I qualified in 1996 with a BEd (Hons) degree in Science and Outdoor Education and have worked throughout the UK teaching Science, Sport and Citizenship in a number of different educational settings. I relocated to Devon in 2008 to take up a position as Head of Science at Newton Abbot College. In 2013 I was appointed as Deputy Principal at Devon Studio School where I assumed responsibility for SEND, Inclusion and Vulnerable Students. I started as Principal of South West Devon Academy in September 2017.
I have significant experience within the primary setting and am an experienced Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) with a background in inclusion, behaviour and emotional wellbeing. Further to my experience within education I have also been employed as a manager for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). During my time within CAMHS I led the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) Team and held interim responsibility for both the Primary Mental Health Work (PMHW) Team and the Infant Mental Health (IMH) Team. I started as Vice Principal at South West Devon Academy in April 2017.
My teaching career started in Somerset at a Secondary School in 1994. Since then I have lived and worked in Devon carrying out a number of roles including Head of PE and Outdoor Education, Link Tutor, Manager of the Oak Valley Centre and SENCo. I have worked across all Key Stages, with students at home, at school and in centres. My current position enables me to work with young people ensuring that they feel safe and their needs are met. My aim is to facilitate our students in gaining resilience, academically and emotionally; to help them thrive, succeed and have choices in adult life.
Senior Lead for Medical Needs
I have worked as a teacher in mainstream schools in Devon for the last 11 years: as a Lead in a Dyslexia Base, as a SENCO, and as a teacher and Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator for SWDA. Prior to that I worked in the London area and Dorset as a mainstream teacher, SENCO and Speech and Language Specialist. I have a particular interest in literacy and numeracy development and hold a specialist qualification in teaching and assessing for literacy difficulties. I also hold the National SENCO qualification. In my current role with SWDA I coordinate the provision for students with medical needs in an outreaching setting and at our base in Marldon. My focus is to work with the students, their families and others supporting them to find paths to accessing education and enjoying learning.
Learning and Standards Manager (South and West Devon Academy Dartington)
I began my career in a mainstream school in Barry, South Wales in 1995. I worked in several schools as Head of Department and Lead Practitioner before moving to the South West in 2003. For ten years I was Head of Maths and Physical Education at a Plymouth school for students with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties prior to joining South and West Devon Academy in November 2014. I believe that the key to achieving success is to work as a team and work to a common goal to deliver outstanding personalised, child-centred curriculum within an innovative and enriching environment.
SENDco and Additional and Complex Needs Coordinator
I have worked in Alternative Provision in South and West Devon for ten years. Prior this I had seven years’ experience of working in mainstream schools. I work as Additional and Complex Needs Coordinator responsible for students attending our Dartington Centre and also outreach students in South Hams and West Devon. My responsibilities include providing appropriate interventions and programmes for students, gathering evidence to apply for EHCPs, and monitoring the progress of students who have special educational needs and the impact of the support that we offer them. I am passionate about supporting the whole child in order for them to achieve and fulfil their potential.
Engagement Team Lead
Having qualified in 2009 with a degree in BA (Hons) Primary Education (Initial Teacher Training), I started working as a primary school teacher firstly in Redditch and then Cheltenham. During those 7 years I led whole school development in Modern Foreign Languages, Computing and developed a passion for working alongside children who were struggling to engage with main stream education; this I took forward as I started to take on pastoral responsibilities across the school. In 2016 I joined Mayfield’s Chestnut Centre in Torbay as an Intensive Outreach Support Worker, working alongside children, schools and families to reduce exclusion, raise standards of inclusion within schools and promote better outcomes for children in education and at home. I joined South and West Devon Academy in November 2017 as Engagement Team Lead.
Student Support Manager (South and West Devon Academy Marldon)
I have been working in Education for just over 10 years, since joining as a Teaching Assistant for the Key Stage 4 Pupil Referral Unit based at our Marldon site. I built up my experience by working closely with the students and being responsible for coordinating ICT. I then furthered my career by studying to gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant status so that I was able to support and teach a variety of subjects. In 2010 I was appointed to my position, which is based at our Marldon site, working with students with medical and emotional needs. In my current role I am now very involved with the wellbeing of our students and liaising with professionals. I am passionate about ensuring that the students feel safe and secure so they are able to access their full potential.