporting schools to develop strong safeguarding practice, and I led a Quality Assurance programme across Brighton and Hove ('Let's Protect') which was set up to ensure that organisations working with children have safe and practical policies & procedures, follow 'safer recruitment' protocol and work to best practice standards.
In 2014 I was involved in the setting up of an Early Help Hub and led an Early Help team until August 2016, working alongside the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub).
I have been a member of the LSCB and a Safeguarding and Child Protection trainer and consultant since 2006.
I am currently implementing a whole school approach to achieving and maintaining high standards and assuring that the quality of provision across the whole school, including Boarding, is the highest quality it can possibly be.
Our students are at the heart of everything we do. This is why I am fully dedicated to ensuring that the staff are well equipped and supported to offer the very best standard of teaching and care possible. Northease is simply a magical place to work.