Kevin Ainslie - Head of School
Kevin Ainslie is the Head of School for Hampton Gardens. Kevin has a background in Behaviour and Welfare from working across a number of Peterborough secondary schools. He has been a senior leader since 2010 having previously worked as a Director of Sport and a specialist leader in education.
Kevin’s experience of school leadership has provided the skills to continue the growth and development of Hampton Gardens. With a student-centred focus to removing barriers to learning and developing wide ranging experiences, Kevin is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that students of Hampton Gardens are fantastic young learners with exceptional opportunities for the next stage of their journey into further education and beyond.
Sharon Gilligan - Deputy Head of School
Sharon Gilligan took up the post of Deputy Head of School in September 2018. Sharon has worked in Peterborough for over twenty years. Previously Sharon worked as an Assistant Headteacher in a local school, supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. In her current role, Sharon has overall responsibility for students’ welfare and wellbeing.
Atul Karia - Deputy Head of School
Atul Karia took up the post of Deputy Head of School in September 2021. He has worked across 5 different schools and has been in Peterborough in the last 5 years working at St John Fisher Catholic High School. Atul has more than two decades of working pastorally supporting students to attend, behave and achieve in school. He has also worked with the SSAT on Vertical Tutoring and consulted in many schools to help them make the change. Atul has enjoyed developing students roles in school and ensuring that they become young leaders of the future.
Jody Lapish - Assistant Head of School - Student Behaviour, Welfare and Attendance
Jody has recently joined Hampton Gardens having previously held the role of Lead Pastoral Leader at an Outstanding Academy in East London. Jody is an experienced leader within pastoral care and student behaviour. She has many years’ experience working with students, families and staff in order to ensure students flourish throughout their secondary education, ensuring they achieve an important balance between academic attainment, personal development and enjoyment during their journey towards further education and beyond. The vision and values of Hampton Gardens and the Trust are vital in ensuring success is achieved by every student. Jody is very much look forward to working with all key stakeholders within Hampton Gardens.
Angela Roberts - Assistant Head of School/SENDCO
Angela has recently been appointed as our Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo at Hampton Gardens after moving from the Isle of Wight where she had been an Assistant Headteacher for over ten years. Angela was awarded an honorary degree because of her contribution to special educational needs across the Island. Angela has worked with in Special Education for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience that she brings to Hampton Gardens. Before this she worked in Essex where she was The Director for Teaching and Learning across two large Academies where she helped develop a similar student-centred ethos which she has always prioritised. As a trained English teacher, she enjoys supporting students to make rapid progress across all their subjects. She also uses her Psychology degree to help students to learn the best ways to learn and become independent in and outside the classroom.
Holly Willetts - Assistant Head of School - Teaching & Learning
Holly was appointed as Assistant Head with responsibility for the development of Teaching and Learning across the school with effect from September 2020. Holly joined Hampton Gardens in September 2018 as Head of History, having been Head of History in another Cambridgeshire school. As an Advanced Skills Teacher and Lead Practitioner she worked with staff and students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their ambitions and potential. Holly is looking forward to using her experience as a leader in teaching and learning to uphold the vision and values of Hampton Gardens. She will work with the whole school community to provide a flow and love of learning through the ages of 11 to 19 designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to achieve their future aspirations and prepare them to contribute positively to society.
Craig Young - Assistant Head of School - Raising Standards
Craig Young was appointed Assistant Head of School with responsibility for Raising Standards. Craig joined Hampton Gardens in September 2022 from St John Fisher where he worked in a similar role to improve the exam results at KS4. Craig has been teaching in Peterborough since 2002, he gained most of his experience in his 18 years at Jack Hunt School where he started as a teacher of PE and finished leading a successful Maths department.
Mrs Emma-Louise Larsen – Associate Assistant Head of School/Director of English
Emma joined Hampton Gardens when the school opened in September 2017. As Director of English her vision for the department is to nurture a love of reading, instill high expectations and standards of literacy and oracy and ensure students have the tools they need to succeed. She has a whole school responsibility for stretch and challenge and is a great believer in holding high academic and social expectations for all students.
Emma has been teaching for 10 years and over that time has undertaken a number of different roles so far, including: Head of Media Studies, Teacher of English, trip leader, intervention leader for KS3, primary link for English and NQT mentor. Emma values the opportunity to contribute to the school both in her role and in extra-curricular ways and hopes to make a substantial contribution to the development of the school, not only as a member of staff but also as a staff governor.
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