Phil Petch - Head Teacher
Phil is the Head Teacher of Arc Oakbridge School. He qualified as a teacher in 2000 and went on to complete extensive post graduate training in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He moved to the UK from South Africa upon completing his training and subsequently converted his teacher training to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and later the nationally recognised Special Educational Needs Coordinator qualification.
Since 2004 Phil has worked in a range of school in the UK, but predominantly in SEND settings. He steadily worked his way through the educational ranks from being a class teacher to a being the head teacher of an independent SEND school. This progression included teaching and supporting young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition and eventually heading a school for young people who had experienced significant abuse.
In June of 2018 Phil had been recruited by the Kedleston Group to develop a stand-alone provision for children with autism and additional and complex needs in Birmingham.
Allyson Williams – Office Manager
Allyson has worked with Phil for the last 2 years at a SEMH school as an administrator. Previous to joining the school Allyson worked as an Office Manager in a psychiatric hospital where no two days were the same, just like at school!
Allyson has three children of varying ages. Allyson thoroughly enjoys working with children, especially those with extra needs as she loves to see the successes the children have, no matter how small they may seem to someone on the outside.
Allyson is always on hand for students and parents and will always listen and help where possible.
Janine Zablocki BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQSL, Med (Psych)
Janine qualified as a Secondary School Science Teacher in 2002 and has since taught in schools across the West Midlands, after starting out as an environmental scientist.
Janine has held a range of roles including Gifted and Talented Coordinator, ITT professional Mentor, Community Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Transition and key Stage 3 with senior Leadership responsibility for parental engagement, praise and rewards.
Inspired by her experiences, Janine completed a master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 29016 and subsequently decided to move into special education. Having two older sisters with Down’s syndrome, Janine has life experience of SEND including assisting her parents in running a youth club and travelling with a theatre company for people with learning difficulties across the UK.
Janine is passionate that all children, young people and their families should be supported positively and creatively to develop independence and long term emotional and physical wellbeing with high aspirations.
Janine enjoys the great outdoors, particularly trail running, she is also a musician, playing the piano and saxophone in local bands and an orchestra.
Susan Nuttall – HLTA
Susan is a qualified teacher who has been a class teacher in mainstream primary schools for thirteen years. Within that time, she has co-ordinated P.E. and PSHE throughout the school, along with mentoring newly qualified teachers. Susan spent a number of years integrating SEBD students from a resource base into her mainstream classroom.
Susan has a son with autism, who was diagnosed in 2009. Since that time she has been actively involved in helping children with autism and their families, and studied extensively to further her knowledge and understanding of the condition. Susan has achieved a M.Ed. Special Education: Autism (Children) from The University of Birmingham, where she has subsequently spent time assisting Master’s students with their studies.
Susan is a sport enthusiast, playing and being involved in many different sports and outdoor activities. Susan plays tennis competitively and runs and swims regularly. She has co-ordinated and attended a number of outdoor and adventurous activity residential’s for children and families, including those for children with autism.
Susan is extremely passionate about working with children and young people with autism in order to help them reach their full potential.
Sabrina Whyte – Teaching Assistant
Sabrina is a qualified teaching assistant with a level 3 NVQ in child care and education qualification. Sabrina has a passion to work with children and has done community projects, nurseries and play-schemes for over 15 years. Sabrina has been in special schools for over 4 years and has previously worked in our fellow Arc School in Old Arley for 2 years. Sabrina is excited to join the new school in Birmingham, Arc Oakbridge.
Sabrina is a bubbly character who has expertise in working with young people of all ages and has a pastoral background. Sabrina loves to be creative, she loves to teach cooking and is always there to listen to each child and give support.
Vikki McCabe – Cook
Hi, I am Vikki, your school cook at Arc Oakbridge. I am a mum to a wonderful son, who is 19 and has Asperger’s. I have worked in school kitchens for nearly 8 years, I am a home cook and believe every child should have a home cooked lunch, to help them learn throughout the day. I have 5 cats, enjoying listening to music and going to the movies with my son. I enjoying travelling and like to try new foods, to get ideas for the kitchen. I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
David Davies – Teacher
David is a qualified teacher with a speciality in English and has approximately thirteen years’ experience of working in SEN schools. David has recently worked in a SEN school in Redditch teaching students with autism that have specific complex needs. David enjoys the challenge of ASD students and always tries to make learning interesting and relevant to the students.
David is married with three children; the eldest of which has autism. David has used this experience in his teaching and fully understands the pressures and issues that come with being a parent of a child with autism. David enjoys spending time with his family on days out and holidays. David also likes to keep fit and has recently raised money for charity by completing the Birmingham Half Marathon.
Justin Byrne – Site Maintenance
My name is Justin Byrne, I am the cleaner and maintenance manager at Arc Oakbridge. I have previously worked on the railway as a train cleaner and at Birmingham Airport also cleaning aircrafts.I am an ex member of the Army Cadet Force, the Territorial Army and The Officers Training Corps. I have two children, aged 14 and 16, I also have two corn snakes, my hobbies are PS4 gaming and painting and collecting military models.