Extended Leadership Team
Mrs Sarah Hume: KS5 Progress Leader, Form Tutor & PE Teacher
Associate member of the leadership team - Project Lead for Developing teaching pedagogy (NPQSL)
I am Sarah Hume, the Key stage 5 Progress Leader at Grange Park School. I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BA(Hons) in Dance Education, then went on to achieve a PGCE in Secondary Dance at Exeter University. I spent the first two years of my career teaching GCSE and A level Dance, to then training as a Maths teacher, eventually becoming Head of Department and Head of Year 9 and 10 in a mainstream secondary academy.
Since joining Grange Park School, I have finally found my true passion within education, which is shaping and enriching the lives of children with autism. I strongly believe a child that thrives in a school is a child who feels happy, supported and safe. Through creating a warm, encouraging and nurturing atmosphere we can create confident, resilience and independent young adults in Key Stage 5, who will continue to strive for more and realise that their possibilities are endless.
Mrs Hannah Mellor: Speech and Language Therapist
I am a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2011 and since this time have worked in a variety of mainstream and specialist settings with children aged from 5 to 19. I developed an interest in autism and joined the team at Grange Park in 2017.
My role is to support staff and families to meet our pupils’ speech, language and communication needs. I assess and deliver interventions on a one-to-one, small group or classroom basis as appropriate. I also oversee implementation of the SCERTS framework and The Zones of Regulation to support pupils’ social communication and emotional regulation development.
I am currently studying for a masters in autism.
Mr Joshua Dark: Stansted/Wrotham
Associate member of the leadership team - Project Lead for Character Education
Since I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010 with a Ba (hons) in Religious Studies with Theology and from St Mary’s University Twickenham in 2012 with a PGCE. I have had the privilege of working across a variety of settings. I have worked in a mainstream school both teaching and leading Religious Studies and Philosophy and Ethic and have worked in a SEND school with young people from the age of 7 through to 19.
I am passionate about creating exciting and accessible lessons for all and cultivating a culture of exploration and curiosity.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing competitive sports and play for a local football team. I help run a local youth group and am involved in running music sessions and residential trips.
Mrs Grace Rose: Humanities
Associate member of the leadership team - Project Lead for Personal Development Award
Shortly after receiving my First Class BSc Hons in Psychology at Brunel University, I began working at Grange Park as a Teaching Assistant. My plan had been to gain some experience in a school setting working with SEN pupils and then go on to a career in Education Psychology. However, after being at Grange Park for around a year, I began to do some cover teaching and took on more of a form tutor role. I found a passion for teaching and was lucky enough to have Grange Park support me through teacher training and then keep me on as a Humanities teacher.
I am currently the year 11 form tutor, having been with the pupils since year 7! I also teach a range of humanities subjects and PSHE to pupils at both Stansted and Wrotham.
When I am not at school, I have two young children who take up most of my spare time! I enjoy seeing family and friends and looking after my two cats. If I do get the time, I enjoy activities with friends like escape rooms and crazy golf.
Mrs Sue Daniels - Strategic SEN Lead
My name is Sue Daniels and I joined Grange Park School in March 2023 to support the school as the Strategic SEN/EHCP Lead. Prior to joining Grange Park School I have gained experience in many areas of SEN; Tribunals, Social Care and Early Help, and Schools. I have held positions within SEN that include the SEN Area Manager for Swale, SEN Tribunal Officer representing and presenting cases on behalf of Kent County Council and as an Assessment and Placement Officer supporting families through the statutory process. Other previous experience includes Triage Officer in Social Care and Early Help and Inclusion Manager in a secondary school.
My role at Grange Park School is to support the Executive Head Teacher in providing strategic SEN direction to the school and manage all processes in relations to admissions, EHCP’s and tribunal appeals. I am looking forward to becoming part of the team and to provide support in the Schools’ aim for continuous improvement, high quality education and opportunities for every pupil.
Mrs Sharon Brooks - Year 8 & 9 Progress Leader and Design Technology Teacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Currently seconded to Wyvern School senior leadership team (April 2023)
My name is Mrs Brooks. I am the Design and Technology Teacher and also the Progress Leader for years 8 and 9. I mostly teach DT but I also teach Floristry, Food Technology and Citizenship. In the past, I have also taught Science and Maths.
I have a first class honours degree in Design and Technology. My training involved engineering, electronics, carpentry, graphics and technical drawing. In my early years training I also studied children with special educational needs. I have been teaching now for over 18 years and during most of this time I have been a Head of Year, a Head of House or a Progress Leader. I also stood in as an Acting Assistant Head in my previous school. I love working in a team and working with children and seeing them achieve and progress well while developing into young adults.
Within my teaching, I am a great believer in every child designing a product that has never been made before and I encourage them to be innovative and creative with their design work.
Before I became a teacher, I was a florist and I owned my own shop. I love working with flowers and being creative and am now so fortunate to be able to teach floristry to our pupils in Key Stage 4.