I was born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, where I attended De La Salle Sheffield and St. Cassian’s College Berkshire. I was a member of the De La Salle Order as a Junior, Novice and Young Brother. I graduated from the University of Manchester before completing a Master’s degree in Educational Management. I have 43 years of school experience, mainly in Catholic Education, of which 29 years as Executive Head, Headteacher/Principal and Deputy Head. I worked for 10 years as Headteacher at the highest attaining Catholic Comprehensive School in Wiltshire where I was: 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 Principal here for 8 years, Link Headteacher for Maidstone and Malling, Founder Headteacher of Kent Catholic Schools Partnership and Secondary Adviser to Archbishop Peter Smith on the Southwark Education Commission. In 2017, I was invited to be Executive Headteacher of St Simon Stock Catholic School and De La Salle School St Helens.
Secondary school years in Manchester; graduated from University of Reading with BA (Hons) in History; teacher of History for 32 years, of which 30 years has been in Catholic Secondary Education, with 2 additional years teaching in Quebec, Canada in the early 1990s; previously Head of History, Assistant Chief Examiner for GCSE History and Assistant Headteacher at St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive school in Tunbridge Wells; Deputy Headteacher / Vice Principal at St Simon Stock Catholic School since 2004; appointed Academy Principal in September 2018
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 20 years later I am still here. I have had the opportunity of being a History and English teacher, the Head of Year 8 and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator in the school. I now oversee pastoral care in the school as Assistant Vice Principal and this includes safeguarding, attendance, behaviour and student welfare. I also continue to line manage Special Educational Needs in the school.
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.
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 Director of Sixth Form and Subject Leader of Social Sciences and I teach Sociology. Three of my four children have also been educated at St Simon Stock. It has been a real family affair.
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 more than 20 years. In that time, I have been a Head of Geography, Deputy Head of Humanities and a Leader of Sixth Form.
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.
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.
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.
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 trainee-ship 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.
I grew up in Bromley as part of a large Catholic family. After taking my A-Levels, I read Literature at The University of Hertfordshire where I met my husband in my final year. After graduating with a BA (Hons) I spent a year out of education working for Virgin Atlantic (as a check-in girl) and then waitressing. In 2003, I returned to the University of Hertfordshire to complete my PGCE in Secondary English, Media and Drama. A year later, my husband and I moved to Maidstone where I began working as a secondary school teacher. We married in 2006 and now have two children. In 2012 I joined St Simon Stock and completed my Masters in Education (from the University of Warwick) the next year. I am currently Leader of Year 9 and have responsibility for leading coaching across the school.
I was born in Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. This city is well known for it’s Educational and Sports facilities and so my love of swimming, athletics and netball developed and I was able to train and compete at very high levels until my early twenties. My Catholic faith was fostered in particular by my mother and we spent many hours learning and praying together. I loved school and decided early on in my own school life to become a Teacher. After graduating with a Deans Commendation in a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education and Religious Education) at the University of Southern Queensland, I went on to teach in two schools in Bundaberg. I held the post of Sport’s Co-ordinator before I moved to England in 2006. I have taught RE and PE at St Simon Stock since this time. I have been Head of Year 10 for the past 3 years. This is my first role on a Senior Leadership Team.
I am a French native speaker of Algerian heritage. I speak 3 languages besides English: French, Arabic and basic Spanish. I also read and write in Arabic. I have passion for travel, in particular when I get to experience alternative cultures. My multilingualism gives me the chance to make the most of my travels. I am a graduate from University of East London with a BA (Hons) degree in Linguistics, French and community studies. I have been a Head of Year for 14 years, Head of Department for 4 years and French Teacher for 20 years. I have worked at Prendergast Ladywell Fields School in Lewisham as Head of Year and French Teacher for 14 years before moving to Kent in 2012.
I grew up in a small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland where I attended Loreto Convent School for girls, before attending the University of Ulster to complete by BSc Hons Degree in Information Communication Technology. I then decided to take a year to “find myself” and travelled to Australia where I spent the year. I am very family orientated and so I returned to the shores of Ireland to undertake my PGCE at Queens University Belfast where I studied ICT and Computing. I interviewed for the job of Teacher of ICT in Saint Simon Stock in 2013 with the intention of staying a year to gain experience; 6 years later I am still here. I have been Head of Saint Therese House as well as more recently progressing into the role of Subject Leader of ICT/Computing and Media.
I was born and educated in Medway, during my school years I was fascinated by Chemistry, Music and English Literature. When I entered the Sixth Form I was enchanted by the study of Physics and became very interested in Astrophysics and Nuclear Engineering, I felt a compulsion to try to learn as much as possible about our place in The Cosmos. I read Physics with Astronomy at the University of Nottingham and achieved my Bachelor of Science, excelling in the fields of Nuclear Physics, Experimental Physics, Electronics and Computer simulation and programming, where I wrote computer programmes to locate Exoplanets. In recent years I have become fascinated by Cosmology and in how previously theoretical and abstract mathematical concepts can accurately describe real-world phenomena. My journey with St Simon Stock Catholic School started almost 10 years ago, when I took a job as a laboratory technician, over the past 8 years I have earned my teaching qualification, re-developed the Key stage 3 curriculum to suit the new GCSE qualification and guided countless students to success in both GCSE science and A level Physics. I am currently the Subject Leader of Science for years 11-13 and acting as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.