Meet the Committee Members
Teaching and Learning Committee
I am thrilled and honoured to Chair the Redstart Learning Partnership Trust Board. I hope to support and to play a part in helping children and staff across the partnership to achieve, thrive and be content in their time with us. To my role I bring a passion for high quality education which equips children for life, and particularly to see children grow holistically as responsible citizens in an ever-changing world through the promotion of Christian values, and a discovery of their value and worth to a God who loves them. I also am strong strategically and organisationally.
My wife Rachelle and I have 4 boys - Jonah, Reuben, Gabriel and Caleb - and in our spare time we enjoy a range of sport, music and being with friends. I am also a passionate reader, currently working my way through all the Booker Prize winners since 1969!
I have been Head of School at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School since September 2017 and was previously Head of School at Castle Primary School in Stoke-sub-Hamdon. Prior to this, I was Assistant Head at Redstart Primary School and have been helping to lead on various parts of school improvement within the Redstart Learning Partnership since its formation in 2015. I am particularly passionate about the use of rich, engaging texts in the classroom and the role that the arts can play in children’s development.
I am Dad to three sons, aged 6, 12 and 14 and am actively involved in the life of my church, as well as leading a team of young people each August to run a residential camp for children aged 7 - 12: Somerset Christian Camps. I am passionate about the role of Collective Worship within the school and how a shared understanding of a set of school Christian values can help everyone in the community navigate a sometimes tricky world.
I have two children at Holy Trinity School, currently in year 5 and 3. I was elected as a parent governor three years ago and it has been an enormous privilege to be involved with the school and wider trust partnership since then. I am Course Manager for Biology and Teaching and Learning Lead at Richard Huish College in Taunton where I have worked for over 20 years. I am passionate about education and providing opportunities that ensure all children can thrive. I am also a member of Creech St. Michael Baptist Church which I attend regularly with my children and I value the church status of Holy Trinity.
I have 2 children at the school, in Year 1 and Year 6 and I have loved being part of the school journey over the last few years. I teach French & Drama at secondary level and also have experience of teaching French in EYFS & at primary level. I have held middle leadership roles in both pastoral and academic positions. I am passionate about education and providing all children with a broad and balanced curriculum as well as a wide breadth of experiences. In my spare time I love running, walking with the family and our dog, gardening on my allotment, cooking and baking.
After studying in Manchester then Plymouth and a period working in Cheltenham, I moved back to Taunton in 2007 where I grew up.
I am a self-employed facilitator, supporting communities with complex social issues. I have spent 20 years working in community development in the charity and private sectors, and am passionate about the power of a community and what can be achieved when confidence increases. I have a keen interest in inclusion and accessibility in its widest sense and look forward to supporting Holy Trinity share the opportunities and benefits of learning with all its pupils and families.
I am Head of Sixth Form at King’s College Taunton. A teacher of English, I started my career working as an EAL teacher in Poland and France. After my PGCE I worked at a Sussex comprehensive and Lancing College, where I was Head of English for seven years. I moved to King’s in 2013 to focus on progression through the sixth form and post-18 transition to Higher Education and the workplace. I am very keen on school debating, and have experience of a range of inter-school competitions. In my own time I play the piano, voraciously consume novels and follow sport, in particular cricket and football – all enthusiasms I attempt to share with my own, often bewildered, three children. I believe passionately that all learning – and in particular the study of literature, music and art – has enormous power to expand people’s personal and intellectual horizons.
The 2021/2022 Ethos Committee members are Sarah Marshall (Chair) Fr Julian Laurence, Jeremy Handscomb, Isabelle Ashton, Verity Saunders, Joanne Skitteral.