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.
Zoe Anderson – Maths Teacher
Teaching has always been the only career option for Zoe. She gained her undergraduate degree in Education and Mathematics at Keele University, Staffordshire; completing two school placements during her time there. Zoe wrote her dissertation on the gender differences within Mathematics at GCSE level and through this research Zoe has found a passion for helping children from all student groups achieve within the subject. Zoe is completing her PGCE with the University of Hertfordshire in Mathematics and following on from her interest in Gender and Mathematics, Zoe wrote her formative PGCE assignment on Pupil Premium students and their achievement in Mathematics. Zoe started the girls football team whilst she was still at school and was then entered onto the FA Coaching Course and she has continued coaching both children and adults throughout university and whilst completing her PGCE placements. Taking on the position of Mathematics teacher at Katherine Warington is a huge step in Zoe’s development as a Mathematics teacher and she is very excited to be a part of the founding staff to develop this new school.
Holly Robinson – Art & D&T Teacher
Holly graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA honours in Graphic design and illustration before undertaking the Graduate teacher program in 2009. She has taught Art and design, Photography and Graphics courses across several Hertfordshire schools before undertaking her first head of department role in Luton. Holly is currently undertaking her Master’s in education and leadership as well as building her knowledge of whole school leadership through the Ambition institute and is a moderator for AQA. Holly strongly believes that all students should have access to the Arts and that creativity and visual literacy is vital in developing well rounded students. She is an advocate for all art forms and is passionate about building a vibrant, creative and knowledge led curriculum at Katherine Warington School.
Alice Bailey – Music Teacher
Alice is delighted to join the KWS team as Teacher of Music and brings with her a breadth musical skills and experience. A graduate of both the University of Sheffield (First Class Honours) and University of London; Goldsmiths College, she is passionate about engaging young people in music, whatever their starting point. Alice’s teaching career includes Mill Hill County High School, Barnet, and more recently The Knights Templar School, Baldock. At both schools Alice has enjoyed working with young people across the age ranges, both inside and outside of the classroom. She has also worked as a GCSE and A Level Examiner for both AQA and Pearson Edexcel over many years. Alice plays piano and flugel horn and is a keen brass bander. In 2009 she established the Hitchin Youth Band which she continues to lead. Throughout her work Alice is driven by the essential role which music plays in our lives and through which young people thrive; developing creativity, confidence, discipline and imagination. Alice lives in Hitchin where she is also a Parent Governor at her youngest son’s primary school.
Jacob Church – Drama Teacher
Jacob-John is a graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Before stepping into the joyous world of education, for several years he trod the boards bringing Theatre, Shakespeare and language to a wide range of audiences including writing and directing 2 national theatre-in-education tours in Italy. Up until 2018, Jacob-John worked as the Head of English and Theatre for an Italian education company teaching English through the pedagogy of Drama. It was there that Jacob-John was fortunate enough to create his own curriculum that would be rolled out to students all over the country, led training seminars for Italian English teachers, and trained and headed up a team of over 200 English tutors and actors. Upon his return to the UK Jacob-John embarked on the journey to obtain his PGCE from the University of Bedfordshire. Jacob-John is delighted to be joining KWS and together with the founding staff, build a safe, creative and expressive learning environment.
Jing Luo – Science and Mandarin Teacher
Jing is a graduate from Imperial College London with a MSci. Chemistry with a Year in Industry. She travelled from China to England at the age of 17, adapted to her environment and achieved her A levels and University Degree which enabled her to embark on a career as a Research Scientist for many years in a broad range of industries and research institutes, BASF Germany, Infineum UK Ltd, and most recent years at Rothamsted Research. She then worked as a SEND teaching assistant at Parmiter’s school for 6 months before making a complete career change into teaching and embarking on the journey to obtain her QTS from school direct Alban Federation in September 2018. With her dynamic life and work experiences, her passion for teaching Science and Mandarin, and being a proud parent and runner, Jing can’t wait to join KWS and use the links to Rothamsted Research and China (setting up sister schools in coming years) to provide students at KWS an innovative transformational positive experience, which are both enjoyable and empowering.
Amanda McPartlin – English and Geography Teacher
Amanda holds a Joint Honours degree in English and Geography from the University of Swansea – a combination of creative and analytical skills which stood her in good stead in her former publishing career commissioning university-level textbooks, and which she now looks forwards to utilising in her role as an English and Geography teacher at KWS.
Having worked across both primary and secondary education, Amanda has six years experience as a Teaching Assistant and has recently completed her teacher training at Sandringham School in St Albans. She is thrilled to be involved in Katherine Warington School right from the start and is passionate about helping your young people to develop the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve their potential in whatever walks of life they ultimately choose.
Amanda is a lover of books of all sorts and an avid netball player, coach and umpire.