Meet the team

Meet the team

Court Moor has just under 70 teaching staff and it is likely that most students will have some interaction with most staff in their time at Court Moor. We like this because it helps to keep a strong sense of community and that personal touch is what students and parents like about the school. It’s always good to put a face to a name, so feel free to browse the profile of some key members of our team:

  • Senior Leadership Team
    • Mr Paul Jenkins

      Mr Paul Jenkins

      Mr Jenkins is the Headteacher at Court Moor School. He joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in 2012, having worked here in his first post as a young teacher! He taught English and Drama before becoming Head. Mr Jenkins aims to make Court Moor School "a great place to be and a place to be great" for staff and students alike. In May 2020 he became Headteacher of both Court Moor School and Aldworth School.

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    • Mrs Claudia Beattie

      Mrs Claudia Beattie

      Mrs Beattie has worked at Court Moor since 2008 and became Curriculum Leader for Mathematics in January 2015. She teaches Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. "For us in the Maths department, every student counts." In September 2018, Mrs Beattie was appointed Assistant Headteacher. Since 2020, she works as deputy to Mr Jenkins across Court Moor School and Aldworth School.

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    • Mr Phil Blagg

      Mr Phil Blagg

      Mr Blagg is Head of School. He joined as Deputy Headteacher 5 years ago. His Head of School role focuses on the day to day running of the school, including teaching and learning, behaviour, staffing, site related issues, as well as teaching Global Studies. "It's great to see students go from Year 7 through to 11 developing into confident and successful young adults. I enjoy working at Court Moor because there is a strong, vibrant community."

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    • Mrs Naomi Metcalfe

      Mrs Naomi Metcalfe

      Mrs Metcalfe is Deputy Head of Court Moor School. She joined the staff at Court Moor in 2001 as Head of Department, before becoming Head of Performing Arts and than an Assistant Headteacher. 'Being able to inspire, influence and shape our future adults is a very privileged position, one which I am lucky to hold, here at Court Moor School."

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    • Mr Rich Bolton

      Mr Rich Bolton

      Mr Bolton joined Court Moor in January 2015 as Assistant Headteacher. He teaches PE and Geography. "Court Moor is a school full of warmth and caring people, but not at the expense of quality education. Everybody here, students and staff alike, are very keen to do their very best and work exceptionally hard to ensure the best outcomes for all concerned. I look forward to a bright future at Court Moor, as the school continues to develop and flourish!"

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    • Mrs Julia Vale

      Mrs Julia Vale

      Mrs Vale had a successful career in industry before training as a teacher. She came to work at Court Moor in 2007 as Curriculum Leader for Information Technology, and was promoted to Assistant Headteacher in 2010. "Even though I came to teaching late in life, it really is the best job in the world. A day doesn't go by where I am not inspired by our youngsters or learn something I didn't know before."

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    • Mr Terry McEnroe

      Mr Terry McEnroe

      Mr McEnroe is an Assistant Headteacher, having joined the school in September 2015 to teach and head up the English department. Mr McEnroe says that he has "been really impressed by not only the students' hunger to learn and achieve, but also their manners and courtesy."

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    • Mrs Natalie Milner

      Mrs Natalie Milner

      Mrs Milner joined Court Moor in September 2019. She is an Assistant Headteacher and Executive Head of Science, having worked as a Head of Department, Pastoral Leader and Senior Leader since joining the teaching profession straight out of University in 1992! "I am thrilled to be joining Court Moor School to take on a role which enables me to utilise all my experiences and passions for edcuation."

    • Mr Tim Sandford

      Mr Tim Sandford

      Mr Sandford joined Court Moor in 2009 as SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). In 2014 he was promoted to become the Director of Intervention and Inclusion (SENCO). He has oversight of the Support Studies department along with looked after children and students who are provided with additional support off-site. "This role provides for a high degree of challenge alongside a great opportunity for reward. The great benefit of being a part of Court Moor is the ability to work not just with wonderful students but with a team of such highly motivated and caring professionals."

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    • Ms Jackie Allison

      Ms Jackie Allison

      Ms Allison is a Lead Practitioner with particular responsibility for Pastoral matters and is the Designated Safeguard Lead. She teaches French, Spanish and German. "I love the energy that comes from working with such a diverse group of young people, their humour and enthusiasm, and the fact that I am frequently challenged to reconsider my own points of view! As teachers we have the privilege of being involved with young people at a time in their life when they change enormously and are beginning to develop their character and potential."

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  • Curriculum Leaders
    • Mr Matt Ashford

      Mr Matt Ashford

      Mr Ashford joined Court Moor in September 2019 as Curriculum Leader for Music. "I'm proud to be part of a school that is actively trying to develop Music as an essential and important part of the curriculum. I think that having a space to be creative and express yourself is crucial to developing skills that can be used in every aspect of life. I want students to have the confidence to be imaginative, curious and actively engaged in our aim to provide them with memories and skills that they will have for the rest of their lives."

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    • Mr Tom Baxter

      Mr Tom Baxter

      Mr Baxter started working at Court Moor in September 2017 and teaches Drama. "The thing I enjoy most about teaching Drama at Court Moor is seeing students develop their confidence and collaborative skills. I love it when a class supports and encourages one another and I think that’s something that students at Court Moor do brilliantly. Drama is a subject that all students find challenging in different ways so it is especially pleasing to see students working hard to overcome those challenges in order to improve their level of skill."

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    • Mr Mark Campbell

      Mr Mark Campbell

      Mr Campbell is Curriculum Leader for Design Technology and Computer Science encompassing Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics, Electronics, Engineering, Food and Nutrition, and Computing. "I really enjoy watching the students' creativity and seeing them develop their ideas from initial concept design through to practical application. I find the mix of practical, creative and technical expertise really exciting. It is a really demanding subject area to teach because it is continually evolving and changing in response to technological advances in the world. I need to stay up-to-date with industrial practices and software developments to provide the students with the best learning environment possible and skills relevant to the real world."

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    • Mrs Natalie Milner

      Mrs Natalie Milner

      I have been teaching Science since 1992 and have seen many aspects of the curriculum change during my career. However, perhaps the most important role of science is to sustain that sense of awe and wonder in young people that comes from exploring and understanding the natural and technological world. I'm looking forward to working with the team of teachers and Court Moor students to ensure we are all aware of the world around us, our impact on it and how we can influence things for the better in the future.

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    • Mr Alex Murphy

      Mr Alex Murphy

      Mr Murphy joined Court Moor in September 2018 as Curriculum Leader for History. "History is an opportunity for an individual to learn about humanity - its triumphs as well as its greatest flaws. History in Court Moor is a means for a student to express themselves, to give their opinion over a whole matter of events and practice skills which are respected by all. I believe I'm lucky to share with students the many stories (both happy and sad!) History has to offer as well as hear the students own interpretations of them."

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    • Mrs Adele Pike

      Mrs Adele Pike

      Mrs Pike joined Court Moor School in 2011 as a newly qualified teacher, and has been Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages since 2013. She teaches German and French. "What I love about my job is being able to watch our students passionately engage in their learning and develop as individuals as they move through the school. Court Moor is a special place, not just because of its students but also because of the friendly, caring and supportive staff."

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    • Mrs Grajina Carswell

      Mrs Grajina Carswell

      Mrs Grajina Carswell joined Court Moor in 2013, becoming Assistant Curriculum Leader for Maths in 2015 and Curriculum Leader for Maths in 2018. "We have the responsibility to help all our pupils achieve the very best they can, and it is a privilege to work with them to ensure they meet their goals."

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    • Miss Kirsty Teague

      Miss Kirsty Teague

      Miss Teague joined Court Moor in 2018 and is Curriculum Leader for English. "Having taught English for over 10 years I am delighted to join such a vibrant school as Curriculum Leader. Pupils are engaged, enthusiastic and the staff are fully committed to their learning and development. I am looking forward to being part of such a fantastic team and sharing my love of the subject with the students here. "

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    • Mrs Jan Vincent

      Mrs Jan Vincent

      Mrs Vincent is the Head of the Learning Hub and is one of the longest serving members of staff in the school, having joined Court Moor in 1996.
      Having spent time working as an LSA in class, then LSA Team Coordinator, she was promoted to departmental head in 2014. Her primary responsibility is for the day to day provision for students with SEN.
      "I joined Court Moor School to make a difference; to help children learn and to have confidence and belief in themselves. I love what I do and am passionate about it, I can't imagine doing anything else more rewarding or satisfying."

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    • Mrs Antonella Edwards

      Mrs Antonella Edwards

      Mrs Edwards first joined Court Moor in 2008 as a teacher of Art and Design and Head of Year. After working abroad for the past three years she has now returned in 2018 as Curriculum Leader of Art, Design and Photography. "Exploring creativity with young people and developing their skills as young artists, designers and photographers is an amazing way to spend your day as an educator and being part of the Court Moor team is great."

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    • Miss Rachel Hamalienko

      Miss Rachel Hamalienko

      Miss Hamalienko has been Curriculum Leader of PRE since 2014; as well as teaching every year group Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. She is also involved in Holocaust Education and runs the Diversity Ambassadors scheme at Court Moor. This involves collaboration with other organisations outside of the school community. "Teaching here is an honour and a privilege. Seeing students really think, evaluate, question and develop is fascinating and a responsibility I do not take lightly. Being able to support students as a teacher and a tutor is incredibly rewarding."

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    • Mrs Rachel Hawke

      Mrs Rachel Hawke

      Mrs Hawke joined Court Moor in September 2016 as Curriculum Leader for Geography. She also teaches Travel and Tourism. "The best part about my job is helping students to realise how everything they learn in Geography is happening in the real world. This is why field trips are so important to their education, as students get an opportunity to investigate processes and theories for themselves."

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    • Mr Dan Hazel

      Mr Dan Hazel

      Mr Hazel joined Court Moor in September 2017 as Curriculum Leader for PE. "I am delighted to be part of this fantastic community. The students here have energy and enthusiasm in abundance and I am determined to provide them with the opportunities to discover and develop a passion for physical activity and sport both as a result of high-quality PE lessons and an extensive extra-curricular programme."

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    • Mrs Bev Lilly

      Mrs Bev Lilly

      Mrs Lilly taught at Court Moor from 1999 - 2003 and returned in 2014. "I love being part of the Court Moor team and being able to see our students become competent and confident linguists, despite the fact that learning a language can be a challenging skill. It's inspiring to see how they flourish when their skills are put into action both inside and outside of the classroom, especially on our language trips. It makes my role very rewarding."

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  • Heads of Year
    • Mrs Jacquelyn Miller

      Mrs Jacquelyn Miller

      Mrs Miller joined Court Moor in September 2003. She teaches Design Technology and is Head of Year 7.

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    • Miss Christina Hopton

      Miss Christina Hopton

      Miss Hopton joined Court Moor in September 2018 and teaches PE. She is also the Head of Year for year 8. "I enjoy every minute of being a part of the Court Moor community. The sense of ambition and determination from each and every student is amazing and I feel honoured that I can be a part of their education journey"

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    • Miss Hayley Woodward

      Miss Hayley Woodward

      Miss Woodward joined Court Moor in September 2018. She teaches Geography and is Head of Year 9. "The sense of community at Court Moor struck me from the first moment that I arrived. Pupils and Staff are caring and passionate which makes Court Moor a very happy place to be"

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    • Mr Daryl Higgs

      Mr Daryl Higgs

      Mr Higgs joined Court Moor School in September 2015. He teaches Science and is responsible for the welfare and progress of year 10 students. "I have found that one of the many qualities of Court Moor is how welcoming the staff and students are. There is a real sense of drive and everyone wants to be a part of it."

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    • Mr Richard Francis

      Mr Richard Francis

      Mr Francis is Head of Year 11 with responsibility for the welfare and progress of year 11 students. He teaches Geography and PE. "The students are inspiring. Their potential is limitless, they push us to be our best which I enjoy."

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