Nyree Parker is the Headteacher of the Arc School, Ansley and has been in post since the beginning of March 2019. Following the completion of a Degree in Biology, Nyree took several years in industry before taking up a residential care worker role at Alderwasley Hall School in Derbyshire. As a result of her experiences here, Nyree decided to complete her teacher training, with a view to specialising in SEN. In 2001, she qualified as a Secondary Science Teacher, with a specialism in Biology and took up post in a mainstream secondary school in Stafford. During this time, Nyree spent much of her time working with the SEN department and supporting young people to access Science successfully.
In 2005, Nyree returned to Alderwasley Hall School as a class teacher and began to specialise specifically in Autism. During this time, she worked closely with a large therapy team and developed skills and strategies to support young people with Autism to access education and gain qualification commensurate with their ability. During her time at Alderwasley Hall School, Nyree was promoted to the Head of English role and then to the Assistant Head role, with responsibility for the Sixth Form. In addition to this, she completed an MA in Autism through Sheffield Hallam University.
Nyree left Alderwasley Hall School in 2015 and took up post at Longdon Park School in Derbyshire. Longdon Park was a new provision for young people with high functioning Autism and associated emotional and behaviour difficulties. In 2016, Nyree introduced the therapy dog to the school and continued to work to develop the therapy provision. In November 2016, Nyree became Head of School and continued to develop and grow the school, building an ethos of mutual respect, unconditional positive regard and holistic approaches, until leaving in March 2019 to join the Arc School.
Nyree is passionate about improving the life chances of young people and supporting those diagnosed with Autism to achieving the very best outcomes in order to move on to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives after education.
Brynmor is the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) at Arc School Ansley. He believes strongly that while all learners’ individual needs will present their own challenge, all pupils have the potential to achieve. Brynmor sees it as his responsibility, alongside the wonderful staff at Arc Ansley, to provide the best experience for the pupils they teach, break down the barriers to learning, encourage resourcefulness and resilience, and equip pupils with the necessary tools to confidently navigate our ever more complex and changing world.
Starting his career as a supply tutor in a variety of primary and secondary schools around the Midlands, Brynmor developed a love of education and went on to qualifying in Secondary Art and Design in 2007. In 2009 Brynmor took a position teaching Art at a residential and day school for over 120 pupils with diagnoses including SEMH, ADHD, ASC, PTSD, PDA, ODD and Attachment Disorder. They had also experienced significant disruption to their education due to multiple school moves, fixed term and permanent exclusions and long periods of part-time or no placement in schools. By 2016 Brynmor had built up a successful Arts Faculty that he was leading incorporating Drama, Music, Media, And Design Technology, and was ready for a fresh challenge.
In 2016 Brynmor was appointed as Assistant Head teacher for Inclusion and SENCO at a Mainstream Primary School in inner-city Birmingham. As part of this role Brynmor was responsible for developing and managing an ASD resource base for 21 pupils aged 4-11. During this year Brynmor completed the nationally recognised Special Educational Needs Coordinator qualification.
In January 2019, Brynmor joined the Arc School Ansley to help develop the school on its journey to becoming a provision specialising in supporting children with autism and additional and complex needs from around the Midlands.
Brynmor has three children and a passion for creativity and expression, regularly performing in stage shows at the Crescent Theatre with Bourneville Musical Theatre Company.
Dan has been working at the Arc Ansley since January 2016, having joined the school as a learning mentor. Following several years in the private care sector working with children and adults with profound learning disabilities and mental health issues, Dan took the decision to move back into the education sector. Dan trained to be a teacher when he first attended university and has recently been doing his post graduate degree in SEBD to increase his knowledge and understanding of the children he works with.
During his time with the school Dan has held various titles on the way to becoming the Pastoral Manager. He first came the school as a Learning Mentor, assisting students in lessons and teaching some of the KS3 curriculum. He then became the Literacy Intervention Lead for the school before moving over into the pastoral team as a Key Worker. He then moved to the position of Lead Key Worker before his title changed to Pastoral Manager. He works alongside the school’s Head of Care to manage the team of Key Workers and TA’s, to oversee the school’s behaviour policy, to monitor attendance, and lots of other different hats that would take too long to list!