Amy is an experienced educator, SENCo and Assistant Headteacher, having been working in education for 23 years. She studied French at the University of Liverpool, before completing her PGCE and starting her teaching career in the same city, then moving to London. Amy’s extensive experience of inner city teaching has led to the passionate belief that regardless of circumstance or challenges, every child has the right to achieve and fulfil their potential; and this is achieved through high quality education, led by those who have the highest expectations of the students they teach and nurture. She is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and a Harpenden parent.
Zoe Coomber – Head of Maths
Zoë graduated from Manchester University with a Masters degree in structural engineering before working for PwC Consulting and Capgemini in Australia and the UK. She then led technology delivery at the Telegraph Media Group before making a career change into teaching. Having completed a PGCE at Roehampton University Zoë spent her formative teaching years working for the Harris Federation in inner London. Moving back out to Hertfordshire (where she was born and bred) in 2013, she has worked as Head of Maths in two schools, significantly improving results. Alongside this Zoë has consulted for Herts for Learning and is a GCSE examiner for Edexcel. She has also supported primary schools in Maths, both as an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) and a parent volunteer. Zoë strongly believes that all students can achieve in Maths and is focused on engaging them to feel confident in the subject. She is passionate about creating positive and successful teams that accomplish great things and is looking forward to taking up her post as Head of Maths in the founding leadership team at the Katherine Warington School.
Grace Aikman – Head of English
Grace Aikman will be joining our team as part of the founding leadership team in the role of Head of English. After completing her Post Graduate Degree in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, Grace studied for her PGCE with the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and passed with Distinction. Grace secured a position at Sir John Lawes School as an English Teacher in 2014 and went on to lead on Anti-Bullying and Debating within the school. This contributed towards her success in winning Hertfordshire’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2015. For the past four years, Grace has been focused on her role as a Head of Year at Sir John Lawes having supported Years 7, 8 and 9.
Grace is currently leading development work in her school as part of her Masters in Education and has been learning more about whole school leadership as she was seconded to Sir John Lawes’ senior leadership team in September of 2018. Grace is thrilled to be a part of The Katherine Warington School and is excited to get started on developing a robust and engaging KS3 English curriculum.
Sarah Creamer – Head of Science
Sarah studied Physics at Durham University and, before embarking on her final year of study, completed a summer internship for a major consultancy firm in London, which only served to confirm that she did not want a career doing a ‘typical office job’. After graduating, Sarah qualified as a teacher in 2010 through the Teach First teacher training programme and spent the first four years of her teaching career at an outstanding school in Wembley, where she held the role of Head of Physics. Sarah then moved to Harpenden and joined the Science department at Sir John Lawes school and quickly became Assistant Head of Science, a role that she has held there since 2014. Sarah is immensely excited to be involved in the set up of Katherine Warington School and can’t wait to use the network of Rothamsted Research, the University of Hertfordshire and Harpenden’s outstanding secondary schools to ensure that students at Katherine Warington School experience the wonder of Science, both inside and outside the classroom.