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School Governors

Colin Green - Chair of the Board of Governors

Colin is a former director of children’s services with a special interest in safeguarding and children’s social care, and retired in 2013. He qualified as a social work and has held senior positions in a number of County and Metropolitan authorities.

Since retirement, Colin has worked on a range of projects, including; safeguarding reviews of local authorities, evaluation of services for a voluntary organisation, research on residential child care markets, and briefings on children’s services topics. Colin chaired the ADCS Children, Communities, and Young People policy committee for four years, and was a senior policy civil servant in the Department for Education.

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Nick Barnett

Nick has over 28 years’ experience in Social Care & Education. After 19 years as registered manager of outstanding children's homes he became a regional manager for a national company and improved the Ofsted inspections for 10 homes and a SEBD school. He received the High Sheriff’s Award from West Mercia Police, due to significantly reducing the number of Missing from Care incidents & Police interventions. He was also awarded the Adult Carer Award from Herefordshire Council.

Nick has delivered training for SEBD & Autism Schools, Children's & Adults Residential Homes, and Health & Welfare Secure Placements. In this role, he devised Individual Behaviour Support Plans to form positive day to day care for young people & adults with complex needs. Nick has also coached at West Brom & Birmingham City Football Clubs & ran several local teams in his area.

In 2005 Nick qualified as a Social Worker. He worked within the local authority Children & Families team before spending two years as a Fostering Social Worker for an Independent Fostering Service. Nick & his family also fostered for several years, a role which he would like to do again in the future.

Nick joined Caldecott in 2013 as Change Management Director improving the systems & framework to provide outstanding childcare. In 2015 Nick was appointed Responsible Individual for the residential service which has seen the services regulatory performance improved, with 7 out of the 8 homes now rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. The residential service also received the 'Howard League of Reform' Award for the reduction in police interventions, which reduced by over 80% & missing from care being reduced by 85%.

In 2018 Nick became the CEO of the Caldecott Foundation. Since his appointment he has driven improvements across the Fostering, residential & our School with 8 out of the 10 services rated Outstanding by Ofsted. He is passionate & driven to further develop the organisations therapeutic service through of Relational Model of Care.

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Karen Norman

Eighteen months into my A levels and with a place offered at university to study law, I left college and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth where I served in London, the British Embassy, Vienna and the British High Commission, New Zealand. I spent a few years at home, raising my three children and then did, as all my teachers at school had told me to do when I was at school - I studied to become a teacher, qualifying in 1999.

I was honoured to be appointed as Head Teacher of the Caldecott School in September 2019. Prior to this, I spent four years as the Head Teacher of a two-form entry Primary School in Rainham, Kent.

I completed my National Qualification for Headship when I worked at a village school in Kent and in 2009, I decided to progress my career by working in the city of London. I loved the different opportunities I had working in large inner-city schools – experiencing different cultures and undertaking a variety of roles which included leading on SEN, behaviour and professional development.

In March 2012, I was invited to work on the leadership team at Hawksmoor Primary – an outstanding school in Greenwich with 720 pupils. In September 2013, I was part of a government initiative to raise standards of maths teaching and I visited Shanghai with 72 other head teachers.

On our return, we worked with the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM) and set up 72 Maths Hubs across England; these Hubs are still at the centre of maths development today.

My career in education has spanned just over twenty years and I’ve never once regretted my decision to train as a teacher. Helping pupils grow academically and socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically, is both a challenge and an immense privilege and pleasure. I can’t imagine a life which doesn’t involve going to school each day!

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Zoë Pegden (BA Hons PGCE NPQH)

I joined the Caldecott School in 2018, having worked for 17 years in mainstream Primary Schools. I started as a parent helper and soon was employed as a teaching assistant and then a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). While working as a HLTA, I successfully studied for a degree in Childhood Studies, specialising in SEN and then completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Having completed all these roles, I value the importance of each.

Mainstream Primary was fantastic! I met so many wonderful children, parents, and professionals, but my passion lies in supporting children with SEN.   I joined the Caldecott School as the Autism Specialist Teacher, but quickly moved onto a project of a lifetime! I was asked to turn one of our old residential homes into a Primary School! With an amazing team we have created a nurturing, low stimulus, safe and happy learning environment. We are very proud of the Primary School and each one of our pupils.

Whilst developing the new Primary School, I continued studying and completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Part of this qualification was leading an ‘impact’ project and I chose to launch Forest School at Caldecott. This project has gone from strength to strength, and I am proud to say that we now have 6 Level 3 practitioners who provide Forest School to both Primary and Secondary pupils.

I work closely with the National Autistic Society and have led the school to successfully achieve our Autism Specialist Award. Working closely with local schools is the next move to sharing our practice.

It’s important for me that I lead by example and show our pupils that it’s OK to be different. I am an above knee amputee and resilience is my superpower. Our job is to unleash the superpowers in all our pupils!

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Stacey McShane

I have worked at the Caldecott School for the last nine years in a variety of roles; each one allowed me to develop my skills and understanding of SEND provision and be part of the evolution of the school. I have always been part of the Senior Leadership Team working with my colleagues to ensure that the school develops, year on year.

As Head of Secondary, I work closely with the Key Stage 4 teachers and the Careers Lead, to ensure that every pupil leaves Caldecott School, prepared for their post-16 employment or further education, having engaged in work- experience and completed and passed a range of accredited courses.

My career started when I was drawn to Kent after completing my teacher training in Liverpool.  As a Science Teacher I was given opportunities to work on the school farms, which I loved as well as teaching Horticulture and Science to A Level.

During this time, I began to develop my understanding of complex and vulnerable pupils and as a result started working with pupils who had been excluded from mainstream Science lessons; I am a firm believer that all pupils should be given the opportunity, and this was my way of achieving this.

Prior to joining Caldecott School, I worked in the prison service teaching Science; I led the provision for young offenders aged 11-18.   

The time I have spent at Caldecott School has, at times, been challenging, but it is always rewarding.  It is difficult to put into words how amazing our pupils are and how much they achieve.

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Jerry Evans

I have been at Caldecott since 2014, and am also a Level 3 Forest School Leader; I’ve worked with our young people to achieve the John Muir award in this area.

My wife, Mel, and I live locally and have 2 boys both with SEN. We have been Foster Carers, specialising in respite care, and subsequently adopted through KCC as well.

I am a trustee for Home-Start, a charity that works with families nationwide, and my wife and I foster dogs that have been rescued from Bosnia.

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Trudie Boorman

Trudie is a Registered Manager at Caldecott Foundation and has worked for the charity for 18 years. I’m delighted to have recently become a school governor. I’m passionate about supporting the children we look after, and ensuring that they receive the very best support in order to achieve the best they can from their time with us.

Damion Napier

Damion is a proven leader in residential childcare, fostering, and education for children that have suffered traumatic events in their lives and who are being cared for outside of their birth families. He has over 30 years of experience of working with children and young people.

He is a long-standing former registered manager of children’s homes with good to outstanding outcomes, and a former responsible Individual of an Independent Fostering Agency that achieved an Outstanding judgement from OFSTED. He is also a specialist trainer of safeguarding and health & safety for residential and education staff, and in PRICE techniques – ensuring that restraint reduction is at the core of his training. His responsibilities as school governor are in safeguarding and health & safety.

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Maree Thorn

Maree has extensive experience in both mainstream and special schools, including as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She has worked with staff to improve whole school SEND procedures and policies to improve the outcomes for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. She has teamed with other SENCos, specialist teachers and the Local Authority SEND team to enhance local knowledge and resourcing.

She has previously supported school governors to understand requirements and responsibilities and has led focus groups to research school improvement; and has worked with school trustees to inform them of practices, planned developments and the resulting impact. Maree co-founded South East SENCo Support, a consultancy agency that supports schools to develop their practices in order to offer the best possible provision for pupils with SEND. She also works for several local authorities as a school advisor specialising in SEND.

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Anne Hayward

Anne Hayward is an experienced SEND Consultant for over 25 years. Previously she was a Headteacher, Assistant Director of Education and a Registered Ofsted Inspector. She works around the country in LAs, schools and for the DfE on SEND. She has been involved with the Caldecott Foundation for nearly 3 years and is passionate to ensure that children and young people with SEND and their families achieve the highest quality of provision.