Cambian Home Tree School
Melanie Higgs

Interim Head Teacher

Melanie Higgs

Telephone: 01945 660988

"I have been working in education for over 25 years; in Primary, Secondary and Special needs schools I trained for a degree in educational psychology with Open University later in life and became focused on special needs and mental health within education. 


While working at an SEN provision catering to 11 to 16 year old with mild to moderate learning difficulties and/or social, emotional and behaviour difficulties. I worked as a lead teacher providing support to colleagues in areas such as behaviour management and curriculum delivery. I also managed the school with support of a part time Headteacher as well as teaching, English, Mathematics and Science.

 

I joined Cambian Home Tree School in June 2015 and supported the school with the development of assessment, administration of exams, behaviour and teaching eventually becoming Deputy Head and then Interim Headteacher. I have developed my focus on mental health in education and try to create an environment within the school that encourages academic progress for all alongside supporting mental health needs.

 

When I am not working I like to spend time with my family and my dog Maverick."

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Julie Belverstone

School Secretary

Julie Belverstone

Telephone: 01945 660988

"Julie has a rich range of experience in finance and administration. Julie worked for fifteen years in payroll for a London fashion house. 

Julie moved from London and came to work for Farrow House within the Finance/Payroll Department. Julie then took on the role of providing administrative support to the Continuum Group Qualifications Centre which was responsible for processing and coordinating NVQ course for staff across the country. 



She later joined to The Cambian Wisbech School in June 2012 as school secretary until May 2015 when she transferred to Home Tree School. Julie provides clerical, administrative and financial support for the efficient and smooth running of the school. She also provides support for other school secretaries within the region.

 

Her easy to approach mannerism and bright smile give the pupils a bright start to their day. Among other things Julie enjoys swimming, travelling, spending time with family and her cat."

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Jane Hunt

Teacher

Jane Hunt

Telephone: 01945 660988

"As a trained teacher (With specialisms in English language and Drama) I have worked in education since 1996, both in inner city and rural settings. I have taught children from as young as 4 up to 17 years of age. I developed an interest in working in mental health in 2013 and have since then worked in both care and education within that setting. I am currently responsible for delivering the A Level content for the school and overseeing intervention and attainment. During my free time I like to read and do crafts."

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Alastair Brewster

Teacher

Alastair Brewster

Telephone: 01945 660988

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Julie Dickinson

Teacher

Julie Dickinson

Telephone: 01945 660988

"My name is Julie, I am a Senior Teacher. Previously, I have been working within the SEN department of both mainstream and specialist schools since 1994. I have been an NVQ assessor for both care workers and teaching assistants. I was deputy head of house at a local secondary school, where I was an assistant SENCo. After being made redundant, I went to work at a local pupil referral unit, where I ran the girls group, a small class of 12 girls who were vulnerable. Whilst there, I also had a promotion to KS4 Phase leader. I have been at Home Tree school for 18 months and am enjoying the challenges that I am given. I teach English, Law, Health and social care, as well as science. I enjoy football, watching that is, and motor sports. I also enjoy spending time with my Grandchildren."

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Sally Tabor

Teacher

Sally Tabor

Telephone: 01945 660988

"After gaining a 2:1 in Three Dimensional Design, I worked for several antique companies as an artist, as well as having my own Mural business before going off to travel for a year.

 

On returning back to the UK I completed my PGCE in Art and Design and worked in several schools as an art teacher, ranging from mainstream to behavioural Secondary Schools.

 

I was then given the opportunity to work at Home Tree School, where not only my interest in art and design are utilised but also my personal interest in mental health.

 

I have a great belief that art not only can be used to gain qualifications but also is so important to the mental health of our young people, to gain confidence, self-esteem and the time to express themselves in a positive, creative manner in a safe, nurturing environment."

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Ioana Nitescu

Teacher

Ioana Nitescu

Telephone: 01945 660988

"My name is Ioana Nitescu and I teach Science.  Although you will rarely see me wearing a hat on my head, I have been known to wear several. How is this possible? Well, to start with I am a Biology (BSc) and Engineering graduate (MSc) having studied for both in that order. As a result I ended up combining the strengths of each career pathway and applying them in my Biosensors specialism (PhD) which is a branch of the Biotechnology field of work.

 

I have designed biosensors for the washing powder industry, biomedical research and food industry. I also developed new production technologies for commercial vaccine production and environmental air and water pollution monitoring.

 

I enjoy bringing science alive inmy teaching, make it relevant and enjoyable to students with a view to equip them with life-long learning skills to take away outside the classroom. My goal is to bring about a growth mind set, educate the whole learner and prepare them for life as citizens of the world in the 21st century.

 

But this has been all about my professional life. What counts most is that I regard myself as a caring person, aiming to be my best on a bad day and bring the best in my students. I believe that we can learn something from everyone and get more satisfaction from giving than taki. I like all animals, nature, long walks, immerse myself in a good book or film."

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Karen Carrington

Instructor

Karen Carrington

Telephone: 01945 660988

"I am someone who came into education later on in life. Being involved in teaching within the specialist sector was always something that I was interested in doing.

 

I completed my degree after my own children had left full time education and was lucky enough to be given a job as a teaching assistant at Home Tree School, this was something that allowed me to gain experience in the field of specialised education. I was fortunate that Home Tree have allowed me to take my career choice further by becoming an Instructor and I am looking at taking my QTS within the next 6 months.

 

I now primarily work at the Willows hospital outreach classroom to ensure that the students who are too unwell to attend education off-site have the same opportunities as every other students I also work closely with the Multi-Disciplined to make sure that our students are given the best possible care.

 

I like spending time with my family, dog and reading in my spare time and my guilty pleasure is playing candy crush."

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Lee Bigland

Instructor

Lee Bigland

Telephone: 01945 660988

"I am a passionate educator with experience teaching both peripatetically and classroom music. Before working at Home Tree School, I taught at 5 schools in Norfolk delivering instrumental lessons to classrooms and individual students from key stage 2 up to key stage 4. Whilst doing this, I also had just over 60 private students studying guitar, bass guitar and banjo for weekly lessons. My students have a 100% pass rate when taking graded examinations.

 

When I am not delivering music, I am performing with a function band around the country called The Walks as a bassist. My work has allowed me to perform at extravagant venues, festivals and recording studios around the United Kingdom.

 

Other than having a passion for music, I also greatly enjoy raising awareness and funding for West Norfolk Mind mental health charity. My fundraising efforts include skydiving from 13,000ft, cycling 300 miles from London to Paris and also summiting the world’s tallest freestanding mountain Mount Kilimanjaro. Because of my charity work, I was awarded the title of Charity Champion of West Norfolk."

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Beth English

Teaching Assistant

Beth English

Telephone: 01945 660988

"I began working with children once I had left sixth form which involved working cooperatively in a childminders setting. This mainly centred around supporting children in their preparation towards nursery and primary school.

 

I then decided to move to working with children and young people who have special educational need and mental health difficulties. I began work at Home Tree School as a Teaching Assistant, I wish to focus on developing my understanding of the mental health care system as well as mental health in education. I am currently building on my personal development by completing a degree in Psychology with the Open University. I hope to continue to develop my skills further in education and mental health.

 

When I am not working I like studying, spending time with family and friends and going to the cinema."

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Ty Elms

Teaching Assistant

Ty Elms

Telephone: 01945 660988

"My name is Ty and I have been working at Hometree School since November 2017.

 

I studied at the College of West Anglia for 3 years, studying Sports Coaching before moving on to Personal Training.

 

From there I coached sports at numerous main stream primary schools and secondary SEN schools, as well as managing an u10's Academy Football team "Wisbech Town PDC u10's". Following this I had a change in career and moved on to Personal Training based in March, where I stayed for 2 years. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this, I knew I wanted to work with young people again.

 

Mental health is an area that has always interested me but I had never considered as a career, although as soon as I heard of the position available at Home Tree School I jumped at the opportunity. From the first day I knew this was the career for me, I am enjoying the challenges and look forward to developing further. I currently deliver P.E and Food Technology lessons, as well as general T.A roles and Keyworker responsibilities.

 

I like spending my spare time at the Gym, doing anything that involves football and I love cheesy jokes and Comedy!"

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General Enquiries

Email: cambianeducation@cambiangroup.com

Telephone: 0800 138 1184

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Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at Cambian Home Tree School to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility.

 

The agenda comprises of:

 

✓ Voice of the Child - student feedback

 

✓ Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements and challenges and progress against school improvement report

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education

 

✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy

 

✓ Commercial Performance

 

✓ Staffing and Personnel

 

✓ Estates Report

 

✓ IT report

 

Chair of the board is Chris Strong who is contactable here or by phone: 0208 735 6150

 

The Governance Board contain key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is always welcomed.