message this week will once again focus on the biographies of the new teachers
joining the school in September 2014.
this, however, I would like to welcome all students back to school after our
very brief half term break on the Thursday and Friday of last week. The school is now in the midst of ‘exam
season’ for many of our students. Our Y6
children are taking UK SATs tests and our Y10,11,12 and 13 students at Equine
Park are sitting either internal or external (GCSE, AS and A2) examinations.
This week, however has also seen an overwhelming response to our Charity Days
from the whole community at both campuses. Each campus was full of budding
entrepreneurs setting up stalls all for the benefit of our selected charities.
Thank you all for your generosity and support.
forward to the next couple of weeks there are many more activities and events
taking place on both campuses. Next Wednesday, 11th June, the
musical talents of the children at the Primary Campus will be celebrated during
an Art and Music Soiree taking place at 6pm in the JB Hall. At Equine Park the
eagerly awaited annual Media, Arts and Design Show opens on Thursday 12th June at 3pm. The
doors to the Art Department and Design technology will also be open for two weeks
during school hours as well as during the Summer Fair on 28th June.
Please attend if you can as it is a golden opportunity to see some of the
stunning Media, Art, Music, Drama and Design Technology work produced by
students at the Secondary Campus. The quality of the work is always
extremely high and the opening event is always thoroughly enjoyable.
now to the biographies of the new staff:
Rebecca Morley – Primary Campus Class
gained a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Psychology from Durham University
and while at university she worked for a French company, Educastream, teaching
English to French children. She then undertook her teacher training through the
Graduate Teacher Programme in East Sussex. In 2012 she joined St Anne’s RC
Primary School in London as a Year 2 teacher. Rebecca currently has
responsibility as PSHE Co-ordinator and KS1 Phase leader. One initiative she
recently introduced was to move the PSHE curriculum into the new realm of
Values Based Education. Rebecca has also been involved in establishing new
extra-curricular clubs. Outside of school Rebecca was on the panel for a
lottery funded project in the London and S.E. area and was involved in
providing assistance for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Thomas Nolan –
Head of Faculty (Creative and Expressive Arts) Secondary Campus.
Thomas achieved a BA (Hons) in Music
from Southampton University and then worked as a professional musician for
8 years. He also worked at BBC Radio 3, as a Broadcast Researcher, before
taking a PGCE at Roehampton University. On qualifying he joined
Langley Grammar School in Slough as a Teacher of Music and has subsequently
worked his way through a range of promoted posts – Head of Year 8, Director of
Music and Head of Creative Arts Faculty – to his current post of Curriculum
Director and Director of Music. In this role Thomas has overall curriculum
responsibility for Art, Dance, Drama, Music, PE and Sports. This includes
monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, developing whole school
student consultation and leadership initiatives, a range
of extra-curricular activities and the management of subject leaders and
music staff. Thomas will be moving to KL with his wife Li.
Jill Robinson –
Mathematics Teacher, Secondary Campus.
Jill received a BSc in Mathematics and her PGCE (in
Secondary Maths) from Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying
though the Open University for an MSc in Mathematics. Her first teaching post
was at Heathfield Community College, East Sussex, teaching both at GCSE and A
level. Before joining Longhill High School in Brighton she worked for a period
with Hays Education. In 2009 she moved from Brighton to the British School,
Muscat where she was able to teach very advanced mathematics to Year 13 Further
Maths students. Since 2011 Jill has been teaching IGCSE and IB at North London
Collegiate School, Jeju. She set up and now coordinates the International Award
scheme at the school and has gained valuable experience of pastoral issues
relating to a boarding school.
Joseph Rodway – Physical Education Teacher, Secondary
Joseph has a BSc (Hons) in Sport from the University of
Southampton. Before going to University he was a Teaching Assistant at
Southlands School, and whilst studying he held a range of posts including
personal trainer, lifeguard, swimming instructor, trampoline coach, football
coach and activities and summer camp organiser. After graduating he went on to
complete his PGCE (graded outstanding) at the University of Southampton. Joseph
then joined his current school, which is St Peter’s School Bournemouth, as a
Teacher of PE. He is also a Teacher of BTec, and leads IVBtec Level 2, and
Lower School extra curriculum activities. His qualifications include awards as
a BG Gymnastics Teacher and ASA Swimming Teacher. Personal sporting interests
include rugby, soccer, volleyball, cricket, golf, badminton, tennis squash and
Alice Rose – Physical Education Teacher, Secondary Campus.
Alice graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc
(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. While at university she worked with
children as an Activities Instructor with Super Camps, Ascot, and as a
Counsellor with Camp America. After graduating she worked as an SEN teaching
assistant at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Derbyshire, before going on to
achieve a PGCE (Distinction) from the University of Reading. Alice was then
appointed as Teacher of PE and Year 13 tutor at Ranelagh School, Bracknell.
Responsibilities have included teaching athletics, dance, basketball and
netball. She has also taught at A level (mainly exercise physiology). She is
heavily involved in extra-curricular sports teams and projects including
International Link School and Students as Learning Partners. Alice has also been
a Trampoline Coach for the last eight years.
Joe Spence –
Physics Teacher, Secondary Campus.
Joe studied at the University of St Andrews, gaining a BSc
(Hons) in Physics, and then went on to achieve a PGDE from the University of
Aberdeen. His first post was as Teacher of Physics at Wick High School in
Scotland where he taught up to Scottish Higher. In 2011 Joe moved to the
North London Collegiate School in Jeju, South Korea as a Teacher of Physics.
Here he has taught Physics (to IB Higher Level), IGCSE Physics and KS3
Science. He has also been involved in the creation of the Moodle VLE and
acted as link teacher for the Physics Society. In addition Joe has worked
within a boarding house caring for students as part of his role as a form
tutor. Other responsibilities have included coaching football teams and
ultimate frisbee and being involved in the International Award.
David Spittal – Physics Teacher, Secondary
David has a BSc (Distinction) in Physics from the University
of St Andrews and a PGCE from the University of Strathclyde. His first teaching
post was at Kinross High School as a Teacher of Physics before moving to
Glenwood High School Glenrothes to teach Computing and then on to Dunfermline
High School as Teacher of Physics and Science. His next move was to Auchmuty
High School as Acting Principal Teacher of Physics, later moving back to
Kinross High School as Principal Teacher of Physics. In 2010 David took up his
current post at the British School of Bahrain where he has taught general science
at KS3 and Physics at KS4 and KS5. He is actively involved in online learning
technologies and is currently leading professional development sessions for
teachers. He also runs a Lego Robotics club and is joint co-ordinator of
the school’s Young Enterprise project. David will be moving out to KL with his
Have a lovely weekend and an enjoyable half –term break.
Director of School