Staff at Walsall Studio School

The staff team at Walsall Studio School is a fantastic team of pioneers building a new approach to educational that delivers for every individual student in the school.  Students at the studio school repeatedly comment on the encouragement staff give them to believe in themselves and the challenge they bring them to achieve the very best they can.

Scroll down to find out more about some of the staff and governors at Walsall Studio School.

 

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Mr Dan Parkes, Principal

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I really enjoy my job, the opportunity to pioneer such a innovative new school is something I count a real privilege.  In terms of teaching I have experience in many aspects of Music, Music Technology and Media.  I really enjoy teaching Music Theory and I think it is really important that all musicians develop their skills in reading and writing music.  I lead the staff-student band and love music ensemble performance. I perform many different styles of music, but I’m probably happiest playing music of a jazz and gospel style.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Innovative

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Proud

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The commitment I see each day from staff to invest into all students at the school.

 

Darren

Mr Darren Perry, Assistant Principal & Director of Key Stage 4

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I am passionate about the teaching of business and enterprise and I enjoy teaching all aspects of the course, however I get the most satisfaction from teaching International Business and Marketing. International Business is always a real eye opener for students as it challenges them to question the world around them and consider different cultures and global points of view. Marketing is rooted in psychology and a very popular subject with students as they question the power and influence of media on their expectations, buying habits and mindsets. I see ‘real-world’ learning experiences as being critical to student engagement, enjoyment and attainment and I am lucky to work with a very dynamic and creative team of professionals that challenge and engage students through ‘live’ projects and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Unique

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Driven

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The culture of ‘Perform and Applause’, as it provides all students with the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills.

 

Pete

Mr Peter Stack, Head of Key Stage 5
Vocational Pathways, Employer Engagement

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I really ​enjoy seeing students develop and learning new skills and crafts. Particularly the thrill when students learn how to edit properly and they look with pride and say ‘I did that!’ The facilities we have are great and allow both students and staff to use industry standard kit that is second to none anywhere in the Midlands. I enjoy live events and getting the students involved with live briefs and transmitting their radio and TV shows on the Internet. I really enjoy being involved with music and playing the piano and saxophone, lets me indulge in this my second passion.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Unique

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Valued

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The sense of family and all working together as a strong team.

 

Narishaa

Mrs Narishaa Singh, Head of Maths
Behaviour for Learning, QMGS Partnership

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
It is an absolute pleasure teaching Mathematics in an innovative and dynamic way. Our small class sizes and personalised learning plans allow us to tailor the Mathematics specification to our students’needs. It is a joy to watch students being challenged and succeed in what is perceived as a difficult subject. My experience as an Expert Examiner of Mathematics only serves to enhance all our students’ learning journeys thereby making sure each child fulfils their potential!

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Unique

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Appreciated

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The family atmosphere and strong sense of team amongst all staff members.

 

Lin

Ms Lin Koo, PA to Principal and Support Office Manager

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy working in a close-knit family environment where I’m able to maintain a good working relationship with all internal and external parties to ensure the smooth operations of the school on a daily basis.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Genius

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Valued

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
All staff members are highly valued and respected amongst each other and by the management team.

 

Anna

Ms Anna Branton, SENCo

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy my role as it is different every day. I liaise with staff and advise them with strategies for teaching learners who have additional needs as well as providing training for staff. I also cooperate with external agencies that support our students. I enjoy organising activities for assemblies and tutor times which cover SMSC (spiritual, moral, social, cultural) guidelines. I am part of the team who organise and monitor work placements for our students.   I am also a Personal Coach which gives me satisfaction in providing support and setting goals for young people.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Unique

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Valued

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
We work brilliantly as a team

 

Corinne

Ms Corinne McCabe, Lead Learning Coach (Head of English)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
To follow.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
To follow.

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
To follow.

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
To follow.

 

dawn

Mrs Dawn Jarman, Personal Coach

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy seeing our students supported, challenged and empowered to grow, develop and succeed in all areas of their lives. It is exciting to be able to use The CREATE Skills Framework that has been designed specifically for Studio Schools and is a unique tool that we use to help equip our students with the key skills they need to be able to ultimately flourish in employment & life.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?

Investing (into lives)

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Inspired

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
Being a part of a truly committed, supportive and strong staff team, who through a holistic approach, continuously work together to make a huge investment into the lives, education, personal development & future of our students.

 

Tiesha

Ms Tieshia Ewen, Personal Coach

What do you enjoy about your job?

I’ve always felt led to work in an environment where I can give back and make a difference to others and I love working with young people; and this role allows me to do just that. Supporting students personal development is such a privilege and it really does make a difference to how they grow. As for the team, it excites me to be working together with others who are passionate about investing in and developing young minds of the future.  My experience is in working with youth and the community and I also have 7 years experience in retail management. I sing at any opportunity in church and with my band Gospel Central, as well as being able to work with such talented young individuals within the school too.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Passionate

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Excited

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
How teachers and students continuously collaborate to progress in learning and the students’ personal development.

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Mrs Laverne Williams, Personal Coach

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy that no two days are ever the same. I am honoured that I have a role that enables me to plant a positive seed in our students. Enabling them to realise great potential. I enjoy that we have such a dynamic team, who encourages creativity, pro-activeness and thinking outside of the box. I enjoy that I work in a place that holds its Mission Statement so true and upholds values that encourages and enables young people to be better people.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Dynamic

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Creatively proud (sorry that’s two.. but one!)

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
Commitment from both staff and students to be the best that they can truly be no matter what hardships they face daily. This humbles me.

 

 

zara

Ms Zara Burroughs, Learning Coach (Teacher)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
To follow.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
To follow.

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
To follow.

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
To follow.

 

jess

Ms Jessika Powell, Learning Coach (Teacher)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?

Performing Arts is my passion, I love the creativity, imagination and teamwork involved. It is an open window for anybody to dive into the world of performance and use drama as a unique tool to explore their emotions. I believe it to be a fantastic method for building confidence and self esteem, as well as allowing hidden feelings to run free. My passion for this subject area is what drives me to want to teach it to others and watch as they create and explore their imagination knowing I have been a part of that journey.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Contemporary

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Excited

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The Auditorium (facilities).

 

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Ms Leane Somers, Learning Coach (Teacher)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I love finding creative ways to teach English and inspiring the students. English is a subject so open to interpretation and it enables the students to explore and engage. There is nothing better than seeing a student create something brilliant!

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Dynamic

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Motivated

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The staff and students!

 

Joe

Mr Joe Karchud, Learning Coach (Teacher)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I love that I get to incorporate my experiences and knowledge in a “hands on” environment. One day, I could be teaching stage setup, sound and performance technique- (in preparation for one of our many term-time showcases) then the next, I could be breaking down song form and teaching elements of composition using one of our fully equipped classrooms. I have worked in many different environments, supporting young adults to improve their chances of incorporating the creative industries into their lifestyles and developing their opportunities for employment or further education. My passion for music ranges from Delta Blues, through to modern day compositions. I’m heavily influenced by community, equality and diversity and these are the underlying values that I use to deliver music in a fun way.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Original

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Creative

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
We consistently embed a stretch and challenge approach for each of our learners. This means we drive for the absolute best for each individual ability.

 

Andy

Mr Andrew King, Learning Coach (Teacher)

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy teaching Art, IT and Media to small class sizes which enables me to support students develop their skills through engaging projects while encouraging students to be creative and not afraid to make mistakes. Working here has given me the opportunity to work with an amazing range of professional media equipment and be inspired by professionals across the media industry who regularly visit the school to work with our students.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Trailblazing

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Valued

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The supportive staff and the positive effect they have on the students.

 

Daniel

Mr Daniel Priest, Business Support

What do you enjoy teaching / what do you enjoy about your job?
I really enjoy the environment in which I work. The people are fantastic and all really skilled so I feel as though I can learn and expand my knowledge greatly, and in many areas, whilst I complete my apprenticeship here.

Which ONE word would you say best describes this School?
Homely.

Which ONE word best describes how this School makes you feel?
Appreciated.

Which ONE thing do you like the most about this school?
The way in which the school focuses more on the individual, aiding their growth in a much more personalised way.

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Walsall Studio School Governing Body

The governing body is responsible for the overall leadership, management and governance of Walsall Studio School. The governing body consists of representatives from education, local businesses, parents and the community.

 

Mr Kevin Davis, Chair of Governors

Kevin Davis is a prolific Social Entrepreneur and CEO of the Vine Trust, (a pioneering Third Sector organisation that ‘prepares young people for life’). With an intrinsic talent for conceptualising and communicating vision, he has an ability to empower consensus, across the Public, Private and Third Sector for the achievement of common goals. Kevin serves his local community as a Third Sector champion with particular success in the development of CSR and faith inspired organisations.

 

Mr Tim Swain, Vice Chair of Governors

Tim Swain is the Headmaster of Queen Mary’s Grammar School.  Queen Mary’s was founded in 1554 by Mary Tudor. It is shaped by its past and proud of its traditions, but also confident of an exciting future as we help to shape the educational landscape.

 

Mr Rob Colbourne

Rob Colbourne is Managing Director of Performance Through People (PTP).  PTP is one of the leading training providers in the West Midlands and has 5 centres throughout Birmingham, Black Country and Staffordshire.

 

Mr David Lomax

David Lomax is a retired deputy headteacher with considerable experience in education.  Mr Lomax is the nominated governor for SEND.

 

Ms Catherine Franks

Catherine Franks is the Managing Director of Strand Hardware LTD, and Director or the Premier Business Park, Walsall.

 

Mr Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts is an experienced finance director with experience of financial governance as a governor in other schools before joining the governing body at Walsall Studio School.   Mr Roberts chairs the Finance and Property Committee.

 

Mr Dan Parkes

Dan Parkes is Principal and Chief Accounting Officer of Walsall Studio School. Dan has a proven track record of delivering outstanding outcomes for learners and introducing new and innovative curriculum programmes. Leading a range of different teams, he has developed live projects for students and partnerships with local and regional employers. It was for the innovative work in this area that his team won the national TES award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching and Learning in 2011.  He is a creative manager with a background of embedding technology-enabled learning in a range of subject areas. Dan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Ms Denise Bottomer

Parent Governor

 

Mrs Jackie Jellyman

Parent Governor