I qualified as a Design Technology and Art teacher in 2004 and have subsequently taught in single sex, mixed, comprehensive and grammar schools. Prior to teaching I worked in the film and television industry in the set design team on a number of HBO and BBC productions. I firmly believe that my varied experience of industry and education helps me in my role as a senior leader, and that my understanding of vocational opportunities helps me to steer young people in their chosen directions.
My experience of leading the Creative Arts faculty at Greenshaw High School in Sutton drives my ambition to create broad and varied opportunities for the students at Coombe Wood School. Our Art and Design Technology exam results were regularly amongst the best in the country, creating dynamic and varied pathways for students into further education and industry.
The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy and one of the few areas in which we are celebrated as world leaders with huge employment growth. By 2020 creativity will be amongst the top three most important skills for future jobs. At Coombe Wood School I would like to ensure that the creative and performing arts rival any local school, generating opportunities for the future generations of students to flourish and succeed.
Since September I’ve been working for the Folio Trust alongside Jonathon Wilden, planning and preparing for the opening of Coombe Wood School. The vision, ambition and ethos for the school is both inspiring and exciting and our designs for the buildings and grounds match our high expectations and ambitions. Working with Barry Laker as Headteacher we are determined to create something special for the Coombe Wood School community and future generations of aspiring students. I’m thoroughly looking forward to us working as a team and am certain that together, we’ll establish a fantastic school.