Donna Cornwell (Primary)
Donna has had over 30 year’s teaching and leadership experience in primary schools. She has taught the whole primary age range and has loved every age group for different reasons. When Headteacher of Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School, Donna twice led the school to an outstanding Ofsted rating, and other local schools have been able to use Donna’s experience through her role as a National Leader of Education. Throughout her career, Donna has always been committed to recruiting and retaining the best teachers, and has been a senior tutor since the beginning of our Primary SCITT.
Mark Soames (Secondary)
Mark has taught Science in Secondary schools for over 30 years, including 15 years as Head of Science, leading the department to an outstanding OFSTED rating. He has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for 25 years, as a mentor, professional tutor and SCITT senior tutor, and is Eastern Region Lead for a national ITE programme for maths and physics teachers. Mark is an Assistant Principal at Comberton Village College, where his responsibilities include initial teacher education, NQT induction, and professional development of all staff, at every stage of their careers, including leadership development.
Bex Jenkins (Primary)
During her 15 years at Little Paxton Primary School, Bex has risen from a newly qualified class teacher, to phase leader, then Key Stage leader and, for the last 7 years, Deputy Head. She leads English across the school, with a specialism in Phonics. Bex is passionate about teacher education and has not only mentored NQTs, but also supported various members of staff at different stages in their careers. Bex has been a mentor, Personal Tutor and a regular contributor to the Primary SCITT training programme since its beginning.
Angela Rodda (Secondary)
First and foremost, Angela is a Drama teacher, who remains committed to delivering high quality experiences for all students. In addition, for many years she has been Saffron Walden County High School’s lead for early career development, and has played a prominent role in Teacher Education in a wide range of schools. Now, as Assistant Headteacher, and Director of Teaching School, Angela leads on Continuing Professional Development, School to School Support and Research and Development, alongside Initial Teacher Education.
Jonathan Clarke (Primary)
Jonathan has taught at Hemingford Grey Primary School for ten years and has held a number of Senior Leadership positions. Deputy Headteacher for the last five years, he leads Basic Skills, assessment and CPD across the school, and supports other local schools with English and maths. He has been a Personal Tutor with the CTSN Primary SCITT since its inception, and also has contributed to the University of Cambridge PGCE, leading training days exploring curriculum, planning and the learning environment.
Martin Lee (secondary)
Throughout his career as a teacher and curriculum leader of Religious Education, Martin has taught across a wide range of schools, and led on a range of whole school issues, particular in the area of teachers’ research and development. For 12 years, Martin was a National Executive Committee Member of NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE), regularly providing training for RE teachers, and advice to several education authorities, examination boards, etc. He has been heavily involved in initial teacher education since 1995, both as a school leader for ITT, and also seconded to work with both Newcastle and Cambridge universities.
Jo Milton (Primary)
Jo has taught across the Primary age phase and has also taught science in a Middle School (Y5 – Y8). She has broad experience of leading a range of subjects, including Maths, PE and Science, and has held a number of Senior Leadership roles, including Phase Leader. Jo has extensive experience of mentoring both trainees and NQTs, not only in her own school, but also sharing her expertise with with others, both as Personal Tutor for the SCITT, and through her role as ‘Teaching Associate’ with the Cambridge University Primary PGCE.
Richard Davies (Secondary)
Richard has been teaching for 25 years. Originally a teacher of history, he has been a head of department and head of faculty in a large and successful comprehensive school, before moving into senior leadership roles focusing on teaching & learning. Throughout this time, he has been a history mentor and professional tutor as well as a subject specialist for history ITT. In addition to his role with CTSN Richard works for Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, leading the Trust’s development of early career professional pathways to ensure that all teachers get a secure foundation to their careers, extending beyond the initial teacher training year.
Helen Lorimer (Primary)
Helen has been involved in primary education since 1991. She has taught in three local primary schools, two different schools overseas and, since 2008, has been at Histon and Impington Junior School, as a teaching deputy headteacher and now as headteacher. She has had experience of working with children throughout the primary age range. As a senior tutor, Helen has been involved with the CTSN Primary SCITT from its beginning. She has mentored trainees who have become successful teachers, and is committed to continuing to develop high quality teachers for the children in our local schools.