Victoria joined Arc School Old Arley in November 2017 as Headteacher and is now the Executive Headteacher for Kedleston’s Arc Schools. Victoria has over 14 years’ experience of working within the SEN Education sector, 7 of which have been in the role of Headteacher.
Victoria is a passionate educator who has worked in many different settings including those that cater for students with SEMH, ASC, SLD, PMLD and victims of severe trauma such as CSA and CSE. Victoria has devoted her career to ensuring that all children have opportunities to learn and develop, both academically and on a personal and social level. As a firm believer in the benefits of nurture and therapeutic support, Victoria has introduced the use of therapy dogs to the school which have made a significant impact, not only to the positive mental and emotional wellbeing of the students but also in their increased engagement in school.
Aaron started his career as a PE teacher and later was also Head of Year in a mainstream secondary school until 2010 when he went travelling around the world. In 2011 Aaron joined a Pupil referral Unit (PRU) in Surrey as a member of the senior leadership team and in 2012 formed his own satellite provision for students with low literacy and numeracy skills. In 2013 Aaron became Assistant Headteacher of the PRU and in 2014 the school was judged Outstanding in all areas. Over the next 3 years Aaron became an SLE (Specialist Lead in Education) and supported behaviour management and curriculum design in a number of PRUs, alternative provisions and mainstream schools in Surrey. In addition to this Aaron was also an Associate Headteacher at a PRU and led the work to move it from ‘Requires Improvement’ to being judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Aaron relocated to the Midlands to take a Deputy Headship in a SEMH school in Leicestershire. In the year he was there, he helped the school regained a good judgement in the Independent School Standards. In his time at the school he relaunched the Curriculum, timetable and was Co-Interim Head for 3 months.
Aaron has a passion for Teaching and Learning and Curriculum Design and has a wealth of experience in driving schools to Outstanding.
Aaron’s mission is to give students all the skills and experiences to become successful members of society and their communities.
Kate Harding is assistant headteacher and SENCo at Arc School Old Arley.
Kate has a degree in animal physiology and a PGCE from Nottingham University, and a National SENCo Award from Birmingham University. She taught at a mainstream secondary school prior to joining Arc School.
As SENCo, Kate oversees the annual reviews of EHCPs.
Kate is the designated teacher for children who are looked-after and who were previously looked-after and also the designated safeguarding lead in the school.
Kate also plays a role in the referral and admissions process for all new students.
Mat Dymek is the Behaviour Lead at Arc School Old Arley.
Mat has been at the school since 2009, working as a PE teacher prior to his current role as the school’s Positive Behaviour Support Coach, implementing the programme throughout the school under the supervision of Kedleston’s PBS lead.
Mat has extensive experience in positive behaviour management which enables to staff to build appropriate trusting relationships with pupils in order for them to feel safe and supported. Mat supports pupils with self-regulatory techniques and strategies, developing essential life skills such as resilience, independence and self-reflection so that they may successfully engage in all aspects of their learning and become active citizens within their community. Mat works closely parents and carers to ensure that the holistic needs of every pupil are successfully met.
Mat is also an advanced Team Teach tutor and delivers training to staff at Old Arley and other Kedleston schools on an ongoing basis. As one of the school’s designated safeguarding persons, Mat maintains high standards of safeguarding throughout the school, ensuring that all who are involved in the care of our pupils are effectively trained and supported in order to keep them safe at all times.
Tamara has been at the school since 2011 and has taken on various roles during her time.
She has extensive skills in the management of anxiety-linked behaviours and de-escalation. Tamara has completed the AET Level 3 Autism training and is the ASC champion for the school, delivering training for staff and parents.
Tamara plays a leading role in the referrals and admissions process for new students to the school. As a member of the senior leadership team, Tamara is an experienced DSP (designated safeguarding person) and maintains communication with social care teams and the multi-agency safeguarding hubs.
Tamara oversees the medication procedures for Arc School Old Arley, liaising with parents and carers to ensure that the process runs smoothly.