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Gareth Morris Executive Headteacher I am the Executive Headteacher of Claycots School Partnership and have been in post since September 2013. My role is to provide strategic leadership of this 'titan' school by developing an ambitious vision for the future ensuring our children receive the very best in education and experiences.
Rebecca Whitlock Associate 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.
Pauline Sweetman Director of Studies Pauline graduated from St Maryâs University with a BSc Degree in Geography with Irish Studies. As a lifelong learner, she proceeded to gain a PGCE in Primary Education, a Diploma in NLP, National Qualification for Head teacher (NPQL) and is in the final stages of her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. Pauline has had various roles within schools; as a phase leader, a deputy in two different settings and an Associate Head Teacher. She has also worked as an educational consultant. Pauline has worked at Claycots across both campuses since September 2015.
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!
Anne Higginbotham Associate Headteacher I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce myself . For the last 7 years I have been a headteacher, leading a successful primary school in Reading. My passion for education is centered on enabling children achieve their potential, not only in academic learning, but also as successful citizens of our future. Throughout my initial visits, I have been impressed by the children's ambitions and the commitment the staff have to support these. In the final summer term, I will be visiting the Town Hall Campus on Fridays, so I hope to meet many of you before September. It is an exciting time at the Town Hall Campus and I am delighted to be joining the Claycots family. I look forward to working with you all, in partnership, to achieve the best for your children.