Director of Deep Experience
My name is Chris Vallance and I am the Director of Student Experience at the academy. I am lucky enough to also be the line manager of the sixth form team and solely teach sixth form. My two main areas of interest are Sociology and Psychology. I will never stop being fascinated by exploring reasons for behaviour, whether it be that of an individual or a group. I firmly believe that teaching young people is a privilege and one I do not take lightly. This allows me to ensure I am truly enthusiastic and involved in the development of students at the academy. My main personal interest is running, I find it a fantastic way to destress and find solutions to problems I could not discover previously. My vision for Samworth Church Academy Sixth Form is to truly find the balance between the academic and extra-curricular. We want our students to leave with the best possible grades whilst setting themselves out as confident and independent young people.
Head of Sixth Form
My name is Laura Jones and I am the new Head of Sixth form here at the academy. I have a background of ten years in teaching, several years as Head of Department and have recently been the PSHE and Wellbeing lead for the academy. I have a real passion to succeed and to facilitate others with the skills and attributes required for them to do so. I am a strong believer in student voice and I love working alongside young people to prepare them academically, socially and personally for their journey beyond school.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form
Having taught at Samworth Church Academy for 7 years, I have held numerous roles within the academy as well as completing educational courses. I have been a Gifted and Talented Lead, a Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator and the Deputy Head of Sixth Form. Having completed the Redhill Access to Senior Leadership programme, I am also currently doing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. Some of my key strengths would be the commitment and dedication shown to our students, prioritising them and ensuring the best. Alongside my desire to improve and learn more in the educational sector. I am immensely passionate about education and enjoy nothing more than help our young students progress to the next steps of their educational journey. I envisage a Sixth Form that works closely with the local community, caters for all type of learners and provides equal opportunity to all.
Sixth Form Learning Manager
My name is Alison and I am the learning manager for the Sixth Form. Having worked for the NHS as a patient pathway coordinator for 26 years I made the move into education at The Samworth Church Academy in 2014. My role as sixth form learning manager builds on the experience gained working with people throughout my career. The role is very rewarding, allowing me to help and support students. I particularly enjoy supporting students to find the right career path in order to go on and succeed after their A Levels.
Mr Cave completed a BA (hons) degree in Educational Studies from the University of Hull and a Post Graduate degree in Psychology with the Open University. He has worked with students with special educational needs for the past 16 years and completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination in 2019. He has been with The Samworth Church Academy’s SENCo for the past 3 years whilst also teaching Computer Science.
Alex started his career working in sales and community regeneration. He finished his ministers training in 2016 and then took up his post as part time chaplain at the Academy, becoming full time in 2018. His role is to provide support and guidance to the whole school community in matters of faith and spirituality as well as being a listening ear for anyone who needs it.