Role: Executive Headteacher
Profile: I was born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. I attended De La Salle Sheffield and St. Cassian’s College Berkshire. I graduated from the University of Manchester before completing a Master’s degree in Educational Management. I have 41 years of school experience, all in Catholic education. I’ve held Senior Management posts for 26 years: Headship in Wiltshire; Chair of Wiltshire Headteachers; National Leader of Education; Clifton Diocese Director of Catholic Education and Secondary School Adviser to Bishop Declan Lang. I have been Headteacher here for 5 years, Link Headteacher for Maidstone and Malling and Founder Headteacher of Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.
Mr J Malone
Role: Head of Academy
Profile: Secondary school years in Manchester; graduated from University of Reading with BA (Hons) in History; originally trained as Chartered Accountant; teacher for 30 years, of which 28 years has been in Catholic Secondary Education, with 2 years in Quebec, Canada; previously Head of History, Assistant Chief Examiner for GCSE History and Assistant Headteacher; Deputy Headteacher / Vice Principal at St Simon Stock Catholic School since 2004.
Ms L Welcome
Role: Deputy Head of Academy
Profile: I grew up in the Maidstone area attending St Simon Stock Catholic School as a student through to A-Level before studying for a BTh (Hons) in Theology at the University of Southampton. After briefly working for an investment house in the City, I decided to retrain as a teacher. After 8 years, 2 in Senior Leadership, I decided to travel the world for a year and taught in Asia and South America for 6 months. Following my return, I worked at St John’s Catholic School in Gravesend and then returned to St Simon Stock in 2015 as Associate Vice Principal. I have thus benefitted from the special nature of the Catholic Education system as both student and teacher.
Mrs A Denny
Role: Director of Welfare
Profile: I grew up in the Midlands before studying for a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Reading. After university I spent time travelling around South East Asia and completed my Advanced Padi Diving Accreditation. I went on to study to become a secondary teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University. As part of my training I completed a placement at this school and 18 years later I am still here. I have been a History teacher, Head of Year 8 and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I continue to combine this role with pastoral care as the Director of Welfare.
Mr A Williams
Role: Director of Curriculum Planning
Profile: I was born in Stafford a long time ago, before moving to Hythe in Hampshire. I attended St George’s Catholic Boys School in Southampton. Later, when my Family moved to Reading, I attended Presentation College and Theale Green School for the Sixth Form. I read Geography at Sheffield University before studying at Cambridge University, where I was tutored by the great Geography educator, Rex Walford. Although I began work at St Simon Stock as Head of Geography, I have had numerous roles and responsibilities. However, my passion still is teaching Geography. It has been my privilege to serve at St Simon Stock Catholic School for 24 years.
Mrs J Rodell-Jones
Role: Director of Initial Teacher Training and Raising Standards Leaders for Year Seven, including Transition
Profile: I am originally form Cornwall but left to study a BA (Hons.) in Geography at Middlesex University at the age of 18. As part of the course I was able to combine my love of Geography with travelling and culture as I progressed through the degree course, and visited Tunisia, Holland, Jamaica and Australia. I studied for my PGCE at Nottingham University and qualified as a teacher at the age of 22. I was fortunate enough to spend time teaching in Roanoke, Virginia before starting my teaching career in Hertfordshire in 2005. I completed my Master’s Degree in 2007 with a focus on ‘coaching’. I am proud to say that I have been a teacher for 20 years. In that time, I have been a Head of Geography, Deputy Head of Humanities and a Leader of Sixth Form.
Mr P Chittenden
Role: Director of Science Specialism and Head of Year 11
Profile: I grew up in Deal on the Kent coast, only leaving the county to study my Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. I then worked in Research and Development for a company that is now part of Fujifilm before entering the teaching profession in 2001, completing a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church. I then spent 12 years in a Catholic school reaching the level of Head of Science and Assistant Headteacher. I joined St. Simon Stock in September 2014 as Assistant Headteacher leading Science.
Mrs G Asplin
Role: Director of English
Profile: I graduated from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (Ireland) with a degree in English, French and History. I travelled to the US for a while before returning back to Ireland, where I completed a Post Grad course in Junior Management. I moved to London where I began a career in Finance, spending several years in the City of London working in Private Offshore Banking for various securities houses. In 2002, I decided to leave the City to begin a new career as a teacher of English, a subject which I have always been passionate about. I have been at St. Simon Stock since 2008, where I am now Subject Leader of English.
Mr T Sus
Role: Director of Mathematics
Profile: I was born in Tarnów, in south of Poland and come from a family with long Catholic traditions. I have attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow achieving Master’s Degree in Mathematical Studies, before moving to England in 2006 and settling down in Kent. My teaching experience comes from both Polish and English but only Catholic educational establishments. In Poland I was teaching mostly mathematics in primary and secondary schools. I was a mathematics teacher at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School in Gravesend and then Head of Mathematics Department at St John Fisher Comprehensive School in Chatham before moving onto my current role. In my 9th year of teaching I have joined St Simon Stock in January 2016 as an Assistant Headteacher.
Mrs M Broadhurst
Role: Director of Social Sciences, Able, Gifted and Talented Co-Ordinator, Student Voice Co-Ordinator and Director of Post-16 Studies Designate
Profile: I was born in Germany but have lived in Medway since I was five years old. I was educated at a non-selective school in Chatham that was demolished in the 1990’s. I have had a varied career path and many interesting jobs such as photographer, cycling proficiency instructor and Marriage Registrar. I returned to education in my 30’s, worked very hard and achieved a First-class honours degree in Social Science from the University of Kent in 2006. I came to St Simon Stock as a new teacher and have been lucky to have been given many opportunities since arriving at the school. I am currently Subject Leader of Social Science, Coordinator of the PDW and AG&T programmes and most importantly I teach Sociology. Three of my four children have also been educated at St Simon Stock. It has been a real family affair.
Mr S Mullen
Role: Business Manager
Profile: I was born in Glasgow, Scotland where I attended school at St Aloysius College. I graduated from the University of Glasgow with Bachelor of Accountancy and Finance degree. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant after a traineeship with Coopers & Lybrand in Glasgow before completing a one year placement in their Barbados office. Held finance and operations roles with two American investment banks mainly in the City of London, with a few secondments to New York. Joined St Simon Stock Catholic School in February 2010 as school Business Manager.