Hello! I’m really excited to be leading this beautiful school: working closely with all our young people and their parents/carers , as well as supporting and developing our very talented staff.
I believe in placing the young person at the centre of all that we do and providing an individual flight path through the curriculum to enable them to achieve their dreams for their future. I have two lovely dogs at home – a handsome working cocker spaniel and a fluffy cavachon- and I love to take them on long walks and teach them tricks. I am very blessed to have a horse called Jilly – she is teaching me how to ride. I am not very good yet- but despite falling off every now and then I keep getting back on and trying!
You can always talk to me about anything that concerns you – I am a very good listener and always want to help.
I am looking forward to our journey together!
Assistant Headteacher Pastoral
Since qualifying with a teaching degree in PE and Mathematics Warren has spent 20 years teaching in Yorkshire, Australia, and the Midlands. Warren is excited to join the leadership team at Oakwood and is looking forward to working with all the students and their parents or carers.
Warren believes in creating an environment where students feel safe and secure and can fulfil their potential, regardless of their starting point or background. He believes that a vital part of education is that every student has the support they require, so they are fully prepared for their next steps in life and have the greatest possible opportunities when they leave formal education. He feels that all students should be nurtured to be aspirational and independent learners, who are resilient and socially confident.
Outside of school Warren spends most of his time with his family, especially his young twins. He has a passion for sports and enjoys playing football and golf.
Assistant Headteacher Curriculum
After completing a dual BA(Hons) in History, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Siobhán went to live in Japan and Italy to teach English as a Foreign Language. On returning to the UK, she completed her PGCE in Religious Education. Siobhán went on to become Head of R.E, SENDCo and Assistant Headteacher of SEN/Inclusion at several secondary schools in Birmingham and Leicester.
Siobhán is a qualified SENDCo and assessor for access arrangements. She has completed the National Award of SEN Co-ordination and a post graduate certificate in Psychometric Testing and Access Arrangements. She is also a registered member of the British Psychological Society.
Siobhán is committed to promoting enriching education for young people, through creating a stimulating and supportive curriculum. She believes that education should enable every child to achieve their potential in a supportive, inclusive, secure, and stable environment.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kate has been a teacher for over 20 in a variety of settings. She has been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for the last eight years in three different schools and is looking forward to supporting the students, parents, carers and staff at Oakwood in her new role.
As DSL she will be ensuring that everyone at school is kept safe. This will involve making sure that all adults working with your children have been thoroughly checked to ensure they are safe to work with children. To help support pupils Kate will be liaising with outside agencies and companies who support families and students in school. She will also be monitoring attendance in school and if you have any questions, or need to report a child as absent you can call and speak with her to discuss your concerns..
Kate enjoys her role and the knowledge that she is an integral part of ensuring the pupils at school feel safe, secure, and happy. She believes that it is rewarding to know that as a school we are helping our young people to be prepared and ready to enter the wider community. Part of her role is to support students with their transition into Oakwood, ensuring they feel supported and comfortable making the next step in their journey.
Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and visiting new places. She also enjoys running and has recently taken up crochet.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Tania joined Oakwood Community school in December 2017. She started as a learning mentor within the primary classes, working on a one to one basis or in small groups alongside the class teacher. She has taken great pride in watching the pupils grow emotionally and following the completion of training she has recently become the designated safeguarding lead for the school. She has undertaken a Level 3 Diploma course for Children and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care Pathway.
Her previous experience has included working with young children and running a nursery facility at a local community centre. She has also been a volunteer for Home-Start visiting families in need with young children, as well as running family groups. She has also worked as a residential care worker helping young people.
Tania is committed to developing her role at Oakwood Community school, and ensuring all the school’s pupils have a safe environment in which to grow and learn.
Head of PE and Outdoor Learning
After completing his BA (Hons) in Sport and Psychology at the University of Derby, Raj went on to complete his PGCE in Physical Education (PE) at Loughborough University.
Raj’s involvement participating in and leading sports activities has been a huge part of his life since school and he uses PE not only to develop physical skills in young people, but also to enhance young people’s social and emotional development.
Raj has just completed his MSc at Loughborough University focusing on Forest Schools and how outdoor space can be used as a tool to facilitate learning and development. Raj leads a wide range of sporting activities and aims to improve young people’s confidence in sports whilst manifesting a lifelong love of learning.
In his spare time Raj enjoys playing Volleyball with his local club and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Leigha has worked within childcare and education for seven years, working closely with children of all ages who have SEN, SEMH and other needs.
She joined the Oakwood staff in February 2018, in the role of Primary Lead Teacher. She works closely with the children tailoring lessons and experiences to broaden their knowledge and opportunities.
She loves seeing children grow both academically and socially. Education and its impact on childhood has always been her passion and she feels very lucky to have the opportunity to help children within the school reach their goals using creative teaching methods.
In her spare time Leigha enjoys travelling to enrich her own experiences and she likes to volunteer at playschemes.
Class Teacher and Vocational Curriculum Lead
Richard started working at Oakwood School in April 2017. He currently teaches a wide range of subjects to the older pupils in the school helping improve functional skills in Maths and English, but he also working towards entry levels upwards in core subjects.
He has a Professional Certificate in Education (Cert-Ed) Level 5 and prior to joining Oakwood he worked with Young Offenders for ten years in a large college environment teaching NVQ 1 & 2 food preparation and cooking as well as food hygiene and functional skills in English and Maths.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his four boys as well as coaching groups of young people at his local rugby club – he is an experienced Level 2 Rugby coach.
Teaching Assistant and ELSA
Anita has an NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificate supporting teaching and learning, working along side children with additional needs and on a one to one basis. She works closely with children who need extra support and guidance.
She has gained broad experience in different job roles and has considerable experience in business management. She has studied performing arts and worked to achieve her Level 2 in Food Hygiene. She is a very creative and outgoing person, always willing to develop her knowledge and she truly believes that every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
In her spare time she enjoys singing and dancing. She loves the outdoors and exploring new adventures.
Teaching Assistant and Student Mental Health First Aider
Kyle has worked in education for five years and is a respite carer. He has specifically worked with SEMH students as a T.A. focusing on challenging behaviours and supporting students to improve their self-esteem. Kyle has worked with students in one-to-one interventions based around social stories, understanding, and managing feelings.
Kyle believes that working with young people allows you to make a real difference to their lives. He believes there is nothing like seeing the spark of understanding on a student’s face as a lesson “clicks” for them. Kyle hopes to have a positive impact on our students and their families to enable them to reach their full potential and further their horizons.
Teaching Assistant and Recognition and Incentive Coordinator
Alex joined Oakwood after many years’ experience in retail. He will be bringing all his knowledge of organisation, people management and problem solving to the world of education.
Alex passionately believes that education makes a difference to the lives of young people, enabling them to learn to emotionally develop, make positive choices in life, and inspiring them to reach their full potential.
Alex is a big sports fan and participant; he used to wrestle and likes trying new sporting activities. Alex’s goal is to start an Interschool 5 aside team to play in a local school league.
Teaching Assistant and Home Learning Coordinator
BSc Geography Degree (July 2010), University of Leicester.
Nicola started working at Oakwood Community School in September 2017 having worked in education since January 2011. Her previous experience was in a boarding provision for international students, where she specialised in GCSE and A-Level Geography, as well as PSHE and had her own tutor group. She currently works with the oldest pupils in the school, helping them improve their functional skills in Maths and English as well as entry levels in various core subjects, such as science, humanities and the arts.
Other experience involved spending 18 months working for Leicestershire Police as a PCSO, where she got involved with various aspects of the local community.
In her spare time Nicola enjoys foreign travel and experiencing the cultures and lifestyles of different countries. She also likes to spend time with friends and family, as well as her pet dog.
Yvonne began working at Oakwood in 2006 as a teacher in KS3/4. Prior to that, after gaining her Certificate of Education, she had over 25 years’ experience of teaching across both KS1/2 in primary schools.
Wanting to work more specifically with EBD children led her to Oakwood and her desire to make a positive impact on children’s learning means her enthusiasm and commitment remains undimmed.
In 2010 she took over the role of Exams Officer, a role she has thoroughly enjoyed and continues to hold in an assistant capacity since she has started to work on a part-time basis.
In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, walking, reading and spending time with her family.