Following sixteen years of senior leadership, seven as Headteacher, in mainstream secondary schools, Jon joined Outcomes First Group in early 2023 as Principal of Options Bankside College in Malvern. Jon worked alongside other leaders and staff to successfully open Options Bankside School in September 2023 and became Principal across both SEND settings. Jon is proud and excited to be appointed as Executive Headteacher at Brookthorpe Hall School and both Bankside settings in February 2024.
Deputy Headteacher – Quality of Education
I am thrilled to be a part of Brookthorpe Hall School as part of the Senior Leadership Team and currently in the role of Deputy Headteacher. What truly resonates with me about this school is the nurturing environment fostered by our dedicated staff for the benefit of our students.
My journey in education has been diverse, encompassing various roles such as Head of Department, Head of Faculty, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher, and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Commencing my teaching career in 2006 as a classroom educator, I progressed through the ranks to reach the Senior Leadership Team. Prior to entering the field of education, I briefly pursued a career in health and social care. Subsequently, fueled by a passion for assisting others, I transitioned to teaching, specialising in Social Sciences, including Psychology, Sociology, and Health. I am a fully qualified teacher, having undergone teacher training at Oxford Brookes University. I also hold a Masters (MA) Degree in Education: LLL through the University of the West of England.
Before joining Brookthorpe Hall School, I worked as a University Lecturer in Education, Inclusion, and SEND Education at the University of Gloucestershire. In this capacity, I imparted knowledge on a variety of pedagogical and educational subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently, I am in the process of completing my Doctorate (PhD) with a focus on inclusion, social justice, and addressing inequalities in education.
Furthering my commitment to educational leadership, I possess a National Professional Qualification (NPQ) in Educational Leadership and I am actively working towards my National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Headship. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am a trained classical musician, having earned certification through Trinity College London. I am proficient in playing the Flute, Oboe, Recorder, Piano, and also enjoy singing.
Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion
Being part of a leadership team in a child centered, nurturing environment is an exciting journey, and I am thrilled to take up the role in a school that matches my values of placing the young person at the heart of decisions, whilst promoting individual differences. My role at Brookthorpe Hall school will allow me to place into practice, my experience, and passion for inclusion. I cannot wait to meet you all!
Committed to inclusion with an empathetic approach, following a career in healthcare as an HCPC register Podiatrist, I embarked upon my journey into education. Fueled with a drive to ensure that young people have a voice and a burning desire to make a difference to their educational journey, reducing barriers to engagement, whilst promoting a love of learning, in whatever form that maybe.
After training as a teacher, I completed another degree in Cognitive Therapeutic Behavioural Approaches, and have further gained a Masters (MSc) in Psychology of Mental health & Wellbeing, with a focus on education. I am driven to explore behaviour and support therapeutically in times of need. I am currently completing a National Professional Qualification (NPQ) in Leading Behaviour and Culture.
I have fulfilled roles as a Classroom Teacher, (teaching psychology and health), Head of 6th Form, Support for Learning Manager, Lecturer in Further Education, Assistant SENDCo, Curriculum Team Lead, Curriculum Manager, and supported young people from Reception to Secondary school. I have also held an Associate Psychology Lecturing role at university.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, yoga, mindfulness, and the outdoors.
Acting Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral, Behaviour and Personal Development