Staff Profiles

  • Strategic Principal
    • Colin Cattanach

      Colin Cattanach

      Overall Strategic Direction for the School, recruit the highest quality staff and ensure the quality of teaching and learning is outstanding.

  • Associate Headteacher
    • Stefan Madzarevic

      Stefan Madzarevic

      Operational leadership of Aspire Academy, leading teaching and learning, training and management. I have 3 daughters and spend most of my time being a taxi driver! When I have some spare time I follow rugby and still enjoy playing cricket in the summer.

  • Directors of Learning
    • Amanda Tapsfield

      Director of Learning for the Primary Centre and Deputy DSL. I began working with children with special needs more than 25 years ago. In those years I have worked across the age-range and specialist provisions before returning now to my first love - primary. I am very proud to lead an amazing team who are totally committed to supporting our pupils overcome the challenges they face and achieve more than they ever believed they could.

    • Christine Palacio-White

      Christine Palacio-White

      Director of Learning for the Alternative Provision and SEND Lead Practitioner. Also Deputy DSL. I am a keen gardener, love to read a variety of books and am an avid watcher of movies.
      I enjoy cooking. When I get the opportunity I like to ramble through the countryside.

    • Vicky Tucker

      Vicky Tucker

      Director of learning of the Secondary Centre and DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead). I started my current job at Aspire Academy some years ago after time spent in a local secondary school as Director of Post 16. When I am not working with Aspire students I love to travel, ski anywhere where there is good snow and watch football, Leeds United of course! I have a lively dog called Pickles who often takes me for a walk and after all of that exercise and excitement I love to settle down with a good book.

  • Teaching Staff
    • Anne Porter

      I have been working as a teacher on the school site for some years, and before that at The Pupil Referral Unit at Julian Road. I mainly teach secondary maths and primary food tech, both subjects which I really enjoy. Out of school I like to keep fit and enjoy running – I have taken part in the Bath half marathon several times. I like a challenge and plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this year, but in school, love it when I have helped a child to achieve/learn something new, or when they are able to trust me enough to help them in whatever capacity.

    • April Iles

      Teacher in Secondary Centre, teaching English, Maths, functional skills and cooking. Middle leader for Community links.

    • Ben Dedman

      Primary Behaviour Teacher & Middle Leader. Responsible for Alternative Provision interventions.

      I have been at Aspire for six years and enjoy teaching the wide variety of pupils and subjects. In my spare time, I love to play the guitar and work on old VWs!

    • Caoimhe Courtney

      English Teacher in Secondary and Middle Leader - responsibility for English across the school since May 2010; in that time I have had the opportunity to help many wonderful young people to improve their Literacy skills. My own practice has been challenged and improved by working in such a diverse environment, and I continue to learn each time I step into the classroom.

      Outside of the classroom, I am an avid reader with a keen interest in photography, crafting and cooking. Spending time with family and friends is high on my agenda and we often go camping together during the summer holidays.

    • Lynne Head

      Teacher of English interventions across the school. In my free time I sing with the Sassparellas, play the piano and travel as much as I can.

    • Nathan Griffiths

      Teacher in Primary Centre. Hi, my name Is Nathan Griffiths and I’m the key Stage 1 teacher at Aspire Academy. I qualified as a teacher in 2014 and have specialised in ks1 since. I am very proud to be part of the Aspire team and love working with the children in the centre.

    • Nikki Varley

      Teacher of Bats class (year 3 & 4). I have worked in special education for most of my career. At the moment I am working in the Primary Centre with Years 3 and 4. I enjoy working with my colleagues and dealing with challenging behaviour.

    • Tom Gibson

      Teacher of PE across the school.
      I enjoy all sports, particularly football and support the greatest team in the world - Newcastle United. I love food but also thankfully enjoy keeping fit and exercising. I also love spending time with my wife and daughter.

    • Tom Ramsden

      Teacher of 'Owls' class (Y5/6) in Primary. I'm a father of two and keen painter/illustrator, reader and mountaineer who also enjoys cycling (my commute up hill to Aspire is a bracing start to the school day). I've enjoyed working with the young people here since September 2015; applying my previous experience of working with primary and secondary students with special educational needs.

    • Wendy Exton

      I have been a Secondary School Teacher for many years and have been at The Aspire Academy since 2007. I teach a number of subjects including PSHE, Maths, Cookery and Project based learning.
      Outside of School I have many interests including Travel, photography and reading. I also love spending time with our 2 dogs - a Westie and a Scottie.

  • Support Staff
    • Adie Hemmings

      HLTA in Primary Centre, responsible for Forest School and Thrive assessments. I have been working at Aspire since 2005 and in the Primary Centre since 2006. I am a Forest School Leader and am currently nearing the completion of my Thrive Practitioner Training.

    • Bunny Geraghty

      Student & Family Support Officer.

    • Chris Gillam

      I have worked here for 9 years in various different roles. I am currently working in the Alternative provision, as a Vocational Lecturer, teaching English, ICT and Step Up to secondary and Forest School to Primary.

      I Enjoy all sports, in particular Rugby which I still play for my local team. I'm a Bath Rugby fan and enjoy going to the Rec when I get chance and watching England on TV

      In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 2 children.

    • David Bailey


    • Debbie Diamond

      HLTA in Primary Centre. I work in Aspire’s primary centre as an HLTA specialising in speech and language difficulties, working alongside the speech & language therapist. I have worked with children facing emotional and behavioural challenges for 14 years – firstly in the outreach service and since 2010 in the primary centre. I enjoy my job, especially working with the children.

    • Diane Scallan

      School Secretary.

    • Frances Creevy

      Responsible for finance across the school.

    • George Vinodu

      Senior IT Support Technician.

    • Hollie Perrett

      TA in Primary Centre. I started working at Aspire as a volunteer in 2013 whilst training to become a Teaching assistant. Once qualified I then started full time as a TA. In 2016 I am hoping to start my training to become a HLTA. Over the past year part of my role has been to work with Sporting Family Change giving children from our centre 1-1 positive experiences outside of school. I am a proud member of our team and committed to helping the children be the best they can be.

    • Iain McNeilage

      HLTA in Secondary Centre.

    • Jo Greenman

      Student & Family Support Officer.

    • Julie Swanborough

      Attendance & Community Events Officer.

    • Karen George

      Student & Family Support Officer.

    • Marianne Ingram

      HLTA in Alternative Provision Service.

    • Matt Davidson

      I am an HLTA in the Secondary Centre. I support learning and behaviour in a number of lessons with years 10 and 11. I also teach Year 10 Public Services and Year 11 Science. Outside of school I enjoy reading and watching sport. I also enjoy the Cinema and spending time with friends.

    • Michelle Henderson

      I am currently the Student and Family Support Team Manager. The team supports young people across BANES with Managed Moves (moving between schools for a fresh start), Fair Access (has been permanently excluded and returning to a mainstream school, or new to the area with previous behaviour or attendance concerns) and Re-integration (supporting pupils to increase their attendance in school). In my spare time I enjoy cooking, shopping, renovating our house and spending time with the family.

    • Sarah Coles

      Human Resources Officer.

    • Sue Adams

      Receptionist for the school.

    • Sue Rusz

      HLTA in Primary Centre. I started working at Aspire 9 years ago and have worked with all age-groups. Primary is my favourite and I enjoy being part of a great team who work hard to support our children.

    • Travis Speedie

      TA in Primary Centre. Hi my name is Travis and I have been working at Aspire since September 2015. I love working with the kids here and really enjoy helping them to achieve their highest potential.

  • Governors
    • Colin Cattanach

      Strategic Principal and Staff Governor.

    • Corrina Haskins

      Corrina Haskins

      Clerk to Governors.

    • Diana Allez

      Diana Allez

      Chair of Governors.I was a teacher in a local secondary school for over 35 years before retiring in 2016. During that time I was involved in the academic and pastoral care of students from age 11 to 18. I particularly enjoyed arranging school trips in both the UK and Europe. My interests are skiing, swimming, cooking and gardening.

    • Graeme Netherton

      Graeme Netherton

      Since retiring from my job as a Project/Programme Manager I now have time to pursue other interests which include travelling, reading, walking, frequent visits to various theatres, short mat bowls and watching most sport as well as little DIY as I can get away with.

    • Liz Hardman

      Liz Hardman

      Retiring from my job as an Assistant Head at a Bath Secondary School, in 2011, I was elected as a BaNES Councillor.As a Councillor I was involved in a campaign to stop the cuts to Children’s Services.I was re elected in 2015 and I’m part of a Scrutiny Panel, ensuring no cuts are planned for frontline services for young people.I enjoy keeping fit and regularly attend Zumba and Body Conditioning classes

    • Maurice Lindsay

      Maurice Lindsay

      I represent a Keynsham ward on Wansdyke and BANES councils from 1991 until I retired in 2011. I am Vice chair of BANES Fostering and BANES Adoption panels. I also Chair Sirona's Shared Lives panel which support Adults with learning difficulties.

      I am a season ticket holder at Bristol Rovers and also enjoy regular visits to my favourite lake for a spot of course fishing.

    • Richard Morris

      Richard Morris

      Qualified Management Accountant, a career in internal audit, financial and risk management with British Gas and Knightstone Housing Association. Governor previously at Wellsway School and currently a member of the Wellsway MAT Finance & Resources Committee.