Director of Operations
Head of Learner Services
St. John's School
SENCo and Teacher
Pips Class Dog
Transitions Co-ordinator, St. John’s School
Receptionist, St. John’s School
St. John's College
Senior Education Co-ordinator
I am very humbled and honoured to introduce myself as the new vice principal of St. John’s and to join this excellent school community. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our learners every day while providing them with a meaningful learning environment.
My primary role will be leading Teaching and Learning across the College. I firmly believe that every child can exceed and that the cooperation between home and school builds trust and self-esteem in our learners. So, our learners can use their highest potential to shape their future, consequently, the future of our community. With my goal of advancing the culture of excellence here at St. John’s, I am devoted to continually exploring new ideas to meet the needs of all learners and to interact with parents and community members efficiently.
Stay safe and stay well.
Autism Lead, Vice Principal
I joined St. John's as a Learner Support Worker in 2005, and whilst in this role I undertook my Teacher Training qualification at the University of Brighton. St. John’s places a lot of importance on the professional development of its staff team, and I am fortunate to have since worked in a variety of roles at both our school and our college, including a Tutor, a Teacher, a Pathway Leader, Head of Learning for Personal Development, and most recently Vice Principal at the college. I also became an Autism Champion for the education department in 2012. I am now responsible for St. John’s autism training, and I qualified as an Intensive Interaction Coordinator in 2016 and enjoy delivering this course to staff across the organisation.
In 2017, St. John’s was awarded Autism Accreditation status by the National Autistic Society. I am very pleased to have been appointed as the organisation’s Autism Lead as of September 2020. In this new role, I am overseeing and working with our Therapy department across our school, college and residential services. Our work is dedicated to providing best autism practice throughout our services, along with our goal of gaining Advanced Autism Accreditation status.
In 2018, I began undertaking a Master of Education in Autism at the University of Birmingham. I am now in my final year of this course and have recently commenced my dissertation which is focusing on how we can further promote the voice of autistic people at St. John’s in order to help continue to develop the service and achieve the best outcomes for our learners.
Residential Care Manager
The College View Cat
Stacey the College View Cat is a feline neighbour who has been dropping by and settling in at and around College View for the last year and a half.
You may find her roaming around on the college site or with Fiona Coutts, her partner in marathon racing and training...
Receptionist, St. John’s College
Admin and Other Functions
Communications and Marketing Manager
I joined St. John’s in August 2021. I have worked in communications and marketing for over 30 years, mostly in the voluntary sector, working for Macmillan Cancer Support, Citizens Advice and the National Autistic Society. Most recently, I worked at Sussex Community Foundation which is a Sussex-wide grant-making charity. I am excited about raising the profile of St. John’s, telling the story of the wonderful work the charity does in support of our amazing children and young people.
Residential Care Manager
I joined St. John’s in 2018 have undertaken various roles within the Care Department such as Lead Residential Support Worker, Team Leader, and Deputy Care Manager. Since February 2021, I have been the Care Manager of College View and Preston Drove, two 52-week residential provisions in Brighton which are part of the post-19 service.
I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Lead Adult Care, as well as a BSc in Psychology, and am currently studying for my Level 5 Diploma in Leader in Adult Care.
I’m extremely lucky to be able to work closely with a team of Care Managers who take responsibility for other St. John’s houses across Brighton and Seaford. My primary focus in the houses I manage is to support our young people to be as independent as possible, developing their daily living skills, social skills and communication skills. I am passionate about providing highly person-centred care and am constantly seeking new ways to promote and provide opportunities for our young people, particularly in regards to community access and involvement.