After leaving university, I spent some time working in a special school in Bristol and from the moment I walked through the door, I knew it was the career for me! I completed my final teaching practice in a special school and began my teaching career in Bristol. I have always worked in the specialist sector and have taught across all key stages. I have experience of teaching in schools for children with severe and complex needs, as well as social, emotional and mental health needs, and have learned so much from every child I have worked with. I enjoy identifying barriers to learning and finding different ways to remove them, working in partnerships with families.
I am excited to be part of the Leadership Team at Silverwood School, and I am thoroughly looking forward to contributing to the progress and development of the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children and families in Wiltshire.
I qualified as a teacher in 1995, and began my career in a large Junior School in Swindon.
In 2001, I decided to further my career within the Special Education Sector and joined the team at Rowdeford School. I came to the school for a visit and loved it so much I never left! I have been part of the Middle Leadership team for many years, and have been the SENCO for over 10 years.
Being part of Silverwood Senior Leadership Team is a privilege and I am keen to help co-ordinate provision, to create innovative packages of support and ensure the best outcomes for all pupils. There is a never a day that goes by, where I am not blown away with the resilience, determination and tenacity of our pupils and they really do deserve the very best.
My husband is a Head teacher and we love to enjoy family holidays back in Devon where we both trained as teachers. We love taking our three teenage children on holiday to enjoy some family time, and usually a cream tea or two!
I qualified as a Primary Teacher in 2002. As I worked with children with complex needs in my early career, they taught me more about different ways to see the world and adaptations to education than any of my lecturers ever had! This led to a desire to specialise further. I have worked in a range of schools across the South and have been in a number of leadership positions in Mainstream Primary, and Special School provision. Following a move to Wiltshire in 2010, I worked in a Primary Resource Base whilst completing a Master Level course in ASD and Social Communication Difficulties with Bath Spa University. I then moved to work in Rowdeford School in 2012.
I am passionate about every learner achieving their potential and always have an eye on their future – using their aspirations to direct the learning journey. I have a teenage daughter and in my spare time, you will find me either cycling in South Wales or walking.
I have worked in education since 2002 and have been part of specialist education since 2005. I am very fortunate that the inspiring colleagues, awesome young people and the qualifications I have gained have equipped me for the challenges and joys of working at Silverwood School.
I have enjoyed a variety of roles in education, including Deputy Headteacher, SENCo, specialist teacher for students with autism, and English Teacher in a comprehensive school. I am passionate about inclusion and enabling all young people to belong, thrive and contribute to an inclusive and ever improving society. Through leading our Silverwood School SEN Support and Training I am honoured to work with a wide range of settings. Our outreach work expands our school’s sphere of influence well beyond our school gates. I am proud to be part of a school founded on universal positive values that guide us to be an inclusive community committed to great education and to making the world a better place.
I have 2 young sons and in our spare time we love finding beautiful spaces to walk, play, run, bike and eat picnics!
I have been teaching since 1998, in a variety of different settings, with experience of teaching from Nursery to Year 11. My specialism is with the primary phase and this is where I enjoy teaching the most.
I spent a considerable amount of time working as a SENCo and Inclusion Manager within a large primary school, where my passion for supporting pupils with additional needs grew. I began teaching in the specialist school environment in 2013 and have enjoyed every moment; and have been challenged in more ways than one! Working as an Assistant Headteacher has given me the ability to be both an educator and a leader and I am keen to use these skills as part of the Silverwood School team.
I joined Silverwood School in 2019 and have seen many developments and significant changes during this time. I am privileged to be starting my third year being part of the Silverwood Senior Leadership Team working alongside an innovative and dedicated team to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils. It enjoy getting to know our hardworking, resilient and kind pupils as well as supporting their families.
My background is Recruitment and Human Resources and I became CIPD Level 7 qualified in 2011. I recently successfully completed my Level 4 School Business Manager Diploma and am looking to pursue my next stage of studies. I currently manage the Pupil Services Team spread across each of the campuses.
I have three sons, including identical twins, which keep me busy and as a family we enjoy cycling, dog walking with our dog River. I enjoy running as well as watching a variety of sports.
Since qualifying as a teacher 1993, the majority of my teaching commitments included Mathematics, ICT and PE. Over 17 years of my experience has been at Senior Leadership level. I enjoyed over six years of success as Deputy Head in a large and successful mainstream secondary school as well as two years in the role of Deputy Head in a Special School for children with Complex Needs (11-16). More recently I successfully fulfilled the role of Head Teacher at Rowdeford School.
I believe in education for all. Everybody has the right to succeed regardless of race, gender, special educational needs or wealth. I believe that as educators we need to provide a happy, safe and calm environment, where all young people can develop values which foster a positive community, as well as giving them the opportunity to achieve more than they thought possible. I have two sons and in my spare time I enjoy running, as well as watching sport; I am particularly keen on Cricket and Rugby.
Since 2001, I have worked within the education sector. As Headteacher and Chief Executive of a Multi-Academy Trust, I have gained a wide range of leadership experience across secondary, primary, and special schools. Throughout my teaching career, I have been fortunate to work with some amazing colleagues who have influenced my practice, inspired me, and kept me professionally challenged. I have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation and have a passion for developing leaders and raising outcomes for all pupils.
My aim is to lead Silverwood School in an exciting period of development, ensuring we work in an inclusive System of Excellence where all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can thrive in an outstanding provision. Moreover, I am keen to work and influence education with colleagues across the county and beyond the boundary of the Local Authority. I have three daughters and in my spare time, I enjoy running, photography and watching sport - from a safe distance!
Following my graduation in 1994 from what is now Bath Spa University, I started my teaching career working in a Middle school in Dorset. I was SENCo for 6 years before moving onto a Head of Learning Support role in a large secondary school in Wiltshire. Since then I have held two Deputy Head posts in 3-19 Special School provisions (spanning 15 years) within Somerset and Wiltshire for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties and complex autism. I have gained extensive experience and specialist knowledge – this continues to grow with every child I meet.
My greatest professional achievement is to see the pupils grow, develop and thrive into valued young people and to know that I have played an active role in supporting them and their families.
I am now fortunate to be part of Silverwood School and am looking forward to seeing the impact of what we do for our amazing children and young people.
I have worked in education for the last 22 years. I have been a Deputy Head teacher in 3 different schools, both mainstream and Special Ed. I started my career as a PE teacher, and at times you will still see me dust off my hockey stick.
I have a Bachelor of Education degree and the National Professional Qualification in Headship. My specialist areas are Safeguarding and Behaviour. I believe that to be able to learn, children need to be safe, have their needs met and be happy.
I am honoured to be a Head of Learning at Silverwood School and to part of a new and exciting era for Special Educational Needs in Wiltshire. I love working as part of a dynamic leadership team to ensuring that we provide the best education possible for the young people in our care. In my spare time, I still enjoy playing and watching sport. I have two dogs and several chickens. I enjoy going on holiday, and always take the chance when I am away, to go diving in warm waters!