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Adriana VanHelfteren – Year Two Studio Support

I have a PGCE with a specialism in early years. I’m particularly interested in mental health. I see my main duty to be that of ensuring there is a secure, nurturing environment for all our lovely students. I believe that unconditional positive regard is vital so that self-esteem can develop and learning is enhanced. This is especially important for our more vulnerable children.

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Alan Butler  LGBT Mentoring and Support

Alan is an Oral Historian working with an archive exploring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered experience in Plymouth.

Alan offers drop in support sessions for students and is a co-director of Pride in Plymouth, a non-profit Community Interest Company, based at the school, which brings people and groups together to celebrate and promote the diversity and talent that exists within the LGBT communities of Plymouth.

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Alan Ebbens – Educational Psychologist

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Alan Inglis-Faulkner – Music Support

I love to make music and I am passionate about teaching. I care for others and enjoy sharing in everyones’ adventure.

 

 

Alex Boyce – PE Teacher

I am a newly qualified PE teacher who is very passionate about PE and sport, in particular netball. I am very excited to begin my teaching career here at PSCA and to inspire our pupils to engage in lots of physical activity and to most importantly have lots of fun!!

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Ali Steen – Digital and Community Specialist
PSCA is the right place and the right time for me – it’s not often we can say this! I have worked all my life in music education, specialising in sound, radio and the technology used to make them. Traditional instruments are still my favourite way of making music though. Over the next few years I will be developing a new FM community radio station broadcasting from the school in conjunction with the curriculum and theatre activities. I also hope to share my fascination with the sea, the environment, cycling, swimming, sailing and creating a happier world through car-free living!

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Alice Bingham – Phase One Leader

Being part of this incredible team is a real privilege. I am passionate about making a school that inspires, nurtures and challenges all children, and adults! I enjoy exploring, painting, cooking, laughing!

 

 

 

 

Allison Cooper – Music Teacher

I am multi-instrumental musician, singer, songwriter and composer and trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Music and Education and completed an MA in Music Therapy.

My personal musical path has been about building my own self esteem, confidence, courage and self-discipline as well as studying the technical aspects of music. A lifelong musical path has given me the experience and understanding to be able to help students break through any creative blocks to find their unique musical and vocal self-expression and to be the best they can be.

 

 

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Amy Clarke – Drama & Performing Arts Teacher
My life before becoming a teacher included working in London’s West End as an Actress, and then working as an Associate Casting Director on ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’. It never felt like work as it was so much fun, and that’s what it feels like to be a Performing Arts teacher at PSCA. To bring my skill set and knowledge of the Performing Arts to young people eager to learn and get involved is exciting and exhilarating. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

 Andrew Bell

Working here part-time around my own school life is easily the best job I could hope for at 18. In the future I hope to complete a degree; Marketing with Chinese, as I have a passion for both, and hope to pursue a related career.

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Andrew Carpenter – Deputy Headteacher

Responsibility for performance and pedagogy. I am extremely passionate about how children learn, looking at strategies and ideas to enthuse, motivate and support students to be the best they can be. I am a keen cyclist and always look to bring the real world into the studio and learning.

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Andrew Nunn – Culinary Arts Teacher

Teaching cookery is a hugely important life skill which has important links to Maths, Language, Science, Geography, Art and History etc. I get a real buzz from seeing students cook and present some amazing food in Culinary Arts and seeing their confidence in themselves soar!! I take part in Triathlon, so an important element to me is well being, healthy eating and life styles.

 

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Ange Chudley – Studio Support

My passion is all sports and in particular Netball. I will be working across all the phases in sport and hope to develop play in the playground from preschool up to year 2. My aim is to develop cycling across phase 1, starting with balance bikes and hopefully giving  all children the opportunity to ride a bike.

 

 

Angel Mckenzie – Year One Studio Support

I am currently working in year one as a studio support. I have a BA HONS ‘Open’ degree that I gained through the Open University, whilst studying and working around my family, it consist of Media and English based subjects. I also have 60 Masters credits in primary education (half a Masters Degree).

I choose to work with children as I like seeing the world through their eyes and helping them develop and engaging with new experiences’. I have previously worked in special schools working with children with profound learning difficulties, I found working with these amazing children extremely rewarding.

I am able to share my knowledge that l learnt to help those in my class and phase who have special educational needs, by using different approaches to learning that are tailored specifically to them, enabling them to move forward and achieve.

I have a great interest in speech and language and deliver interventions as believe that communication is key and impacts on all areas of development and personal wellbeing. Everyone has the right to be able to be understood and communicate and I am privileged to help children learn to do this.

 

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Angélique Kergosien – French Teacher

I am really excited to be a part of the development of French at PSCA. I feel privileged as a teacher to work in an environment where everything is possible and where students are given control of their learning. I am aiming at integrating my interests for music, photography, art, dance and drama within my teaching practice, developing these interests with the school. I believe that learning alongside students or from students is extremely valuable.

 

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Angie Hernando Rodriguez –  Studio Support, Spanish Specialist
I work in Phase three and four as well as in Phase one once a week. I mainly do Languages. I love it when students stop me in the corridors and ask me how to say things in different languages. It makes me happy when I see them curious about culture, foreign cookery and places around the world. I have a big hope that they make the world a cheerful and peaceful place.

 

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Angus Reith – Computing Teacher

My role at PSCA covers the delivery of project-based cross phase computing, e-safety and continuing to develop our digital strategy. With 15 years’ teaching experience both in the UK and abroad, preparing students for their digital lives is crucial for a future in which the only thing that is certain is ever increasing reliance on technology. 

 

 

 Anita Toth  –  Studio Support Reception

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Anna Norman –  English Teacher

I joined the English team in 2015.  I am  passionate about literature and creative writing, and the importance of reading for pleasure. Before joining PSCA, I was an associate lecturer in English Literature in higher education. I believe English should be inspiring and engaging for all young people.  I love the ethos of the school, and the students, and am really enjoying growing the English Curriculum as our phase 3 and 4 students grow. 

 

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Ben Crane – Maths Teacher

I am currently working with Phase Three and Four to help teach Maths. I am training to be a fully qualified teacher which is an exciting process but a bit daunting! I can’t wait to achieve this and extend the knowledge I have gained from my university degree to the studio.

 

 

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Ben Gentle – Phase Two Teacher

Hello I’m Ben and I am an NQT newly employed in Phase Two. I am extremely excited to work along such a bright and positive group of staff and am thirsty for fresh experiences that I can learn and reflect on to improve my practice in my Phase group. My interests in school lie mainly within Creative writing but I am also very fond of History, Geography and P.E (I’m trying to get better at Maths!) Outside of school My hobbies include Surfing, Running and Rugby (although if I could choose I would spend as much time as possible in the sea!)  am beyond blessed to have the chance to work in such a vibrant modern school and can’t wait for the year ahead!

 

 

Ben Isbel – Phase Three Studio Support

What a fascinating place to have found myself. Following years in conventional state schools, finally a place where my love for junk percussion and theatre in the forest can truly flourish! I am super chuffed to have joined the fraternity of creative people here in the Red House and look forward to many hours of fun, beatboxing and eating flapjack with student and staff musicians alike. Arriba!

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Ben Sullivan – Supported Learning Space Coordinator

I manage the Supported Learning Space, an alternative learning environment within the school. I have a background in teaching art & design at Further Education level, with a teaching practice centred around embedding mental health and wellbeing as an integral part of learning, rather than as an addition to it. I am excited by the opportunity to work within the BLC team to further develop my own practice, looking towards sharing this with others, and enabling students to manage their own mental and emotional wellbeing. I also occasionally produce design work for the school, and I have interests centred around art, fashion, music and gaming.

 

 

 

Beth Dale – Senior Administrator

My role focuses on ensuring our digital systems support the needs of the school and its users. I joined the school in 2016, I enjoy the challenges that my role presents and I really appreciate that every day I learn something new.

 

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Brantley Rogers – Drama Teacher

I am currently studying a masters in Performance Training. My expertise lies in devising contemporary theatre which challenges traditional theatrical conventions. I am passionate about making work from scratch in a fun and playful environment with a D.I.Y aesthetic. Alongside PSCA I work in the Creative Learning Department at TR2 where I run various workshops. I also have experience as a performer working alongside companies such as Blasted Fiction, AMINAL and Symbiotic Theatre.

 

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Bryony Burrows – Year One Studio Support

 

 

Cass Bisco – Media and Photography Teacher

I joined PSCA as a photography and media teacher in 2016.  Previously, I worked at Plymouth College of Art where I taught photography for twelve years on pre-degree programmes.  Our PhotoMedia team have enjoyed working with PCA staff and students on several projects to date.  Most notably, our Shine Media Awards magazine entry, Tint, where we won a national award in London.  The impact of working alongside pre-degree and undergraduate teams has been evident in the quality of our student work.  We are looking forward to taking on bigger challenges and working across the continuum in the years ahead.  We are excited to see where our students take their photography and media careers next.  

 

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Cathy Palmer – Art Teacher

I am passionate about the arts and the feel its a real privilege to be working in such a creative environment where the arts are so valued. I love to travel, and as an artist and dancer am inspired by nature and the sea. It’s amazing to be part of such an inspiring, supportive and enthusiastic team! I am really excited about the possibilities of creating opportunities for our learners to work in ways that reflect the real world and captures their imaginations and sense of curiosity.

 

 

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Charlotte Bennellick-Palmer – Preschool Teacher

I am passionate about creative teaching and learning, so feel privileged to work in such a creative environment, as Plymouth School of Creative Arts.  My motivation for teaching is developing children’s enthusiasm for learning, and enabling children to discover and recognise their individual interests and talents.  

 

 

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Charlotte Slater – Teacher Phase Two

I will be teaching in Phase Two with an amazing team of people. I am passionate about creative teaching and learning and feel proud to be completing my NQT year at PCSA.I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for art, food and design and will urge young people to explore their own passions too.

 

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Chris Hamilton – Drama Studio Support
 
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I’m a former soldier who has spent eleven years teaching physics at KS3,4&5, but more recently I’ve become a para-athlete who has represented the country twice at major events last year, winning a bronze medal at the World Adaptive Surfing Championships. I’m passionate about keeping myself fit and healthy, I also know the benefits it can bring to keep challenging yourself mentally too, which is why I’m so excited to have taken up this post. I’m really looking forward to engaging our students in the four key aspects of the DofE programme; Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition. I’m also excited to see them progress from the Bronze, through Silver and up to Gold Award, hopefully then choosing to pass on their knowledge and expertise to new students just starting out on their DofE journey.

 

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Claire Strudwick – Phase Two Support

I am Montessori trained, with a love of the early years.  I wish to enable every child to discover their amazing abilities, through children leading their own learning, learning that inspires, challenges and equips them with confidence and resilience to be the best they dream to be. I have a great love of cooking, yoga and the outdoors.

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Craig McGregor – Studio Support Phase Two

Whilst helping out in the Phase 2 Studio space, I mostly talk about books, words, and writing; out of the studio I mostly read books and write words, so things worked out pretty nicely for me there. I also help to run a local martial arts club, and I find that the tradition and philosophy behind the art has greatly

influenced how I perceive and respond to the world around me. Professionally, I did an MA in Creative Writing a couple of years ago and had some comic books published. I love to write and create in my spare time, and am hoping to see more work in print in the future (fingers crossed, folks). I’d like to inspire the students to use narratives and language as a means of self-expression.

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel – Producer & Archivist, Teacher of media

Having worked previously for organisations including BBC Radio and TV, Ministry Of Sound, Ninja Tune and Glastonbury Festival Daniel is Extremely inspired and excited about what the future holds here at Plymouth School Of Creative Arts.

Daniel is a multi award winning composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist, he has also worked extensively with film and graphics. Previous accolades include: 3 Sony Radio Documentary / Feature Awards, An Arqiva “Outstanding Station Of The Year Award” and an award presented at The House Of Commons for sustained quality output in youth radio.

 

 

 

Daniel Butler – Administrator / Receptionist

 

 

Daniel May – Kitchen Assistant

 

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Danielle Hill – Phase Two Teacher
 

Dannii O’leary – Wrap Around Care Team

I have been part of the team since 2014 starting as a Sport Apprentice building a flourishing Netball Team in Phase Three. I am now a fixed face in the After School Care Team working with Phases One and Two looking to develop further. I am a big live sports and music fan, regularly travelling to home and away fixtures for my team and different venues for various artists.

 

Danny Saxby –

PSHE Lead, Child Care, Learning and Development BTEC Lead and Arts/Humanities Teacher

I knew that I wanted to work for the school the moment I walked in. It is a place that celebrates individuality and creativity, and wow what a fantastic ethos to have! My studio is my haven, where I come alive. My teaching methods are fairly unique and I can get pretty experimental. Boring is not a word you hear. I love being around the students here, they have such inquisitive minds. When I wake up early on Monday morning to get ready for work, I’m not filled with a sense of dread like ‘here we go again’; rather I am filled with a sense of opportunity like ‘here we go! Let’s go champ! Let’s go champ!’ and I spring right out of bed imbued with a real sense of purpose. I am truly blessed to be part of the team here and hope to make all my students feel the same way. I love helping to teach these youngsters how to learn. In my spare time I like to run, box and be Cornish.
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Dave Strudwick – Headteacher

It’s an immense privilege to lead such an amazing team and work in such an inspiring community. I have a love of learning, music, sport and architecture. It’s amazing what we are making together each day and I am certainly looking forward to the next part of the journey.

I have lead schools previously, written a book about behaviour and been involved in many interesting projects including the Blackawton Bees which resulted in the world’s youngest published scientists. However, the making of Plymouth School of Creative Arts is head and shoulders above the rest. This is a project that will become increasingly recognised internationally.

 

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Denise Wilde – Cleaner

 

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Diana Gillard – Phase Two Studio Support

My creative background as a Graphic Designer definitely influenced me to be involved as much as I could within the school. Working with the children over the years, has been so rewarding. I love talking to them and discovering all their different characters, as well as seeing them grow in confidence day by day. It has given me a lot of personal satisfaction, and I love the experiences and challenges it has created, not just for me but for all of us. I enjoy music, singing, arts and crafts, painting, drawing, knitting / crochet, technical drawing and 3D design. My daughter also enjoys it here too.

 

 

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Elizabeth Thomson – Year Two Teacher

 

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Elle – Phase Two Maths Teacher

Having been a part of the school since it first began, I feel as though I have been on a journey of development, both as part of a growing team and as an individual. Having worked alongside young people in all phases, I have an awareness and connection to how each child will progress both academically and personally whilst being educated here. I care passionately about people connecting with themselves, one another, their environment and their community as a whole. I have both a teaching qualification and a degree within the arts.

 

 

Emma Addy – Kitchen Support

I am part of the kitchen team at Plymouth school of creative arts. We are the hub of the school and thrive to produce wholesome and healthy food for the children and staff members across the school. We are also here to support the children and parents to make sure school life is a happy and safe environment. 

 

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Emma Moxham – Year One Studio Support

I have worked with primary age children for a number of years, both in and out of the school environment. There have been so many occasions where I have seen children come into their element whilst absorbed in creative projects. I am very excited about exploring how art and craft can be used by children as a means of communication and self expression.

 

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Emma Pendle – Dance Teacher

I am a professional contemporary dancer, crossfit coach and olympic weightlifter.

I teach dance across all phases and PE in Phase Four.

My passions are in making performance, developing young people’s love of movement and engaging people creatively through dance.

I currently perform as part of Exim Dance Company and as an individual performance artist.

 

 

 

Emma Veale – Attendance Administrator

I am really excited and privileged to be apart of a unique and growing school.

I love the challenges that come each day and I enjoy learning new things. 

I want to share my passion and enthusiasm with other members of the team and with the students. 

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I have been working at the school since 2015, during this time I have discovered that I have a passion to work with behaviour and helping to coach others through this. I enjoy helping those with additional needs and working with others to improve their time at school. I am a teaching assistant and I am currently in training to gain my level 3 in supporting teaching and learning.

 

 

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Hannah Blair – Studio Support Reception

I am working as studio support in the reception class. I have a degree in Early Childhood studies and am really interested in children’s development and the different ways in which children can learn. I’m also a keen athlete and therefore very passionate about getting children active and enabling them to learn through exercise. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team!

 

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Hannah Miles – Media Technician

I am a photographer, film maker, and learning technologist.

I am passionate about creative learning through making and empowering student voice.

Making creative communication’s, exploring interesting narratives and sharing great practice are common threads within my work.

 

 

Hattie Key – Drama & Performing Arts Teacher
I think it’s amazing how every individual can develop confidence through drama; it’s the most wonderful part of the job to see students come out of their shells through the sessions. I love using our amazing Theatre at PSCA for shows and rehearsals and am at my happiest when completely stuck in with a group developing a piece. My speciality is Contemporary and Physical Theatre and enjoy the challenge of finding something new as well as developing my skills; sewing, making, performing.

 

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Helen Currell – Studio Support and Culinary Arts Technician

This year, I am supporting learning across Phase Three but am based on the Performing and Culinary Arts Floor so working mainly alongside Culinary Arts, Dance, Music, and Drama. French is also taught within Culinary Arts so all in all, I am on a steep learning curve!

 

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Holly Pinion – Senior Administrator

I am the Exams Officer. I will be ensuring our students are entered for the right exams by working alongside Teachers.

My background is Management Consultancy and for most of my working life Senior Management Retail. I have worked with a range of companies from recruitment, other consultancies to large and small retailers.

I’m really excited about what PSCA are doing and am looking forward to what the students can teach me!

 

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Holly Ryan – Studio Support Phase One

 

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Huw Tindall-Jones – Phase Two Teacher

This year I will be teaching Phase 2 as part of the PBL team bringing an interest in drama and science.  I will also be leading on PHSE in Phase Two. 

 

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Ian Crowford – Phase Two Project Based Learning Teacher

I have a huge passion for making & I’ve been a part of the school since the very first day. As a result, I have had the pleasure of teaching in every phase. This gives me great insight into the progression that will be advantageous to our phase 2 students in their learning journey through the school

 

 

Irene Castillo-Lopez – Phase Three and Four Studio Support and Spanish specialist.
Since I was a child I have always known that education needed a change. Now as an adult, I can feel that change every day in the school. Where significant learning is happening because children are enjoying what they experience in each Studio. I am really happy to be part of this amazing community.

 

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Jake McCabe – Chef

I’m very passionate about food and cooking and love to bring that to the table and share my knowledge with the students. I learn something new from them everyday.

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Jeff Stratton – Artist in Residence

Jeff Stratton has been an educationalist for over 50 years. From his initial work as a youth worker in 1958 he joined the teaching profession. Since then he has worked in primary and secondary schools, was a headteacher and a senior education officer, but always primarily an artist. His passion is teaching children and young people and in 2012 he won the Pearson Teacher of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is currently working with Phases Two, Three and Four, with a particular focus on developing quality Project Based Learning.

 

 

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Jen Chudley – Studio Support Preschool
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Jessica Hunter – Studio Teacher Year Two

Teacher, listener, public speaker, coach and choreographer, I will be working with Year Two from September. I love dancing and acting and enjoy sharing these passions with the children.

 

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Jo Ballard – Phase Two Studio Support and Music Mentor

 I love to work alongside children supporting them  making music and stories through play and improvisation. I see this way of working as helping children to engage with their group and with the world  in robust and imaginative ways.  Quite often our ideas make us chuckle with glee!

I also teach piano and singing outside of the curriculum as one of the music mentors at our school.

 

 

Joanne Anning – Administrator

 

 

Joanne Strachan – Arts and Humanities Studio Support –                       
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This is an exciting shift for me in joining phase 3 and 4 where I hope to bring in my eclectic experience in graphic design and prior teaching knowledge into this new practice. I look forward to joining such a friendly and creative team and working in this fantastic building, helping develop new ideas. Exciting times ahead.

 

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Joe Oddie – Head of English

 

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John Gayle – Behaviour and Safeguarding Officer
I work with students across all ages helping to build their self-esteem in order that they can fill their full potential and give them the confidence to go on and achieve their goal in both school and everyday life. 

 

 

Jon Merrsion – Phase Two Leader

I am an experienced primary practitioner with an academic background and a passion for creative pedagogies. I love the cross-curricular potential offered by primary practice and believe whole-heartedly that a real-life project-based approach is the key to motivating learners. My particular curricular strengths are English, Maths, the Arts, and Modern Foreign Languages. Off-duty, I am a keen – but amateurish – pianist and footballer, and father to three amazing kids. 

 

  Katie Baldwin – Educational Psychologist – Assistant

I am excited to join the team working under the supervision of Alan (the Educational Psychologist) to work collaboratively with staff, students, and parents in the assessment of needs and implementation of strategies to support individual needs. I am passionate about promoting psychological wellbeing and the social, emotional and behavioural development of all pupils.

 

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Katie Brownjohn – Reception Teacher

I recently graduated with a specialism in the early years. I then went on to complete my Masters in Education, researching the numerous benefits of forest school education in the early years. I enjoy inspiring awe and wonder through a range of topics and cherish the imagination and humour that young children bring. I like the fact that no two days are the same and am proud to work in a school where we are readily encouraged to question and challenge the norm in search of improvement for all! 

 

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Kebar Forster – Art Studio Support

I am the new Art Specialist Teaching Assistant at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. I will be supporting Phase Three and Four in Art, History, English and Science. I love working with young people creatively, engaging with artists and community groups.

 

 

Kev Morgans – Administrator

My role as an Administrator encompasses many areas including updating information on Progresso and keeping staffing records up to date. When I am not at work I have two beautiful children that I love spending time with and are the best part of my life, I am enjoying watching them grow and develop each day.

One of my favourite hobbies is trying to capture unique pictures and video footage using my drone which I’ve been flying for around 5 years.

 

 

Kev Rose – Year One Studio Support and Wrap  Around Care.

I love being part of the phase one team and relish the daily challenges of getting the pupils motivated and being creative. I have a 21 year background in the media industry and utilising this knowledge in the school and seeing the kids now develop their own personalities and skill sets is highly satisfying.

  

 

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I aspire to have qualified teacher status and am currently working as a higher level teaching assistant and aerial arts teacher. I love sharing my love for aerial and ground based circus skills with the children as well as using British sign language with them

 

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Lee Glattback – DT technician and Studio support

I have had a career as an aircraft engineer alongside a voluntary career training teenage air cadets and as a parent I have been part of the school community since the very beginning.

In my role I face various challenges and no two days are the same.

 

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Leea Jolly – Studio Teacher Phase Two

My passions and background come from Drama and performing. I have been involved in many Dramatic societies in Plymouth, performing and directing many shows over the years. I look forward to submerging the curriculum in a theatrical learning environment, involving the children in role play, and performances across the year.

 

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Lindsey Willcocks – Studio Teacher Phase Two
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Lisa Webber – Drama  Studio Support

Since graduating from my degree in Acting I’ve been passionate about linking my subject to education. I started with Plymouth School of Creative Arts as a volunteer and was lucky enough to get full time work in the drama department. I look forward to working with such an amazing team.

Liz Whitwell – Human Resources Administrator

I am responsible for making sure that all the necessary checks have been completed for new staff and volunteers.

I am really enjoying getting to know everyone – PSCA is a such a vibrant place to be.

 

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Lora McMahon – Preschool Teacher

For me teaching is about making connections, listening to children and taking time to learn about each child’s motivations. Every child has something valuable and exciting to offer and it is my job to celebrate that. I have been teaching for about 8 years and continue to learn and shape how I work. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places but equally love Plymouth as I’m at my happiest when I’m out at sea. My passions include sailing, kayaking and scuba diving and once in a while I’ll take myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with an occasional half marathon or sky dive!

 

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Lorna Pashby – Kitchen Porter

I love the atmosphere and the challenge of learning new things within catering and our school, whilst meeting lots of interesting people along the way.

 

 

Mandy Archer – Phase Three and Four Studio Support

I am very excited about working at PSCA! I am a dyslexia teacher who has tutored privately for a number of years. I enjoy finding new ways of learning that are fun so that learning doesn’t feel like a chore. I was also an Adult Literacy Tutor for many years and learnt how tough life can be if your literacy skills prevent you from leading a fulfilling life. This has given me a passion to do all I can to help students make the most of their time at school.

 

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Martin Borrott – Maths Teacher

Despite being someone who found Maths difficult at school, I am now passionate about it and hope to enable the students to understand that anyone can be good at Maths- there is no such thing as a ‘Maths Brain’ or a ‘Non-Maths Brain.’ I am fascinated by the connections that can be made between Maths and the World around us, for example, in Enterprise and in Art. I want the students to understand that Maths is an incredibly creative subject that is all around them and to feel excited by what that might mean.

 

 

Martin Coath – Scientist in Residence

I am a scientist and a musician. Apart from being involved in scientific and educational research, I have worked for 25 years or more with groups of all ages to combat the idea that creative thought and technical skills are in some way ‘opposite’. I have briefly visited schools on hundreds of occasions, but the opportunity to build a long term relationship and develop substantial projects within PCSA is exciting.

 

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Matthew Bisco – English Teacher and Phase Three Leader
I work with an overview on developing studio learning that connects across subjects in creative and purposeful ways. I bring with me a personal passion for making journeys and am interested in the impact this can have as a model for leading learning through felt experience.

 

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Matt Nancarrow – Administrator

Since joining in 2015 I have taken on various administrative roles within the school.  I have recently started helping the Facilities Team with their admin duties, alongside a couple of evening shifts on the front desk.

 

 

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Mel Tucker – Communications Manager

I consider myself lucky that my children and I have been able to be involved with the school from the very start, and play such an active role in building the PSCA community. It is an exciting time to be a parent, staff member and PTFA trustee at PSCA and love the different opportunities and perspectives all these roles bring.  As Communications Manager I am responsible for communication via newsletters and social media, developing and improving communication throughout the school and the management and coordination of a range of school events.

 

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Melissa Allen – Food Production Apprentice

 

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Mick Willetts – Facilities Manager

My primary function is to look after the building and grounds,supporting its occupants and creating a safe environment for them, the letting of our amazing spaces to the wider community and co-ordination of events and their requirements. My interests include music, meeting people and looking at the sea. I have a passion for life and believe no matter how small, we should make a difference every day.

 

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Mike Beard – Deputy Headteacher

I’ve always been fascinated about what makes people ‘tick’, and how we make sense of the world around us.  My role in school is to support Human Development, and our school’s growth as a ‘learning village’; I absolutely believe that by helping one another, everyone can be the best they can be.  I also love physical challenge (I’m currently training to row more quickly!) and taking time out to walk (much more slowly) with my family and dogs in the countryside.

 

 

“Milo” – Miłosz Kwolek – PE Studio Support

I am passionate in all sport activities. However, my favourites are: football, handball and volleyball. I like working with teenagers and adults, helping them in physical development, and in achieving their sports goals.

 

 

Mollie Annear – Cook

 

 

Naima M’rabet – Wrap Around Care

 

 

Nick Griffiths – SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

I have worked within Education for 15 years, helping to shape and develop positive attitudes in young people. As the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) I look to identify and support students with additional needs, reducing their barriers and increasing their passion for learning. 

I am a huge sports fan and enjoy being active when and where possible. Paddle Boarding around the beautiful beaches of Devon have been the highlight of my summer. I Love my new role and I look to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, both professionally and personally. 

 

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Olive Tarling – Year Two Teacher

 

 

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Pat Tucker – Wrap Around Care Team

 I love helping the children with crafts such as knitting, sewing and anything they want to try.

 

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Paul Speare – Caretaker

 

 

Peter Archer – Phase Three and Four Studio Support

‘Hello! I am a teaching assistant with the science department although I can be found helping in a variety of subjects throughout the school. I enjoy sports, playing guitar, and good food.’

 

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Poppy Kirkup – PE Teacher

I am now going into my second year at PSCA and enjoying being part of such a wonderful community. I love all aspects of sport particularly athletics, netball and football. I will continue to engage and connect with the students to share my passion. I am looking forward to developing myself and the students through another exciting journey and year at PSCA.

 

 

Rebecca Fitchett – Wrap Around Care

 

 

Renars Sakals – Year Two Studio Support

 

 

Renata – Cleaner

 

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Renata Chatkevic – Communication and Language Co-ordinator
A linguist with a passion to break cultural and linguistic barriers to learning. An advocate of learning languages and culture through immersion and experience. Interested in developing practical and creative skills in crafting.

 

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Richard Read – Science Teacher

Very excited to be able to start developing a Science department from scratch, looking at how we can enthuse pupils towards Science, and enable them to become independent Scientific researchers in their own right, passionate about playing and experimenting in order to explore and discover.

 

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Rosie Crowford – Studio Teacher Reception

I am passionate about supporting curiosity amongst children, inspiring and supporting them in developing socially and emotionally, to explore all areas of learning in context of their interests. I have a love for outdoor learning, woodworking and empowering children to mange their own risks through learning how to use tools and equipment safely. I enjoy gardening, walking and being outdoors as often as possible!

 

 

Rouen Gargan –  NQT and ITT Lead

Teacher in Phase One and Phase Two

 

Rudi Riley – Caretaker

Having worked for ten years at both Primary, and Secondary schools. I am very happy to bring my experience to the Plymouth School of creative arts, to create a safe and happy environment for everybody.

 

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Russ Martin – PE Teacher

I have a love for all aspects of sport from individual activities to team games. I have a particular passion for Basketball and hope to inspire our students to grow a love for sport in our school and within their communities.

 

 

Sally Brinkworth – Phase Two Studio Support

 

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Sally Read – Breakfast club Lead and Chef

Since joining the kitchen it’s been fantastic. I am really enjoying helping the children learn about healthy eating and working with an excellent team!

 

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Sandi Butler – Building Learning Capacity Phase Leader
I am part of the Strategic Leadership Team with the responsibility for the non studio based staff in the school, this includes the kitchen, finances, administration, facilities, health and safety, digital and HR. My role keeps me very busy, which I really enjoy, when I am not at the school my 2 amazing children, also keep me busy.

 

 

Sarah Burgess – Year One Teacher

 

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Sarah McConkey – Building Learning Capacity Team Coordinator :  Special Educational Needs

 

 

Sarah Weaver – Front Desk Administrator

I am currently working at the front desk of the school and like to provide and warm and welcoming approach to everyone I meet. I have been a receptionist for over 15 years and I am also a qualified teaching assistant.

 

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Sarah Woffenden – Studio Support

One of my regrets is that at my school there were not many opportunities for making.  This is what I love about this school – making happens everywhere!

 

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Sasha Hole – Pre-School and Reception Studio Support
I was in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer for ten years before leaving to have my two girls.
 
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Simon Risdon – Phase Four Leader

I believe the true worth of a leader is not in knowing everything but empowering and enabling others to make sense of the world around them from a sense of personal worth and responsibility. I am interested in how we can create experiences for all involved at PSCA which lead to people flourishing and being well. 

 

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Simon Rogerson –  Lead Teacher for Behaviour

Co-ordinating positive learning behaviour across the school (Phases 1-4) for staff, students and parents.

This role includes monitoring and reporting on behaviour, parental contact and meetings, organising after school provision and quality assurance of behaviour management within the studios and staff awareness of need.

This role contributes to improving communication with parents to support greater partnership around their child’s learning and using date to guide our strategic actions and performance management.

 

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Sinead Cosgrove – Year One teacher
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Stéphanie Trachet – French teacher and Studio Support
I am so pleased to be part of such a unique educational project and to be able to explore my language and culture with the children in a very creative, positive and forward thinking environment. People here are generous, dynamic, passionate and inspiring and represent a rich diversity of the community. I believe that learning a foreign language broaden students horizons and provides them with an opening to and an understanding of other cultures. This is crucial for them to fully embrace their global citizenship. This year I will team teach French through the creative arts and with links across subjects to support Angélique and Andy. We will make French real and meaningful.

 

 

Stephanie Wardman – Phase Three and Four Maths Studio Support

As a child, I never enjoyed mathematics and found it to be quite boring. As I have grown up I have discovered my love for mathematics. My aim is to find new and exciting ways to teach mathematics so that everyone can experience this. I am looking forward to working with the maths team to achieve this.

 

 

Stevie Harris –Administrator  & Deputy Exams Officer.

The focus of my work is currently around admissions, enquiries, pupil information and day today office duties. I enjoy taking on new challenges and pushing myself to be the best I can be.

 

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Stewart Riley – Maths Teacher

I am very glad to have joined Plymouth School of Creative Arts after approximately 15 years teaching GCSE maths in ‘mainstream’ education. I am excited about the ongoing process of developing my pedagogy to better fit the studio ecology ethos. In addition to mathematics, I enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle in the form of cycling, camping and adore just being on the beach and in the sea.

 

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Sue Anderson – Designated Safeguarding Lead

I began volunteering at the school not long after it opened and this eventually led onto being a full time employee. I love the great outdoors and take great pleasure in supporting others to step outside their comfort zone do something amazing. My two children attend the school.

Stuart Shaw – Caretaker

 

 

Susanne Hose – Personal Assistant to the Leadership Team

 

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Suzanne Swift – Science and Computing Teacher
I feel very lucky to be here at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. After ten years as an IT trainer and project manager in the NHS – feeling lost with an unused Surf Science and Technology degree and PGCE –  I was ready for another challenge. I hope my experience in industry, my passion for teaching by doing and my focus on the individual will help to stretch learners to use new and emerging technology to transform learning. 

 

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Tamar Hancock – Administrator – Preschool – BLC

Single point of contact for Preschool, for both parents and staff. I am stakeholder for PTFA, Staff and Parents relationship with in the school. Alongside supporting finance and WAC teams. And also hold the personal license to assist facilities and events.

 

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Tim Endicott – Systems Technician

After having volunteered at the school I am happy now to have a full time place here helping to develop the reporting system within Progresso. I have always had a great love of computers and technology in general and am enjoying putting these interests to work at PSCA.

 

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Tom Rebhan – Science Teacher

I am found in the science labs where I spend my time preparing experiments and buying in chemicals for fun practical sessions! Having worked in the Pharmaceutical (Oncology) industry I hope to bring some real life science experiences to the children (and adults) of the school. When not in the lab I’m generally with my family or cycling around Plymouth and surrounding areas.

 

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Tom Sleep – IT Technician

My role includes being the 1st line of support for any IT related queries that anyone has throughout the school and supporting all IT equipment. I’ve had a passion for technology since I was a kid, and seeing the equipment we have integrated throughout the school helping kids learn and enjoy education makes all the hard work worthwhile.

 

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Tonia Gonzalez – Laboratory Technician Phase Three and Four
I have the privilege of being the school’s Laboratory Technician, which is great because I love all things science. You can find me in Labs 1 or 2 where I’ll be supporting our young learners during the day or making my own skincare products in my own time. 

 

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Tracey Cragg – Cleaner

I love working at PSCA, it’s a great environment to be in. As well as cleaning which I get a great deal of satisfaction from, I am an extra pair of hands in the kitchen when needed. I am happy to  get involved in what’s going on and love talking to everyone here. It’s a happy relaxed place to be. I am lucky to work in such an amazing place.

 

 

Victoria Millorit-Paull – Front Desk Administrator

I started working here as a volunteer, and now work on the Front Desk.  My role is to meet and greet parents and visitors.  In addition I undertake general administrative duties. I love the positive atmosphere that the school creates and have a child that attends the school.

 

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Vikki Glattback – Year One Studio Support

I have had lots of previous experience within Early Years. I believe children should have a happy and safe environment in which they can gain fun, positive new experiences. I am currently doing a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning. I hope this will allow me develop my skills and knowledge into more of a teaching role.

 

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Yvette Morris – Cleaner

I have a background in hair retail and beauty. I am pleased to have just completed a hair academy qualification and I am just about start a beauty academy qualification. Every day is an adventure at Plymouth School of Creative Arts and the staff and students are really friendly.