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Rebecca Whitlock Executive Headteacher After leaving University with a BA Degree in Russian and French, Rebecca started her career in Music Education. She worked for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for 6 years in the recruiting, training and moderating of the 850 ABRSM music examiners worldwide. Teaching was always her first love, however, and upon completion of her PGCE at Canterbury University she started working in a 2 form entry Primary school in Kent. She quickly made her mark but to gain experience in the different education sectors she then moved into the Independent sector. She rose through the ranks to Headteacher and then sought to move back into the State Sector and has worked at Claycots Town Hall Campus since September 2014.
Luke Graham Associate Headteacher Since graduating with a PGCE nine years ago, Luke has committed himself to Claycots School, beginning as a newly qualified teacher and progressing his career into senior leadership. He is passionate about high quality teaching and learning, and is committed to his own professional development, having recently completed an M.Ed in Educational Leadership with the University of Buckingham. Currently, Luke is undertaking NPQH. Lukeâs philosophy of education is that all pupils, irrespective of background, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Luke's role is to ensure that the pupils of Claycots School Town Hall Campus receive the best education and fulfil their potential, whilst also working in partnership with senior leaders at Claycots School's Britwell Campus.
Ian Newton Associate Headteacher I am extremely proud to be the Interim Associate Headteacher for the Britwell Campus. I have worked at the Claycots Britwell Campus for a year as the Assistant Headteacher for Horizons and it has been one of the most rewarding of my twenty years in education. I will look to build on the excellent work of Miss Whitlock and will continue to work to provide the very best outcomes for our pupils. My philosophy in education is simple - all children should be given the chance to excel, regardless of their circumstances. The professionalism, energy and enthusiasm of our staff is something unique and using the LIVE values as our moral compass, I will work with school leaders, all staff and you as parents to ensure that all members of the Claycots family, pupils, parents and staff, always give the best versions of themselves. I believe that Britwell is a special place and we should be proud of trying to excel. #proudtobeBritwell
Lisa Saunders Director of Finance & Business Operations Lisa has worked in education for some 12 years now, in a variety of settings both Community and Academy status. She joined Claycots School in August 2016 and brings across the experience of managing multiple schools financial responsibility within the Thames Valley as an Executive Business Manager with a large Multi-Academy Trust. Lisa has a corporate accountancy career history prior to education, and gained qualified MAAT status in 2015. She is employed at Claycots School to manage the Business Operations and Financial processes, and to build the Enigma Office into a corporate environment to deliver the highest standards of professionalism throughout. Lisa is based at our Town Hall campus, but spends time working across both as often as possible.
Jude Talbot Director of Inclusion Jude has experience of teaching in a variety of mainstream and special educational settings in Berkshire, and is passionate about giving children the opportunities to succeed in school. Having gained her SENCO qualification with the University of Reading in 2014 she went on to gain the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders with the Institute of Education in London in 2016. She has previously worked as an ASD specialist teacher in a special school and has taught children with complex needs in a resource base attached to a mainstream school. Her previous roles include SENCO and Assistant Headteacher in a primary school. Jude spends time at both campuses at Claycots and is very proud to be part of the biggest primary school in the UK. Jude is a member of Bray house and will be cheering for Bray during the competitions this year!