Meet the Team
Telephone: 01590 675350
With over thirty years’ experience working in a range of social care and education settings, I have developed a wide a range of expertise in relation to special educational needs, disability, safeguarding and child protection. Prior to working in education as a teacher, I worked in residential and field social work.
As a senior leader, I developed best practice working across two middle schools through an amalgamation process. I held strategic responsibility for inclusion, safeguarding and child protection, which included leading a very large, successful SEND department in a large secondary school.
I have held leadership roles in education settings rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, run my own education consultancy business, worked for SENDIASS, and more recently worked as a headteacher in two special schools to improve their educational outcomes.
Throughout my working life, my practise has been to promote the holistic development of each child/young person, ensuring their needs are identified and addressed through multi agency collaboration. This enables the development of an individualised curriculum and allows children/young people to realise their educational, social and personal potential. I trust, my significant experience of working in a multi-agency context, liaising closely with a wide range of professionals (including parents, teachers, those in social care and health services) will be of benefit to all at Southlands.
I am really looking forward to working with all stakeholders of Southlands school to ensure a nurturing and enriching environment where our children and young people feel happy and safe, with the right support and high expectations in place are enabled to achieve their future aspirations.
Regional Education Lead
As Regional Education Lead for the South AS team I have oversight of 5 schools and colleges. I took up this role in September 2020 having previously worked for Cambian for 3 years as Headteacher of one of their Complex Trauma Schools. I have a long history of working in specialist settings starting over 15 years ago in a Local Authority run SEMH residential special school in Birmingham, first as Assistant Headteacher before moving onto Headship in a neighbouring authority. These roles have certainly brought their challenges, not least moving one school from inadequate to Good with outstanding features.
My experience has taught me the value of team work in creating environments in which children and young people can thrive and achieve the best outcomes allowing them to move on to the next stage of education, employment or training. I am passionate about school improvement and empowering staff to work creatively. I have a real drive to develop trauma informed practice in all of my schools and ensure that students are supported to learn in an environment where there needs are met and understood.