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Teaching Staff

Assistant Principal

Ed Reilly

Ed was educated at Strathclyde University and Brunel University. He has a BA in Arts and Social Sciences and a Masters in Applied Social Studies. He also has a Diploma in Social Work and was a qualified Social Worker before gaining his QTS and becoming a teacher. He has worked at Meadows School in both the Care and Education departments, becoming the Head of Key Stage 4 in 2009.

Head of Key Stage

Paul Stead

Paul was educated at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated with a BEd (Hons) in Physical Education. Paul has worked in a variety of mainstream schools as a Head of PE joining Meadows School in 2004 as Head of KS3.  

Head of Key Stage 5 (Post 16)

Marianne Rodger-Weetman

Marianne graduated from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in Leisure, Business, Management & IT and a year later from Sheffield University with an MSc. in Sport & Recreation Management. As an ex junior County tennis player and a qualified Tennis Coach, she gained employment with the Lawn Tennis Association as a Tennis Development Officer and Mini Tennis Coach, working with local junior County tennis players, for fifteen years. She commenced her teaching career in 2007 as a Lecturer in Sports Development/Science, also working as a Further Education Sports Co-Ordinator, within various Further Education Colleges in Kent. She completed her PCGE at Canterbury Christchurch University and subsequently gained QTLS status. Marianne joined Meadows as the Head of Key Stage 5 in September 2013. She is half Finnish and is fluent in the language.

SENCo

Claire Ciano

Teachers

Xavier Azzopardi

Xavier emmigrated from Gibraltar to the UK at an early age. He graduated with honours in BA(Hons) in Hispanic Languages from Portsmouth University. Xavier has worked as a Head of Year and Head of Languages in mainstream schools. He has also had extensive commercial experience sourcing fresh produce for major UK supermarkets and was instrumental in helping to set up the freshly squeezed orange business in the UK. Xavier has also had experience within the catering industry. He is now Head of Food Studies at Meadows and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Xavier is bi-lingual Spanish and English and can also speak French, Portuguese and Italian.

Evelyn Daniels

Evelyn completed a Degree in Education BA (Hons) at Greenwich University. She was a state-enrolled nurse for 6 years and then became a Teaching Assistant at Meadows for 14 years. She undertook the Equalitas Teaching qualification and obtained Qualified Teacher Status whilst at Meadows and was then employed as the PSHE, Citizenship and Health and Social Care teacher. She is a qualified First Aid instructor and teaches students First Aid.

Andrea DePury

Helena Down

Helena attended the University College Dublin (UCD - Bellfield) and graduated with a BA (Special) Upper Second in History and Politics with Maths as a secondary subject. Helena completed her HDip (Ed) also in UCD. She has taught in Ireland for 5 years and then relocated to the Uk. She taught in her previous school for 15 years before joining Meadows in 2005. Helena also speaks Irish, BSL and a little French.

Lisa Eaton

Lisa obtained a Foundation Degree in Early Years from the University of Greenwich and then completed her Certificate of Education at West Kent College and the Assessors' Award. She has managed a nursery, worked with special educational needs students (between 0-19) and worked as a Learning Support Assistant. She has trained adults on Special Educational Needs, Communication and Behaviour Management. Lisa has been working at Meadows School since November 2015, teaching a variety of BTECs in the 16+ unit. She is also training staff and students in Emergency First Aid at Work.

Linda Garnett

Linda graduated from Hull College of Higher Education with B.Ed (Hons). Linda has taught students with Special Educational Needs for over thirty years. She began her teaching career and was then promoted to Literacy Co-ordinator and Strategy Manager. In 2008 she relocated to East Sussex and in 2011 joined Meadows School. Linda has responsibility for English and Maths at Key Stage 5.

Colin German

Colin was educated at Nottingham University, graduating with a BEd (Hons) in Education. He then went on to complete an MA at the University of London. He started teaching in 1971 and has taught in mainstream education and special ed. He began at Meadows in 1997 as a general teacher, then becoming the Head of ICT and was also previously Head of KS4. Colin is currently the part-time Data Manager, still overseeing school IT.

Camilla Gould

Camilla studied through the Open University and obtained a BA(Hons) in Health and Social Welfare. Camilla completed her GTP working in mainstream schools (large and small). She has experience of teaching from reception to Year 6 and teaching all curriculum subjects. Camilla began at Meadows School in April 2015 and is Head of English.

Rachel Grabowski

Rachel studied at the University of Greenwich for a BA(Hons) in Primary Education, specialising in English. She has experience of teaching from reception to Year 6 and teaching all curriculum subjects. She is a Specialist Leader in Education for English and Creativity. Rachel joined Meadows in January 2016.

Edwin Kegode

Edwin attended Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, obtaining a BEd (Hons). He began his teaching career in Kenya in 1989 in mainstream schools offering IGCSE, GCE and the IBac curriculum. He moved to the UK where he joined Meadows School in 2004 as a Drama teacher. He also teaches Business Studies.

John Oakley

John graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class BEd (Hons) degree in Primary Teaching and has been teaching since 2010. He has worked across all primary Key Stages and has now joined our teaching team delivering BTEC courses at our 16+ site as well as teaching English and BTEC courses in Key Stage 4.

Sandra O'Leary

Sandra attended the University of Liverpool and graduated with BA(Hons) 1st Class in History and also has a Masters in Historical Research (Distinction). Sandra had her research published as Chapter 9 in 'Reform and Reformers in Nineteenth Century Britain' edited by Michael J.Turner. She has taught at the University of Liverpool and then obtained her PGCE in 2003. She has taught in mainstream schools and been an Education and Activities Co-ordinator for the Simon community in Ireland. Whilst there she completed a Diploma in Addiction Studies at the University of Ireland (Maynooth). Sandra has been at Meadows School since 2009.

John Rapley

John studied Art and Design at KIAD Canterbury and later graduated with honours in Graphic Design from de Montfort University, Lincoln.  After completing his PGCE in secondary D&T at Canterbury Christ Church University, he worked in mainstream education for 3 years before applying for the post of Head of D&T at Meadows. When he started in 2010 the department was mostly just woodwork, now in his sixth year, the department is much changed and developed, offering educational opportunities similar to most secondary schools.

Robert Roker

Rachel Smith

Rachel attended Loughborough University, gaining a 1st Class BA(Hons) degree in Multimedia Textiles. Rachel began her educational career at Meadows School as an LSA who then completed her teacher training whilst at Meadows, gaining experience in a variety of mainstream schools including grammar and comprehensive. She taught has taught Art at Meadows since 2012.

Maryjane Stevens

Clive Stott

Clive has extensive experience in the commercial sector, working for primarily Coutts and Nat West as a Senior IT Programme Manager. Clive has taught IT at Meadows since 2009 - and also is extremely adept at fixing school IT issues!

Outreach

Karen Spink

Karen Spink - After graduating at Stirling University with a degree in English and Fine Art, Karen became a sports journalist, spending the next twenty years covering football, rugby union, golf, tennis and snooker for a variety of national newspapers and magazines. However, a chance visit to Meadows School in 2007 and subsequent volunteer work, opened the door to a new and rewarding challenge. After developing and extending the home tuition programme, Karen assumed the newly created role of Outreach Teacher in March 2013. Meadows Outreach provides an education for those unable or unwilling to attend school whilst offering an alternative to permanent exclusion by engaging parents/carers/students in the education process through communication, awareness and understanding.

Teachers plan lessons that engage and motivate pupils and meet the needs of all pupils' (Ofsted Education 2016)