The Castle School Team
Courtney gained her level 2 Diploma in children’s care, learning and development qualification at City college Coventry before progressing onto her Level 3 Diploma in children’s learning and development whilst working as an apprentice.
Courtney has worked within the childcare sector for seven years.
Having gained experience in a number of different nursery and school based settings located in the West Midlands, Courtney moved to Pembrokeshire and joined us at Castle School.
Her bubbly, loving personality inspires our children in their everyday learning and development from the ages of 2. She believes it’s important to encourage children to be exactly who they want to be growing up and that they can accomplish anything.
Foundation Lead / Teacher
Hayley has a BA Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status degree. Hayley is an enthusiastic Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 teacher, committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment, with learners wellbeing at the centre of her practices, allowing each individual the opportunity to achieve their learning objectives.
Hayley has worked in a number of Primary settings throughout Pembrokeshire, and has also worked as a product specialist for a national educational technology company.
As Foundation phase lead, Hayley works with the school management team to ensure children from Nursery to Year 2 have fun and engaging experiences that prepares them for Key Stage 2.
Head of Prep / Teacher
Julie has a BA Primary Education with Qualified Teaching Status degree. Julie was graded as ‘outstanding’ during her studies in university and this continued into her teaching career and has been evident in teaching and learning standards in Estyn inspections.
Julie has worked in several schools within Pembrokeshire, working across both Foundation Phase and Key Stage Two where she had some senior roles such as Head of Nursery and Key Stage Lead.
Julie is a motivated teacher who will get the best out of every child. Julie has a great passion in Science and Technology and will give the children many exciting experiences in their learning. Julie creates a calm and engaging learning environment where all children thrive.
Assistant / Cover Supervisor
Gosia has a bachelor's degree in Pedagogy, Early Childhood Education and Nursery and has been at Castle School for four years.
Having gained previous experience in her native Poland, she brings a diversifying experience via her language and culture. Her relaxed and calm demeanour as well as her fun loving and caring attitude allows her to inspire our pupils to explore and discover.
Key Stage 2 Lead / Teacher
Carly has a BA (HONS) in Education and a PGCE in Primary education. With many years experience as a Key stage 2 teacher, Carly lead the Upper prep and it's staff since 2020. Carly is passionate about delivering a broad and balanced curriculum with an aim of equipping children for the challenges that lie ahead.
Carly has been previously selected and completed an Outstanding Teaching Programme (OTP) during which she had the privelege of sharing and observing outstanding practice with other delegates.
Having a wealth of experience teaching Year 3-6 - Carly is leading practitioner for the school and currently works as Key stage 2 lead and Year 6 teacher.
Nicola is a qualified and experienced teacher withy 20 years worth of teaching experience, having taught in a variety of settings to pupils with many different needs.
Nicola's diverse teaching background includes multiple years in KS2 and coordination of various subjects, showcasing adaptability and a commitment to tailored learning experiences. I am known for my interactive teaching methods and technological integration, all aimed at engaging diverse learners and promoting success.
Nicola is passionate about making sure that all pupils in her care reach their true potential whilst also looking after their wellbeing.
In her spare time Nicola likes travelling, reading, photography, learning languages, music, and being back home where she likes to go for walks on the beach.
Teacher (Prep and Senior)
Juan is a passionate and dedicated primary school teacher, enthusiastic about sharing a love of mixing Spanish and fun lessons with students from nursery to KS2.
With over 12 years' experience in teaching, Juan is always keen to share his love and experience through fun and engaging activities with the children in our school.
After graduating from the University of Valladolid with a degree in Primary Education, with special mention and honours on Physical Education, Juan began working as a school teacher assistant of some schools in his home town Valladolid, in Spain.
From that, Juan expanded his teaching experience and methodologies through being working and acquiring experience in countries like Finland, for a short period and during a whole year in Minnesota, United States.
At Castle School Juan is leading the Physical Education of Prep and Pre prep, and Spanish of Prep and Senior as well as being a part of the PSHE and wellbeing programme. Juan’s way of teaching is really friendly and positive, trying to get most of the children and adapting to their personal needs, always with a smile and a happy face.
Teacher / Prep ALNCo
Carla has a BA degree with First Class Honours, in Working in Integrated Services for Children and Young People, having studied at the University of West London. Furthermore, she has Qualified Teacher Status and been graded ‘Outstanding’ against the Teaching Grade Descriptors.
She is fluent in Spanish, having lived and worked in Spain for over 20 years and has a love of the Spanish language.
Carla is a highly motivated teacher, and has taught children in both KS1 and KS2 over the years. She is passionate about creating exciting and varied learning experiences. She has high expectations of herself and this is reflected in her teaching. Carla aims to encourage, support and challenge every child, so that they feel confident and are able to strive and reach their full potential.
Learning Support Assistant
Zoe joined the team in 2022 while pursuing her Early Years qualification, Zoe's journey is a testament to her commitment to both her professional growth and her aspiration to become a qualified teacher.
Zoe is a dynamic and adaptable member of staff - just what is required when teaching 3-7 year olds! With strong communication, and self-motivation, Zoe excels both as a collaborative team member and as an independent worker. Her proactive approach to continuous improvement allows her to consistently deliver high standards in her role.
Working alongside Hayley Whitby within the foundation phase, Zoe contributes to group intervention in reading, writing and numeracy as well as planning fabulous activities for the children to enjoy.
Dan currently works as Acting Head of the senior school alongside his role as Deputy Head / Academic lead. Dan is an accomplished history and languages teacher with over ten years of teaching experience in both the state and independent sectors.
He holds a degree in modern foreign languages and a PGCE in languages and history. Dan has a wealth of experience teaching students from KS3 to A-level in a range of subjects, including French, German, Italian, Latin, and history, and has extensive experience as an examiner.
His commitment to helping each pupil succeed has consistently resulted in outstanding results.
Dr Alan Riley currently works alongside Dan Harries and joint Acting Head as well as Head of Mathematics and Science in the Senior school.
With degrees in mathematics , chemistry and physics as well as a PhD in chemistry (from Stirling University), Alan has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over two decades as a research chemist before embarking on a career in tutoring and teaching.
Alan joined us with significant experience in teaching mathematics, chemistry and physics up to A level standard and is loved by the pupils in the school as one of the most popular teachers - Alan has a unique talent of being able to teach and support pupils of low and high ability.
Dr Akmal Shazad, a scientist, psychologist and former veterinary practitioner joins our science and social science departments bringing a wealth of subject knowledge along with a calm and focused teaching style.
Akmal has a background of teaching Biology and Animal care, as well as working in various settings across the county as cover supervisor and LSA.
As a passionate educator, Akmal will support the delivery of Science throughout the senior school, as well as teaching Psychology at KS4 and KS5.
Sarmil, or better known as Mr J to his pupils joined our school in 2022 and currently teaches Business Studies as well as working as a cover teacher in the senior school.
As an experienced educator with a rich international background encompassing the UK, Australia, and the Philippines, Sarmil's teaching philosophy emphasises the positive impact of action on pupils, families, and communities, guided by a calm and supportive presence that encourages learning and growth.
Sarmil's dedication to socioculturally responsive teaching and comprehensive planning exemplifies his approach to nurturing communities and driving change. Beyond his educational contributions, Sarmil's volunteer work and advocacy for justice and equity has led him to building connections and fostering a more equitable society.
Lottie, a qualified Senior Mathematics teacher, draws inspiration from her positive educational journey to create an inclusive learning atmosphere. With a structured approach, she aims to make mathematics accessible for all learners, guiding them through its intricacies with strong foundational skills.
Lottie's teaching extends beyond the classroom, seen through her experiences as a versatile supply teacher in primary and secondary settings. Her ability to connect with students, cultivated through coaching and PGCE training, translates to effective classroom management and positive relationships.
As a skilled form tutor, Lottie focuses on nurturing students' self-confidence and overall well-being.
Neil joins Castle school as a renowned Science Specialist with an unparalleled record in teacher professional development on a global scale.
With over three decades of experience, Neil seamlessly combines the latest research insights with his extensive expertise to revolutionise teaching and learning practices, enriching the educational journey of countless students.
As an international speaker, Neil's impact goes beyond words; he embraces a hands-on approach by conducting demonstration lessons that embody his innovative strategies. His comprehensive experience encompasses diverse school settings, making him an expert in transforming challenging environments and pushing good schools toward excellence. Neil's abilities extends to behavior management, fostering an inclusive and positive classroom environment that goes beyond surface-level compliance.
A pioneer in Science, Maths, and PE curricula, Neil's influence also extends to spearheading Girls in STEM initiatives and enhancing learner resilience. His visionary creation, "Rubbish STEM," encapsulates his commitment to scientific literacy, empowering students to repurpose discarded materials into valuable creations. With an uncanny ability to inspire both educators and students, coupled with his strategic use of technology, Neil is a highly valued addition to the Castle school family.
Sally Anne Jones
Sally graduated with a BSc Honours degree in The Rural Environment and for almost 10 Years worked for HMCS.
She completed a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Home-based Childcare and set up her own business with CSSIW as a registered childminder. She became a volunteer at my local primary school and this led her to seek a career as an LSA. As part of her CPD she completed a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in School (QCF) at Pembrokeshire College.
Sally has completed an Accelerated Literacy course which has enabled her to work closely with children on a one to one basis, assisting and helping them to increase their confidence in language skills.
Sally is passionate about working with children in the great outdoors and developing their appreciation and love for the environment.
Amy is an experienced qualified secondary teacher with a PGCE in Performing Arts, Drama with Music.
Amy has previously taught English GCSE and Drama GCSE and A level. She also taught KS3 Music, Drama and Art in mainstream secondary schools.
Highly experienced in working with SEN children and young people who require an alternative to mainstream provision, she is also highly experienced in outdoor teaching and is, amongst other things, an Archery instructor.
Amy has led community youth Drama groups and has additional training in running Shakespeare Schools Festival projects. She is also qualified to offer Trinity Guildhall and LAMDA Drama tuition.
Amy is passionate about encouraging young people in the Arts to promote a positive outlook and raise self esteem.
Alison is a very experienced Humanities teacher (Geography and History) with a BA (Hons), MA and a PGCE from Keele University.
She has spent the majority of her teaching career working in good and outstanding schools in England and has held the position of Subject Leader.
Alison has previously taken students on field trips both in the UK and abroad. She has taken students to Namibia with British Exploring to build a playground, taught Geography and played sport.
Alison has also worked as a Learning Coach to raise the attainment of targeted students funded by the Welsh government. She now teaches Geography and History from Year 9 to A-level.
Sam has a BA (with hons) in English literature and a PGCE in art. She first first joined Castle School in 2015 (or 2016!) as a teaching assistant working closely in the art and English departments.
Sam has invaluable experience teaching prep, KS3, KS4, and A level art and teaching English up to GCSE.
During this time, Sam also worked with the ALNCo learning how to plan and teach intervention groups, prepare individual education plans, and honing her skills in how to best support these pupils in the classroom.
Sam understands the importance of tailoring lessons to meet the individual needs of all pupils and is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
Jay has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the field of computer science from Aberystwyth University and the University of Nottingham respectively.
He primarily teaches computer science throughout senior school and also in the Castle School Sixth Form Centre.
He loves photography and runs the school’s photography club, allowing the pupils to get hands-on experience with professional-grade photography equipment.
Rebecca Trick Walker
Rebecca read English Language and Literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford before gaining her PGCE in London.
She’s a highly experienced teacher of English up to A Level and Drama, having taught in a range of schools in London and Worcestershire. In all of her posts, she’s held an integral role in ALN provision. She’s also worked as transition tutor for Oxbridge candidates.
A professionally trained actor and singer, she’s toured secondary schools across the country with TIE. As well as teaching English, Rebecca is a professional writer with numerous plays broadcast on Radio 4, published short fiction and a novel longlisted for a literary award.
She shares her writing skills in creative workshops for both schools and adults to build confidence in self-expression and creativity.
Becca Ward is our Head of Humanities at Castle School, bringing a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to pupil development.
Becca's journey in education began as an NQT in a challenging setting, where she quickly rose to the role of Subject Lead for Religious Studies, showcasing her resilience and strong pastoral skills.
Her subsequent six-year tenure within a Church of England School allowed her to form strong connections with pupils, earning her a Jack Petchey Award for Outstanding Leader, a testament to her impact and abilities.
Becca's leadership journey extends beyond the classroom, as she serves as a mentor for trainee teachers and a NASUWT representative, prioritising both professional growth and student well-being. Her teaching philosophy centres on caring for every facet of a pupil's development, fostering a support system that is aspirational, empathetic, patient, and passionate.
As a former pupil at Castle School we are delighted to be welcoming Harry Thomas back into our Castle School family.
Harry, has pursued a career in sports coaching and youth training since he graduated.
Harry is already familiar with some of our pupils through his football and cricket presence in the county and is keen to bring his inclusive and fun approach to both our senior and prep pupils - Harry will also be our Duke of Edinburgh lead.
Teacher and Head of 6th Form
Saj Madni serves as the Head of Sixth Form, bringing her expertise as a teacher of law and politics. She holds PGCE qualifications in English and Religious Education from the University of Birmingham. Saj has also found success in the field of law and community organising.
Her achievements include receiving the Alumna of the Year award from her university for her services to the legal field and her leadership development work with youth and community organisations.
She achieved the distinctions of becoming the youngest Head of Department for a core subject at a large West Midlands secondary school. In 2014, she moved to Pembrokeshire and has taught in both state and independent sectors. Saj remains dedicated to nurturing critical thinking and inspiring students to reach their full potential.
Saj is an avid footballer and played professionally for many years before trying to instil the love of the sport in the sixth formers during ‘well-being Wednesdays,’ often with some success!
Health & Wellbeing
Suzie has a BA (HONS) in counselling plus a level 5 diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Suzie is an integrative counsellor that draws on various techniques from different types of therapies, a combined approach tailored for the individual's needs.
Suzie has previous experience of working with counselling organisations as well as private practice. She is a holistic therapist with a passion for physical, emotional,social,and spiritual wellbeing and has over twenty years experience working within the field of additional needs providing support for individuals and their families.
Suzie is motivated and passionate about her role as school counsellor at Castle School, and working within the pastoral team.
Emily has a BSc (Hons) in Computing and a background in working with a company offering payroll development, leading the business development team and in charge of developing and installing complex payroll solutions - so she is a bit of a whiz!
At Castle School Emily works with Rhiannon to keep everything ship shape, as well as managing admissions for the school.
Administrator & Events Manager