Tony Smith – Headteacher
Tony studied Economics at London School of Economics then worked for the BBC and EMI before setting up his own music and media companies. After an MBA at Cranfield University, he entered the education profession initially as an unqualified teacher. He trained via the GTP programme at the University of Hertfordshire and qualified as a teacher in 2008. Promoted shortly afterwards to the Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Headteacher at Roundwood Park School, he became Deputy Headteacher in 2012. Driving excellence in education by establishing the best structures to enable staff to deliver an enriching teaching experience and for students to thrive in a nurturing learning environment has been fundamental to the classroom and whole school work Tony has undertaken. He contributed to the initial proposal to establish a new secondary school in Harpenden in 2013 and has worked as project manager for the Trust since 2015. He takes up his position of founding Headteacher of the Katherine Warington School in January 2018.
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 in her post as Head of Maths in the founding leadership team at the Katherine Warington School.
Dean Inns – IT and School Business Manager
Dean has worked in education for his entire career to date, mainly in IT, and currently works across both Katherine Warington and Roundwood Park schools. Dean is currently completing the CSBM qualification to become a School Business Manager.
Dean has been involved in the KWS project from the start, having attended design meetings, building meetings and many site visits over the last few years. Dean was also responsible for the IT procurement for KWS, appointing the IT Contractor and overseeing the IT installation on site.
Previously he has also been involved in sound and lighting consultancy work both in local theatres and national venues.
Dean is looking forward to seeing the school open on site and the first intake flourish and make use of our state of the art facilities.
Vikki Eyley – Senior Learning Support
Vikki graduated from Keele University with a first class honours degree in biology and forensic science before starting work in science publishing – she worked for BioMed Central in London and then the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, rising to the Deputy Editor of the Bio journal portfolio.
During an extended maternity leave, she started volunteering with HomeStart (the children’s charity), supporting families in Luton. Returning to work saw a change in focus to the education sector, working with a number of Luton schools in various roles including governance administration.
She enjoys working with pupils, parents and staff to help pupils reach their potential and enjoy their school experience.