Senior Leadership Team
I joined the team at King’s Hawford in 2021, following seven happy years as a Head at Haberdashers Monmouth Schools in Wales. After completing my teacher training at Exeter University, where I specialised in Mathematics and Art, I spent time working at St. Peter’s Prep School in Lympstone and Badminton Junior School in Bristol. Having previously been a Head of Pre-Prep I took up my first Headship in Monmouth in 2014.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoors. We all enjoy hiking, biking and wild swimming in the beautiful Worcestershire and Monmouthshire countryside.
I am keen swimmer and an enthusiastic follower of many sports, but my heart belongs to the Welsh rugby team.
Having trained at Cheltenham, I completed my BEd (Hons) in PE and Humanities in 1996 and went on to spend three years as Head of Girls’ Games at the Downs School, Malvern before moving to Spain to teach at the English School of Asturias. In 2003, I joined the staff of King’s Hawford, working as a Games and Year 4 teacher.
I absolutely love working at Hawford, it is such a vibrant, warm and welcoming place to teach. During my time here, I have taught throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 and coordinated many subjects including RE, PSHCE and Girls’ Games. In 2018 I was appointed Head of Pre-Prep, which then led to me being appointed Deputy Head (Academic) the following year. I am currently a Year 4 class teacher and Deputy Head. The past two years have been the most challenging yet rewarding of my career. Helping to lead the school throughout the national lockdowns, introducing new learning platforms and supporting an amazing staff to deliver a first-class education has been a privilege and such an exciting opportunity.
In my free time, I enjoy spending sunny days in my garden, growing and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables. I take a keen interest in environmental issues and try hard to use less plastic by shopping for package-free foods. I am also an avid reader; my favourite authors include Edith Wharton, Arthur C. Clarke and Alice Walker. Having played a lot of sport in my youth, my main forms of exercise now consist of yoga and walking my dog Dougal.
Upon leaving school, I studied Graphic Design for four years and then my career began in London at Hippo Books (part of Scholastic Publications) as a book cover designer. I lived in the big city for two years but I missed my family and friends and so I returned to my roots to set up my own design business. This expanded into a gift shop/gallery which I decided was best suited to the city of Worcester and so I moved myself and my business to this beautiful place.
After fifteen years of running a successful business, it was time for a change. I love playing sport, hockey in particular, and I achieved the level 2 coaching award which allowed me to coach children at county and regional level. It was because of this and also through supporting my two daughters that I sought a career in teaching.
After completing a three-year teaching degree at the University of Worcester, I was fortunate to be offered a teaching role at King’s Hawford. I became Head of Girls’ Games within fifteen months and I thoroughly enjoyed the role, but my strength and desire to progress into management came to the forefront. I am now Assistant Head, and I still love being involved in sport.
After graduating with a degree in Humanities, I spent a very enjoyable period in London working for one of the professional accountancy bodies in events, PR and political lobbying. On moving to Worcester, I embarked on a 23-year career in recruitment and executive search, including running my own business for a number of years.
Having delivered training and coaching for many years, my desire to move into teaching seemed a natural progression. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to obtain my PGCE through the School Direct programme whilst working at Hawford and now teach in Year 3. I am also proud to be part of Hawford’s excellent sports coaching team and am an RFU qualified rugby coach.
My own children began their school lives in kindergarten at Hawford and, having watched them develop academically and personally within the Foundation, I also have a strong understanding of King’s from a parental perspective.
Head of Lower Years
Head of Lower Years
Having studied at the University of Worcester, I had the pleasure of teaching in a variety of schools in Worcestershire before embarking on a sabbatical from teaching to travel the world.
I was fortunate enough to combine the two, and spent a very enjoyable time teaching at an all-boys independent school in Australia before embarking on period of sports coaching in America.
Joining King’s Hawford has been fantastic because I’m able to combine my love of teaching with my passion for performing arts and musical theatre. I currently teach in Year 2 but enjoy getting involved with all aspects of school life, particularly directing our musical productions.
Outside of school I enjoy football, cycling and cooking with my family. I also enjoy theatre and performing so can regularly be found singing with my band “The Subs”. I also make an annual appearance in our local pantomime….oh yes I do!
Head of Early Years
Head of Early Years
I have worked at King’s Hawford for almost 15 years since relocating to Worcestershire. Before becoming Head of Early Years, I have been a Reception teacher and taught in Year 1 at the school. Prior to working at King’s Hawford, I taught for five years in a small village school in Oxfordshire, teaching Reception and Year 2. Subsequently, working with Young Offenders motivated me to complete a PGCE, at Oxford Brookes, as I wanted to support children and guide them to make positive choices.
I have a degree in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Arts, and am a keen art collector. I enjoy visiting galleries, especially when in Cornwall, which is my home from home.
Digital Strategy Co-ordinator
Digital Strategy Co-ordinator
Having studied at Cardiff University, I returned to Worcester to complete a PGCE before teaching in Berkshire for 2 years. During my time at King’s Hawford I have taught in both KS1 and KS2 as well as leading IT and Boys Games. My current role as Digital Strategy Co-ordinator is something I’m extremely passionate about, and the past few years have been has the most rewarding years of my 20 year teaching career.
Leading the digital strategy of the school has allowed me to observe all areas of the curriculum and enhance the teaching and learning of all of our children. Seeing the school adapt and thrive during successive lockdowns was a source of enormous pride. The challenge of balancing the strengths of our existing offering and fabulous learning opportunities outside the classroom with the exciting digital opportunities available to us is something I am looking forward to and will occupy my thoughts over the next few years.
Full Staff List
Debbie Field, NVQ3
Anna West, NVQ3
Sarah Gwillam, BA (Hons)
Judy Hooper, DPP3
Joanne Obrey, NNEB
Sam Powell, BA (Hons)
Sue Watts, Cert Ed
Jo Simons, Fdn Degree
Emma Lane, BA (Hons), PGCE
Anna Leatherdale* BSc (Hons), PGCE
Stefanie Danks, NVQ3
* Part Time
Joanne Rand, MSC, PGCE
Helen Willis, B.Ed (Hons)
Russ Marsland, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Celia Rawnsley*, BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Janet Redman, B.Ed (Hons), MEd
Vicki English, B.Ed (Hons), PGCE ASD, Cert SpLD
Sam Hodgkins, BSc QTS
Sophie Hughes, BA (Hons), PGCE
Lisa Hyde, BA (Hons) Modern Languages, PGCE
Grace Owens, BA Ed (Hons)
Joanna Atkins, BA Ed (Hons)
Laura Fullelove*, NVQ5, AED, CET
Tara McCullough*, BA (Hons), PGCE
Gemma Holtham, NVQ3
Jenny O’Brien*, NVQ3
Paula Gregory, B.Ed* (Hons)
Abi Jeavons, BA (Hons)
Helen Chapman, NVQ3
Wendy Goodman, NVQ3
Sam Routledge, Fdn Degree – Education
Anna Turner, NVQ3
Sue Doorbar, WPQTA, NVQ 3
Claire Taylor-Edwards, NVQ3
Kirsten Beech, BSc (Hons), PGCE, Dip. SEND
Angela Allard, BMus (Hons)
Amanda Allsop, BMus (Hons)
Steve Bridgwater, ALCM
Helen Troughton, BAC Mus/PE (Hons)
Jennifer Chaddock, Dip ABRSM GBSM
Jo Chambers, BA (Hons), ARCM, PGCE, DipEd
Sarah Stone, BMus (Hons), MSc (Music Psych)
Jane Allen-Griffiths, BA (Hons) Music, PGCE
David Bates, BMus (Hons)
Dorothy Hodgkiss, NVQ3
Yvonne Hutton, NVQ3
Jennifer Shukla, B.Sc, RGN
Kathy Goodman, NNEB, RGN, Norland Diploma