The children and young people at High Peak School are supported by the education and care teams led by the Principal. Educational staff includes teachers, pastoral support and teaching assistants, there is also access to the school nurse, counselling and and psuchology. The care team is led by the Head of Care, Registered Manager along with both day and night care workers. All staff ensure the well-being of the young people at High Peak School is met and that they know they are valued and cared for.
I work for the Kedleston Group as Principal of High Peak School,
I have worked in the arena of special education from the moment of entering the teaching profession 39 years ago. I have worked in both the school and further education sectors during that time.
My working career started in farming and it was only my mother seeing a very small advert in the local paper, where the local college was advertising for a tutor to teacher animal studies and horticulture that I got into teaching.
I first started as an unqualified teacher and then for the next 15 years worked full time and studied to become qualified, gaining a B Phil Ed (Special Education) at Birmingham University and an MBA from the University of Wolverhampton.
Over time my career progressed from a qualified teacher, to middle manager and then senior manager. I have worked with some amazing people over the years who gave me many opportunities. I became the Principal of a residential specialist college, where I also held the responsibility of Registered Manager. I have held the post of Director of Education at David Lewis working with children and young people with epilepsy and then became Head Teacher of Inscape House School, working with children and young people with ASC.
I am passionate about encouraging pupils, staff and families to aspire to things they never thought possible by working together to breaking down the barriers to success. I am privileged as a Head Teacher to have it within my power to make things happen – so watch this space to see the employability, vocational and enterprise opportunities that will soon start to burst forth at High Peak.
I have worked within specialist and mainstream education for the last 14 years and am passionate about enabling young people to achieve and fulfil their potential through innovative and inspiring learning opportunities.
After completing a degree in Fine Art I worked in residential care with adults with learning difficulties and autism before moving to a residential college in Nottingham where I began my teaching career. I later moved to Manchester to work at a college for adults with SEN, autism and Epilepsy, continuing to teach whilst completing my PGCE and then moving into management roles. Over the last 6 years I have been part of the senior leadership team in an education setting for young people with autism and SEN and gained great satisfaction from leading a large staff team and observing the impact this had on the students. Some of the many highlights of working in education is seeing the students achieve and the college being recognised as outstanding by Ofsted.
In my personal life I like to set myself challenges and keep active. Over the years I have completed a number of triathlons, half marathons and this year swam across the English Channel as part of a relay team.
Head of Pastoral Care (Education)
Claire has been working with young people with SEMH for over five years and heads up the team to ensure that the highest standards of care and support are met. Claire is a member of the senior leadership team and actively oversees the operation functions of the school. She has held a previous role as Head of Student Services in a large college environment for over ten years. Outside the school day Claire is a busy mum of two children, who enjoys spending her free time gardening, hill walking in the Peak District as well as travelling.