Form Tutors & Teaching Staff
Miss Hannah Batchelor: Humanities (Year 9 Form Tutor)
I am Miss Batchelor and I am the form Tutor for Year 9's and I teach humanities.
I started at Grange Park in 2019 as a teaching assistant and moved on to become a Cover Supervisor. I am now covering for a teacher currently on maternity leave, before I complete my teacher training next year.
I love working at Grange Park because I enjoy building relationships and bonds with all the children in order to help them through their learning. I find it such a rewarding job, seeing the progress all the pupils make each day.
I enjoy sport and am a cheerleader and was a National Champion in 2018. I also have a BSc in Sports Science.
Mrs Valerie Cave-Brown: Senior Learning Mentor (Key Stage 5)
My name is Mrs Cave-Brown and I have worked at Grange Park since 2019 with Key Stage 5. I specialise in Independent Living and have worked with young adults with Autism for 10 years in this field. I am passionate about teaching pupils the next steps to help them gain their independence in their adult lives. I also look after the school allotment, encouraging pupils to grow their own food. This year, I have also taken over Animal Care within the school, where we go offsite to a local farm.
I my spare time I have an allotment, and enjoy arts and crafts. I am a member of the WI and appreciate travelling and being outdoors.
Mrs Amanda Dixon: English (Year 7 Form Tutor)
I am a creative and passionate teacher, who enjoys finding a variety of ways to present pupils with different opportunities to learn within a personalised, holistic approach.
Several years ago, I began in education as a specialist teaching assistant, working with visually impaired pupils within the classroom or 1:1; as a 1:1 TA to improve literacy and supporting pupils with a variety of special needs. I have been a teacher for about 6 years and I have worked in various settings, including mainstream and within a SEMH setting before coming to work at Grange Park School.
Mrs Elizabeth Hayter: Food Technology and Art (Year 10b Form Tutor)
I joined Grange Park as a teaching assistant in November 2013. In 2015 I was given the opportunity to teach art and cookery, and we successfully achieved our first “A” grade for GCSE art.
I am now a form tutor, and continue to teach art and cookery full time.
I studied art at Camberwell College of Art, London, and am a trained professional interior designer from having qualified from KLC School of Interior Design, at The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. I am currently studying Art History and Classical Studies part time.
I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting museums and galleries, and collecting antiques and antiquities.
Mrs Morgan Hughes: PE (Year 10a Form Tutor)*
My name is Mrs Hughes and I teach PE at Grange Park School. I have been a qualified teacher since 2008 and been working at Grange Park School for 4 1/2 years.
I enjoy watching lots of different sports on TV and really enjoy playing netball. My favourite sports to teach are trampolining and rounders!
Mrs Deborah Jobson: Computing & ICT
My name is Deborah Jobson and I have been a teacher and leader in education for over 18 years within mainstream secondary schools, with a specialist setting for pupils with ASD or Complex Needs. I hold Certificate in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
I have been privileged to have directed and reviewed the provision of SEN for pupils from EYFS to 6th Form. I am an ambitious and incredibly driven person, with a clear moral compass and commitment to do all that I can to champion the inclusion and wellbeing of pupils. Having successfully piloted one National Project, I am presently working on another to increase resiliency and wellbeing among our young people.
I am very excited about welcoming students to Grange Park School, being part of their educational journey and helping them to achieve their aspirations.
Outside of school I have a passion for gardening and growing my own fruit and vegetables. I like sharing the plentiful crops with family, friend and neighbours. I enjoy preserving fruits and have been told that I make excellent Christmas chutney!
Mrs Abigail Rodreigo: Primary Teacher (Year 4 & 5)& Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
I am Mrs Rodreigo and I am the Year 4/5 class teacher.
I joined Grange Park in January 2019 and it has been a privilege to be part of the development of the new Stansted site from the beginning. I am passionate about making learning fun and tailoring learning for all children and young people to succeed both academically and personally.
As a child I always wanted to be a teacher and after studying Education and Developmental Psychology, I ran a tuition center before training as a primary teacher. I have taught across Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 and have always been drawn to supporting pupils with additional needs.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing Netball and love to spend my holidays travelling, mostly around Europe but also frequently visit family in Sri Lanka.
Mrs Maryon Shaddock: English (Year 11 Form Tutor) and Literacy Co-ordinator
At the age of nine I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I was told by my own teachers, in rather unpleasant way as was allowed back then, that I was not clever enough. I took this on board and settled to other jobs. It was not until I was much older that I was to realise that I was intelligent and therefore was able to shrug off the low self-esteem that their comments had generated. As a mature student I went to college and then on to Goldsmiths College at the University of London and graduated with a 2:1 honours degree in Education and became a fully qualified teacher. Later I continued my learning to gain a Diploma in Education and became a qualified assessor and teacher for pupils with dyslexia.
As much as I was gratified to know that I had proved my own teachers wrong, I also accepted that their words had given me the premise on which to base my own teaching. I would never make a child feel the way I had, I would never tell a pupil that they could not and would not achieve! I still hold this true today – to me there is nothing a student ‘can’t do’. There are things they cannot YET do independently, but they can do these things with support. They only need the support until they overcome the difficulty or master the skill. It is the job of a teacher to provide that support and instil self-belief.
In 2008 I moved from main stream to working with children with special needs and a couple of years after that found my niche – working with pupils with autism. I believe that children with autism are often judged by their ‘disability’ rather than their abilities and that it is the job of their teachers to change that perspective in not only the adults around them, but in the children themselves. They, like me, have been told they are not good enough. Working at Grange Park School for the last five years has allowed me to uphold this belief. Our students, in English, are now achieving more than anyone ever thought possible and even those with other underlying conditions, like dyslexia, are proving that they can and will achieve. For me, I have and will continue to accomplish what I set out to do – for the pupils, I hope, that I have given them the encouragement and confidence that they can do whatever they want!
Mrs Binda Taylor: Science & Raising Standards Lead
Ms Zeynep Usenmez: Textiles Teacher (DT Specialist)
I have been at Grange Park since 2018 and started as a Science technician, but started teaching textiles the following year. I have Ba in Fashion Design and Technology and a Design & Technology teaching qualification, so it is really rewarding to be able to teach my subject specialism.
I enjoy travelling and visiting museums.
Miss Jemma Woodhead: Primary Teacher (Year 6)
I graduated from Brighton University in 2014 with a Ba (Hons) in English Education with a Qualified Teacher Status. Since then I have spent 4 years teaching in an Academy Trust in Outer London. For 2 of those years, I worked with Year 5 before spending a year in Year 6 and developing a more active role being the leader of PE. In the final year at the Trust, I spent a term in Year 2 to gain experience in a different Key Stage, before being put back into Year 6 in order to help boost children’s abilities who were below aged related expectations. The SATs results for that year were the best that the school had seen in the last 4 years.
I joined Grange Park School in June 2019 and helped to organise and open the Primary site at Stansted. Since then I have and am still currently working in Year 6, helping build children’s curriculum knowledge and wellbeing, ready for them to have smooth transitions into Secondary School.
Mr Dakota Dibben
Miss Francesca Hartley
I have worked at Grange Park for 18 months; I am extremely passionate about my job and ensuring that all students get the best out of their learning.
Previous to working at Grange Park, I was working abroad teaching a child on the autistic spectrum.
I have 2 cats, Beau & Socks, that I rescued and bought back from Spain. Outside of work, I enjoy visiting Wildwood Trust in Canterbury, and taking photos of the animals there. I also enjoy motor racing!