Meet the Team
STRATEGIC LEAD, WIMBORNE TEACHING SCHOOL
I am currently the Strategic Lead for WTS and CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust. Together with WTS Programme Leads, I ensure the Teaching School offers a relevant, bespoke service with the aim of enhancing education across Dorset and beyond. This is done through professional development opportunities and school to school collaboration and support.
I am National Leader of Education with the main objective of supporting schools in need of improvement. I am also an educational specialist adviser supporting the Regional Schools Commissioner in delivering school improvement across the region. I Chair the Dorset School Improvement Partnership Board which identifies school support priorities throughout Dorset, prepares bids to assist schools requiring support and developing a network to improve school to school support throughout the region and beyond.
DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL, ST. JOHN’S CE FIRST SCHOOL
I have been teaching for 22 years across three different authorities: Dorset, Hampshire and Bournemouth. I am currently Deputy Head of School and Early Years Lead at St. John’s First School. I am also currently Pupil Premium and English lead. During my career I have taught across all age ranges from reception to year 6 in first, infant and primary schools. Whilst teaching in Hampshire I was a Deputy Headteacher and also Acting Headteacher for a short while. During this role I gained my NPQH. I have been a NQT Mentor/Co-ordinator for most of my career and I have also been involved in many ITT programmes including SCITT and PGCE’s. Whilst teaching in Bournemouth I was a Lead Teacher for Phonics and had the privilege of working with many different schools. I also took part in the Every Child a Writer Project. During this time I also had significant experience as a local authority moderator for Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Most recently I have been providing school support for schools with a particular focus on Early Years and English. I am also the EYFS lead for Wimborne Academy Trust.
HEAD OF SCHOOL, ST. JOHN’S CE FIRST SCHOOL
I have been teaching for over 20 years, working in authorities across the country: East London, West Sussex, Southampton and Devon. I have taught predominantly in Primary Schools teaching all year groups from Reception to Yr 6 and have been part of the team at St John’s First School since 2010. Throughout my teaching career I have led curriculum subjects, with a focus on Maths, Humanities and RE.
I am currently part of the Jurassic Maths Hub Steering Group and Strategic Lead for the Singapore Approach to Maths. I work with schools across the county and beyond providing CPD opportunities to support understanding of how the Singapore approach, using high quality textbooks, develops a mastery approach in Maths. I have led the implementation of the Maths – No Problem! material within St John’s First and across Wimborne Academy Trust.
St John’s is a Church of England school and I have led the school worship curriculum and church school distinctiveness. We gained an Outstanding SIAMS rating in June 2014 and I have subsequently supported other church schools.
I am a SLE for Maths and Church school distinctiveness.
HEADTEACHER, WEST MOORS MIDDLE SCHOOL
I have been teaching for 20 years in Dorset schools. In my first 7 years, I was science coordinator within two Dorset middle schools, whilst also being part of Dorset's Leading Teacher Scheme. Following this, I spent five years as a science consultant within the Local Authority's Secondary Strategy Team.
Alongside my science responsibilities, I also led the county's approach to 'Leading in Learning', which was a whole school initiative to develop thinking skills across the curriculum. I was an assessor for Dorset's Graduate Teacher Training Programme and I have been a visiting tutor for their NQT induction scheme. Alongside my current rewarding role as Headteacher of West Moors Middle, I continue to facilitate Dorset’s Middle Leader Network, which is now on its third cohort. I also provide bespoke packages of support for middle leaders in their school settings.
ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER, ALLENBOURN MIDDLE SCHOOL
I am a primary trained teacher and have worked across the age-range of KS1, KS2 and KS3. Previously working in Bournemouth, I was a Literacy Subject Leader and Head of Year before moving to Allenbourn Middle School. I have worked as a professional mentor, been a part of the KS2 writing moderation team in Bournemouth and Dorset and delivered English subject training and moderation events in a range of contexts, including the Dorset Subject Leaders Conference.
I have been an SLE for Wimborne Teaching School since September 2016. My areas of expertise are English leadership, curriculum design and assessment.
PA TO CEO AND BUSINESS DIRECTOR/ADMINISTRATOR, WIMBORNE TEACHING SCHOOL
I joined Wimborne Academy Trust as PA to the CEO and Business Director in April 2015 and as Administrator for the Teaching School in November 2016. I have worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as PA to the Deputy Group Chief Executive of Thirteen Housing Group, the largest group of housing associations in the North East, in the top 25 nationally and one of the top 10 employers in the North East of England.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Social Studies, a Certificate in School Business Management and Diploma in Administrative Management.
Prior to PA/Administration positions, I worked in education and was responsible for managing the free nursery entitlement grant across the private sector on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council. I held the position of Business Support Officer to the childcare sector at the same local authority. I also worked at Business Link Tees Valley as Business Information Researcher selling business information, carrying out financial checks and research to aid a company’s expansion/development.
HEADTEACHER, ALLENBOURN MIDDLE SCHOOL
I have been teaching for 17 years and have worked in three local authorities – Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Prior to teaching, I worked for the Local Authority in Hertfordshire as a Special Educational Needs Officer. I then trained as a secondary History Teacher and worked in secondary schools for nearly ten years in a range of roles including Class Teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding lead.
In September 2010, I became Deputy Headteacher at West Moors Middle School (WMMS). Having been at WMMS for two years, I then became Headteacher there in September 2013, leading the school from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in April of 2015. I have been Head at Allenbourn Middle School since September 2015.
HEADTEACHER, COLEHILL FIRST SCHOOL
I have taught for 29 years in five very diverse school settings across Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth and Dorset. I have experience of first, primary and middle schools, teaching all year groups from year 1 to year 7 inclusive. Since 2005, I have been Headteacher at Colehill First School, Wimborne, which has twice been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Prior to taking up this post I held Deputy Headships in schools in Bournemouth and Winchester. My areas of subject expertise include mathematics, geography, history and English. I have seven years experience in providing school to school support, firstly as a School Improvement Partner and latterly as a Headteacher contributor to Teaching School support packages, working alongside an NLE.
I currently lead the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme for Wimborne Teaching School.
Headteacher - Hayeswood First School
I began my teaching career 36 years ago in a small village school in Somerset, teaching EYFS
and all of KS1 in a class of 35 children. My husband and I moved to Hampshire where I
taught one of three EYFS classes in a very large Infant School.
After a 6 year break to have my daughters, I returned to work at a Dorset First School, again
teaching in EYFS. I then moved to a village school where I taught across the age ranges and
stayed for 17 years. During my time there I became the Wimborne Small Schools Cluster
coordinator, working with 8 headteachers to manage the Small Schools Cluster budget and
organise events for the 8 schools. With the Deputy Head being promoted to the post of
Headteacher, I became Assistant Head. We led the school to Outstanding in our Ofsted
inspection and I was asked by Dorset to become a Leading Teacher for Writing. In this role I
supported staff in 2 schools and worked with them to raise standards in Writing.
I became Headteacher at Hayeswood First School in January 2012. Since September 2016 I
have led the Wimborne Teaching School’s NQT programme. In collaboration with two other
teaching schools, we organise conferences and quality assure the provision the NQTs
receive in their schools.