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.
Matt has worked in education for 15 years. He began his career in mainstream but soon made the switch to SEN spending almost ten years working with some of the West Midlands most vulnerable students. Matt has a wide range of experience across mainstream, MLD and SEMH settings including Assistant Head of Year, Head of Department, SENCO, Assistant Head and Deputy Head positions.
Matt prides himself on a pupil first attitude and is dedicated in improving outcomes for all students in his care. Matt is an avid Rugby fan and has just retired from his beloved sport due to a shoulder injury.
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.