Senior Management Team
I have been Head at Hawford since 2006, moving here from a previous Headship in Sunderland, having been a Headmaster for over twenty years. In my teaching career, I have taught at seven schools in various parts of the country as well as a spell in Australia. I started my career as a secondary-school English teacher, but I have also taught PE, swimming, History, and have been a primary school class teacher. I was a school inspector for eighteen years, giving me the opportunity to visit many schools in very different situations.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, although driving my 1973 VW camper-van down a country lane in summer comes close. Many long-suffering years as a Sunderland supporter have taught me to be optimistic, even at the worst of times!
I read Biological Sciences at the University of London before completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. Initially, secondary-school trained, I taught extensively in the independent and maintained sectors before joining King’s Hawford in 1998. Here, I was attracted to the school’s happy, child-centred environment and feel fortunate to have taught across the age range. My particular interest lies in the teaching of core subjects and I also have a passion for art, cookery, and natural history and have enjoyed contributing to the school’s programme of outdoor learning. As well as being Deputy Head, I also lead the School Council and charitable fundraising.
Beyond teaching, I enjoy gardening, walking our Labrador, and supporting my husband with the busy family farm.
Deputy Head Academic
Deputy Head Academic
Having trained at Cheltenham, I completed my BEd (Hons) in PE and Humanities in 1996 and went on to spend three years in my first teaching job before moving to Spain to teach at the English School of Asturias. In 2003, I became a Year 4 teacher at King’s Hawford. Over the last fourteen years, I have taught throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, and I am currently a Year 3 class teacher and Head of Girls’ Games.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, and yoga.
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.
Head of Lower Years
Head of Lower Years
I teach in Year 3, and love teaching, especially Boys’ Games. I am also really enjoying the challenge of directing the Years 3 and 4 musical productions. My hobbies outside of school are football, musical theatre, cycling, and cooking. My favourite thing to do is to spend quality time with my family, such as days out at farm parks and eating out.
Head of Early Years
Head of Early Years
I have worked at King’s Hawford for ten 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.
Full Staff List
Debbie Field, NVQ3
Karen Farrow, NVQ3
Sarah Gwillam, BA (Hons)
Judy Hooper, DPP3
Mairi Jones, NVQ3
Joanne Obrey, NNEB
Sam Powell, BA (Hons)
Sue Watts, Cert Ed
Jo Simons, Fdn Degree
Anna West, NVQ3
Helen Willis, BEd (Hons)
Russ Marsland, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Stefanie Danks, NVQ3
Jodie Howland, BA Ed (Hons)
Joanne Rand, MSC, PGCE
James Dewhirst, BA (Hons), PGCE
Carol Evans, BEd
Celia Rawnsley*, BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Janet Redman, BEd (Hons), MEd
Ian Percival, BA (Hons), PGCE
Vicki English, B.Ed (Hons), PGCE ASD, Cert SpLD
Richard Cook, BSc (Hons), PGCE
Sam Hodgkins, BSc QTS
Sophie Hughes, BA (Hons), PGCE
Lisa Hyde, BA (Hons) Modern Languages, PGCE
Lorne Stigant, BA (Hons), QTS, PGCE
Paula Gregory, BEd* (Hons)
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
Abi Jeavons, BA (Hons)
Kevin Bethell, BTEC2/NVQ
Helen Chapman, NVQ3
Sue Doorbar, WPQTA, NVQ 3
Wendy Goodman, NVQ3
Caroline Green, BTec TA
Mandi Griffiths-Garbett, MA, NVQ3
Sam Routledge, Fdn Degree – Education
Sue Surey, NVQ3
Claire Taylor-Edwards, NVQ3
Elaine Jennings, NVQ3
Kate Edwards, NVQ3
Anna Turner, NVQ3
Angela Allard, BMus (Hons)
Amanda Allsop, BMus (Hons)
Steve Bridgwater, ALCM
Helen Troughton, BAC Mus/PE (Hons)
Emma Burrows, CertHE, BA (Hons), MMus, DipABRSM
Jo Chambers, BA (Hons), ARCM, PGCE, DipEd
Sarah Stone, BMus (Hons), MSc (Music Psych)
Jane Allen-Griffiths, BA (Hons) Music, PGCE
Sean Gilde, BA(Hons), DipABSM, DipAdvKIB, DipKIB
David Bates BMus (Hons)
Katie Hawcutt, BA (Hons) Jazz, LLCM, ALCM, Dip LCM
Dorothy Hodgkiss, NVQ3
Yvonne Hutton, NVQ3
David Turner, NVQ3
Jennifer Shukla B.Sc, RGN
Kathy Goodman NNEB, RGN, Norland Diploma