Our experienced and skilled team of teachers work with a diverse range of partners, including schools, charities and families. They provide young people with rich opportunities to develop advanced skills in environments characterised by challenge, high expectation, inclusion and engagement. Our pedagogy is underpinned by our ability to develop outstanding relationships with students. Our team has successful track records at all levels of school leadership, from classroom teacher to Principal. We are fully up to date with education trends and we possess an in depth understanding of school systems. Our programmes are rigorously evaluated and our use of fit for purpose assessment tools allows us to clearly articulate progress and achievement.
ANDY TAYLOR-EDWARDs, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
With a proven track record of school leadership, Andy’s expertise has been developed through 18 years experience of teaching Drama, English and Media to 11-18 years olds and leading whole school portfolios in teaching and learning, assessment, staff development and curriculum.
Embracing the challenge of leading a school in challenging circumstances, Andy led a dynamic and vibrant community committed to achieving success for all learners, raising aspirations and learning together in a supportive and orderly environment. Leading the school out of special measures, he went on to navigate the amalgamation of two local secondary schools and the subsequent conversion to academy status. Simultaneously, Andy led on the design of a £20 million new build project which saw his academy move into an innovative new learning environment in September 2013.
Andy’s leadership secured sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching which, in turn, led to significantly improved outcomes for students and a subsequent ‘good’ Ofsted judgement.
Andy is educated to masters degree level and holds a 2:1 degree in Digital Media, Politics and Performing Arts. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Andy gained industry experience with the BBC and Lego UK Ltd.
KATIE TAYLOR-EDWARDS, LITERACY DIRECTOR
Katie is a Linguistics graduate from the University of Manchester and gained her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary English from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Katie is currently working on a freelance basis in local schools and with young people in 1:1 and small group settings. Katie has taught in two large secondary schools over 20 years, securing strong grades in KS3 tests, GCSEs and A-levels in both English and English Literature for young people across all abilities. She also has experience of teaching Year 2-6 students. Her teaching is lively and aims to engage every child she works with.
Katie engages students by making sessions challenging, lively and enjoyable. She loves her subject and aims to pass this enthusiasm on to the young people she teaches. Katie takes the fear out of aspects English they have struggled with and she brings clarity to aspects that can bring confusion. She is a perfectionist who loves what she does.
Katie firmly believes that to ensure young people reach their potential, each student must be taught as an individual. In order to do this, she always plans lessons that cater for different learning styles; she is always uncompromising in her belief that all young people can reach their full potential in a secure environment and she is meticulous in her detailed, personal written feedback.
VANESSA MYTTON, LITERACY SPECIALIST
Vanessa Mytton is a well qualified, experienced educator who holds a BA Honours degree in ‘English Literature & Education’ (2:1). She has 20 years’ experience of working in a range of educational settings, including nursery, primary and special educational needs schools. Vanessa brings her passion for English teaching to students between the ages of 4 and 16. Vanessa engages young people through her creative approach to English teaching and her professional, friendly and meticulous nature ensures strong relationships are built with all students she works with.