Nyree Parker is the Headteacher of the Arc School, Ansley and has been in post since the beginning of March 2019. Following the completion of a Degree in Biology, Nyree took several years in industry before taking up a residential care worker role at Alderwasley Hall School in Derbyshire. As a result of her experiences here, Nyree decided to complete her teacher training, with a view to specialising in SEN. In 2001, she qualified as a Secondary Science Teacher, with a specialism in Biology and took up post in a mainstream secondary school in Stafford. During this time, Nyree spent much of her time working with the SEN department and supporting young people to access Science successfully.
In 2005, Nyree returned to Alderwasley Hall School as a class teacher and began to specialise specifically in Autism. During this time, she worked closely with a large therapy team and developed skills and strategies to support young people with Autism to access education and gain qualification commensurate with their ability. During her time at Alderwasley Hall School, Nyree was promoted to the Head of English role and then to the Assistant Head role, with responsibility for the Sixth Form. In addition to this, she completed an MA in Autism through Sheffield Hallam University.
Nyree left Alderwasley Hall School in 2015 and took up post at Longdon Park School in Derbyshire. Longdon Park was a new provision for young people with high functioning Autism and associated emotional and behaviour difficulties. In 2016, Nyree introduced the therapy dog to the school and continued to work to develop the therapy provision. In November 2016, Nyree became Head of School and continued to develop and grow the school, building an ethos of mutual respect, unconditional positive regard and holistic approaches, until leaving in March 2019 to join the Arc School.
Nyree is passionate about improving the life chances of young people and supporting those diagnosed with Autism to achieving the very best outcomes in order to move on to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives after education.
Kate's early teaching career began as an English Teacher as she has a real love for literature and language. This role was in a special measures school in Banbury. Kate was quickly promoted to senior middle leadership and supported the academy conversion and subsequent journey to Good.
Kate took the step onto senior leadership in Coventry and led in a number of Coventry schools as Assistant Headteacher. Most notably, Kate spent 6 years at an inner city secondary school in one of the most deprived wards of the city. During this time, Kate developed a love for all things pastoral, safeguarding and child protection. She represented secondary schools on several different committees including: Coventry Children's Safeguarding Quality Assurance Board, West Midlands Prevent Group and West Behaviour Partnership.
Kate completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Warwick in 2012 which naturally led to her desire to achieve the nationally recognised headteacher qualification, NPQH which she completed in 2017.
Before joining Arc Ansley, Kate held the position of Head of Education within a secure training centre for young offenders for two years. It was during this time that Kate developed a keen interest in special educational needs and disabilities as well as childhood trauma and mental health. Many children and young people who are entering into the justice system have SEND and/or ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and are often misunderstood and lack support. Kate feels that all children and young people deserve the very best education to ensure that their life chances are not compromised.
Having a nephew with low functioning autism attending a specialist provision led Kate to develop an interest in special education. It was this, along with her leadership experience, which has brought Kate to Ansley where she is able to share her knowledge and passion to work with the team to develop independent, capable, happy children and young people with a desire for learning and high aspirations for the future.
Andy started working at Arc School Ansley in February 2010 as a Key Worker and as he had a passion for the pastoral side of working with the children, he has developed his skills and knowledge within the role and is now the Pastoral Lead at Arc School Ansley and a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
Kam started working at Arc School Ansley in January 2020. She trained as a secondary school science teacher and has been teaching since 2005.
Kam has been working in SEN for the last 5 years and her previous 2 schools have been autism specialists. Prior to this Kam worked within SEN in mainstream settings. Kam has worked in a variety of roles including science teacher, head of science faculty, KS3 leader, KS4 Data Lead and Associate SLT.
At Arc School Ansley Kam is responsible for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, she is committed to raising standards and is passionate about our students leaving school with the outcomes they deserve and achieving their full potential ready for their next transition.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University with a specialism in mathematics and working with pupils with SEND with a focus on pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In the USA I had the opportunity of working in a variety of placements including pupil referral units, secure units, independent specialist, and mainstream settings.
In 2010 I began my teaching career in the UK where I taught KS5 pupils employability skills and Functional Skills maths, English and ICT. During this post I was responsible for the delivery and assessment of work to students with varying needs and abilities.
In 2014 I was given the opportunity to work for Ascot College, a small independent specialist school for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and associated complex needs. I taught KS3 and KS4 pupils with an emphasis on high achievement and differentiation. I taught GCSE Maths, Functional skills maths and humanities as well as leading on intervention. During this time, I went on to study at Birmingham University and received my nationally recognised SENCo qualification.
In 2015 I was given the opportunity by the same group to go and help start up a new school for students with high functioning autism. During my time there I held many positions including, KS3 teacher, KS4 teacher and KS5 lead with responsibility over the 6th form. As part of the lead role in KS5 I had SENCo responsibilities and was lead for transitions.
I think it is important to provide our students with positive experience and to help break down barriers to learning through unconditional positive regard.