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 Teacher in Primary APS and Outreach.

      I have been at Aspire for seven years and enjoy teaching the wide variety of pupils and subjects. I'm passionate about infusing performing arts into my job - especially music. 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.

    • Carole Skedgewell

      HLTA in Secondary APS. This is my 19th year working with children across all ages, I teach SMSC, PSHE, Project Based Learning and Thrive. I also support in Maths & English. In the holiday I work at a play scheme, where I run the arts and crafts. Outside work, I like spending time with my children and granddaughter, reading, watching documentaries on history and having cuddles with my dogs.

    • 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.

    • Jane Hawkins

      Teacher in Secondary APS. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, firstly in a mainstream setting as a middle leader and for the last 5 years in alternative provision settings. I love teaching and enjoy learning new things. I enjoy running and have completed the Bath Half marathon several times, I like to complete a half marathon every year. I am a painter and big fan of all things arty.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Paula Black

      Lead Teacher of Primary APS.

    • Susy Summers

      Teacher in Primary Centre. I've just started at Aspire Academy with the youngest children in the school (KS1). I have over 10 years experience working with children with Special Needs and absolutely love my job! In my spare time I love to travel, read and spend time with my new puppy!

    • 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.

    • Anna Carpenter

      HLTA in Primary APS.

    • Bunny Geraghty

      Student & Family Support Officer.

    • Carole Skedgewell

      HLTA in Secondary APS. This is my 19th year working with children across all ages, I teach SMSC, PSHE, Project Based Learning and Thrive. I also support in Maths & English. In the holiday I work at a play scheme, where I run the arts and crafts. Outside work, I like spending time with my children and granddaughter, reading, watching documentaries on history and having cuddles with my dogs.

    • Chloe Hubball

      HLTA in Primary Centre.

    • Courtney Bishop

      TA in secondary APS. I am currently a TA supporting PE, Forest School and Thrive. I love all sports and water sports, I currently play rugby for Bristol ladies and love to promote women’s rugby to many girls in schools.
      My hobby at the weekend is going out to sea on the jet skis with friends as I love to kneeboard and water ski.

    • 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.

    • Louis Wilson

      I am working in aspire as a HTA across the whole of the primary centre. I have previously worked at a Nursery in Bristol for 10 years that currently has an outstanding Ofsted rating. I also currently work Saturday mornings as football coach for a Little Kickers franchise which I have been doing for nearly 5 years. In my spare time I enjoy playing in goalkeeper for Downs League football team, cooking for friends and family and exercise daily.

    • Lucy Young

      HLTA in secondary APS. My specialism is in Art and Design . In my spare time I enjoy drawing and print making . I also enjoy attending yoga classes. I have had three years’ experience working with young adults and children.

    • 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.

    • Tamsin Hughes

      I am a HLTA and work with the secondary students on the Frome Road campus.

    • 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.

    • Emma Arblaster

      Emma has recently joined the team and will bring a wealth of experience. She currently works at Bath Spa University on the teacher trainer programme.

    • 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

    • Maureen Glynn

      Maureen is a published author of Art and SEN books. We are incredibly fortunate to have Maureen join the team.

    • 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.