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Meet the SCITT Team

Andy Duffy
Assistant Headteacher ( SLE ITT ) SCITT Director
(B.Ed Hons PE with Geography, M.Ed,)

I have been teaching for 23 years and I firmly believe that teachers make all other professions possible.  I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training for 20 years as; a subject mentor for PE, Professional Mentor and now more recently for co-ordinating the consortium of schools for School Direct Trainees.  The school led system of Initial Teacher Training is expanding and to achieve SCITT Accreditation for Prince Henry’s High School was a major achievement and success.  You are entering the profession at an exciting time and I look forward to working with you throughout your training year.

Debbie Cox
Head of Food Technology and Professional Mentor

I joined Prince Henry’s in 2001 having previously taught in Birmingham and Solihull.  I have had many different curriculum roles within my teaching specialism of Food and Health and Social Care.  I have been involved with Initial Teacher Training for many years now working initially with PGCE students, then SD and now our very own SCITT.  I thoroughly enjoy being part of the journey our students take from their first day in school until the last.  It has been a valuable learning experience for me as well as I continually want to challenge myself as a teacher.  I look forward to supporting you on your journey.

Katie Knott
Teacher of Physical Education – Internal Verifier

I have been teaching for 17 years and I joined Prince Henry’s in 2005 as Head of Girls PE . During my time here I have held various different roles and positions of responsibility working with many talented colleagues along the way. Teaching young people is a two way process, you both learn from each other which  is a vital way of improving as a classroom practitioner.  I am passionate about supporting people new to the teaching profession and I look forward to working with you as part of the SCITT team.

Claire Fisher
Head of Science Subject Lead Tutor Science (B. Med. Sci, PGCE)

I joined Prince Henry’s as a PGCE student in 2000 and then returned the year after as an NQT. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed working within the Science department and was delighted to be promoted to Head of Biology and then to Head of Science.  I have always found the school to be incredibly supportive, full of expert colleagues with great ideas to share and inspiring lessons to observe. I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training for several years and have found it a privilege to mentor student teachers. I look forward to being part of the SCITT and to working with you.

Belle Summers
Deputy Head of Mathematics and Subject Lead Tutor in Mathematics (BSc Hons, PGCE)

I joined Prince Henry’s in 2005 having previously taught in schools in Redditch and Nottingham.  I have taken on a number of different positions within Maths the most recent of which involved setting up Core Maths as part of the Early Adopter programme and supporting other schools as a Maths SLE. I have a passion for Mathematics and for teaching which I bring to all of the roles I take on.  I have been a mentor for both PGCE and Schools Direct trainees and in taking a place on the SCITT course you can be assured that you will receive all the help and support that you need to allow you to develop as a teacher and to set you up for a successful career in the profession.

Nuala Barker
Assistant Headteacher / SLE (BA Hons, PGCE, NPQSL)

I have been a teacher of English for 29 years and more recently Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. Working with young people to develop their love of English is a privilege and honour and to see the delight on their faces when they achieve the grades they deserve is so rewarding. I have been involved in Initial Teacher Training for 25 years.  Being a role model and guiding the next generation of teachers has been the best form of professional development over all those years.  Constantly reflecting on my practice and sharing this experience with trainee teaches allows me to model outstanding practice.  To be able to lead the English course for Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT is a real privilege and I am looking forward to working with you throughout your training year.

Debbie Couliou
Head of Modern Foreign Langauges and Subject Lead Tutor Modern Foreign Langauges
(BA Joint Hons French and Italian, PGCE)

I joined Prince Henry’s as an NQT in 2004 and have thoroughly enjoyed my thirteen years in the profession here. Throughout this time the support of the school has been invaluable as I have taken on different positions of responsibility, both pastoral and within the MFL department. I have been a trainee teacher mentor for many years and look forward to being able to support and guide new entrants through their journey to becoming a teacher.

Neil Dick
Teacher of Business and economics and Subject Lead Tutor Business Studies
(BA Hons in Econ, MBA, PGCE)

I joined Prince Henry’s as a PGCE student in 2015 and subsequently progressed to be part of the full time staff as an NQT in 2016. Prior to teaching I spent 26 years in various sales, marketing and leadership roles in a large multinational IT company applying business concepts internally and for large scale client companies.   Within my time I have mentored many new entrants and internees and look forward to the opportunity to work with new teachers embarking on this exciting and rewarding profession.  Hopefully my experiences from having transferred from Business to teaching will be beneficial both for students coming into teaching from other fields and those joining straight from further education.

Liz Griffiths
Teacher of History and Subject Lead Tutor History and Geography

I began my teaching career in 2003 having previously worked in financial services and believe teaching offers a range of opportunities and experiences which is difficult to match.  I have supported trainee teachers from a variety of backgrounds as a subject mentor and have also worked collaboratively with colleagues from the USA and Europe.  I joined Prince Henry’s in 2015 and was previously Head of Humanities Faculty at a large comprehensive in Gloucestershire. I look forward to working with new entrants to the profession, ensuring that they have the effective support they need to build a rewarding career.

John Bridgens
Head of Physical Education and Subject Lead Tutor Physical Education
(BSc Hons, PGCE)

I joined Prince Henry’s as an NQT in 2004 and have thoroughly enjoyed my thirteen years in the profession here. Throughout this time the support of the school has been invaluable as I have taken on different positions of responsibility, all within Physical Education. I have been a trainee teacher mentor for many years and I look forward to working alongside you and supporting you through such an exciting and demanding time. Good luck!

Hannah Berry
Head of Computing and Subject Lead Tutor Computer Science
(BSc Hons, PGCE, NPQSL)

I joined Prince Henry’s as an NQT in 1999 and have thoroughly enjoyed my nineteen years in the profession here. Throughout this time the support of the school has been invaluable as I have taken on different positions of responsibility both in ICT and whole school.  I have been a trainee teacher mentor and it is a real privilege to lead  the Computer Science course for Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT and I am looking forward to working with you throughout your training year.