Manor Green School

Manor Green School

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Joolz Scarlett, Headteacher Senior Leader
Helen Hannam, Associate Headteacher Senior Leader
Warren Griffiths, Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding Senior Leader
Helen Reeves, Head of HR Senior Leader
Tanya Marley, Head of Operations Senior Leader
Didem Allen, Head of Finance Senior Leader
Shelley Thomas, Head of First School and Therapies
Viktoria Kincses Head of  Towards Independence
Rhiannon Jones, Head of Independence
Sarah Fraser-Thwaites, Head of Specialist
Rebecca Brosnan, Early Years' Foundation Stage Leader
Rachel Goymer, Head  of The Link
Amelia King / Josie Glover, Nurture Leader
Joolz Scarlett, Headteacher

I have worked in education for over 20 years and my experience includes working with children and young adults across the primary, special and secondary sectors. 

I joined Manor Green School in 2013 as the Assistant Headteacher for the secondary department, became a Deputy Headteacher in 2015 and was very fortunate to be appointed Headteacher in September 2016.  I love working at the school and enjoy being surrounded by a variety of amazing young people and staff, which fulfils my passion for inclusion and working with children.

I grew up locally in Berkshire and am married with two children, who, along with Manor Green School and our large furry family, keep me happy and busy and, whenever I do have time to myself, I enjoy horse riding and live music.  

Helen Hannam, Associate Headteacher  

I studied for my Degree (B.A Hons and PGCE) at Liverpool University. Following these studies I decided to travel and spent the next 10 years in Hong Kong working as part of the English Schools' Foundation. I have worked extensively within the pastoral system during my teaching career and moved towards Special Educational Needs taking my SENCO       qualification at Reading University.

For the past three years I worked as the Assistant Head for Inclusion at Cox Green School. I worked closely with Manor Green School and having the opportunity to join the school is a hugely exciting opportunity that I am really looking forward to. I am passionate about making a difference through educational opportunities.

Out of school I am kept very busy along with my husband and 10 year old son training the latest addition to the Hannam household, our 12 week old puppy, Lanson.

Manor Green is a fantastic school and I look forward to  meeting and working closely with all the students, staff and parents.

Warren Griffiths, Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding  

I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to come and work at Manor Green School in the role of Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding. A few weeks before I had my job interview I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the school and was not only impressed by the excellent facilities and staff resources, but was  taken aback at how happy all the students were.  I immediately knew that this was where I wanted to work.

I have been working in Children’s Services for 12 years with my most recent role being the Manager for an Intensive Family Support Team. However, over the years I have had various roles working in a variety of settings including Social Care, Youth Offending Teams, and a Charity. I have also been a Foster Carer for the past two years.

Outside of work I live with my wife, two children and two lazy French Bulldogs (Nora and Lola)!

I look forward to meeting you all over the coming months.

Helen Reeves, Head of HR  

I have worked in senior HR roles in mainly public sector and charity organisations including the National Gallery and Terrence Higgins Trust. My previous role was at the Electoral Commission which is an independent organisation that regulates the finances of political parties and encourages people to vote in elections. I enjoy working for organisations that have a positive impact on people’s lives and my  experience has focused on enabling and supporting others to deliver their best in order to meet the aims of the organisation.

My work has covered all aspects of HR including strategy, organisational design and change,   employee relations, recruitment, learning and development, engagement, reward and staff well-being. I have provided advice to managers and staff on complex staffing issues and I have managed some major projects. I have managed HR teams of varying sizes. 

My role at the school is to provide strategic leadership on all matters relating to the school’s workforce and support the school’s aims of becoming a Centre of Excellence and an Employer of Choice. 

In my spare time I like socialising with family and friends, gardening and baking. 

Tanya Marley, Head of Operations

I am the Head of Operations  and hold responsibility for Facilities, Health & Safety, ICT and Reception.

I joined Manor Green School in April 2015.  I have been working in facilities for 18 years, having started my facilities' career in a large facilities' management company working for the Ministry of Defence.  Following 15 years in that sector, I worked as Facilities' Manager for a further education establishment, before joining Manor Green School as facilities manager, and took on the role as Operations' Manager in 2017.

I live in Hampshire with my husband and cat Rocco.

In my spare time I am a keen fair weather camper; we have a large tent and like discovering new areas in the UK to visit.

Didem Allen. Head of Finance

I am a CIMA qualified accountant and have worked in finance for over 15 years at various roles in the private sector before joining MGS in October 2017. In my most recent role I was working as a Financial Controller for the UK subsidiary of a global business-to-business services company.

I live in Berkshire with my husband and two daughters. We enjoy camping trips and cycling together. I have been trying to learn Spanish for much longer than I would like to admit so I try to fit in some study time as and when I can. 

Shelley Thomas, Head of First School and Therapies

I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education. I have a passion for SEN, so whilst at university I specialised in Special Educational Needs.

After graduating I started my teaching career as an NQT at Holyport Manor School (now Manor Green School), teaching in the Nursery class.

A few years later I became Key Stage Leader For Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am now Assistant Headteacher for First School and Therapies as well taking a lead on our exciting new project: The HIVE, which provides education at home for young people who are unable to attend a school setting due to being medically vulnerable.

Outside of work I live at home with my partner, my two girls and my dog Milo. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going on long walks.


Viktoria Kincses, Head of Towards Independence

I graduated as a teacher and conductive therapist in Hungary and qualified as a teacher in 1997.

After my graduation I travelled the world and supported many children in their physical development and education.

I moved to the UK in 2006 and have lived here ever since.  I joined Manor Green School in 2015 as a middle leader and am now the Assistant Headteacher for Towards independence. I completed my NPQSL qualification in January 2017 and my SEND Elementary Law qualification in July 2018.

I am a passionate leader and I want to make a difference to all students.  I believe that Manor Green School is a fantastic school where the students can thrive and fulfil their potential.

Outside of school I live with my 8 year old daughter and my partner.

Rhiannon Jones, Head of Independence

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology. In 2007, I completed a PGCE in Secondary Science and prior to Manor Green worked in mainstream schools in Pastoral and Head of Department roles. I always wanted to pursue a career in SEN and in 2014 I was delighted to start working here as a teacher. In 2015, I became a Key Stage Leader (Key Stage 3) which then evolved into Cluster Leader for Penguin. In 2017, I took on Oxford Cluster too and am now Assistant Headteacher for Independence.

I live with my husband.  We have two children aged 4 and 2 and a dog called Ben. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking Ben for long walks and have recently found a love of gardening.


Sarah Fraser-Thwaites, Head of Specialist

I graduated from University with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management and went on to support many students with different disabilities in the outdoors.

I joined Manor Green School as a Specialist Support Assistant in 2012 and have held many various roles working with many students across the school since then. I am now Assistant Headteacher for Specialist and the Educational Visits Co-ordinator for the school. 

Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors and time spent with my family and friends. 

Rachel Goymer, Head of the Link

I have worked at Manor Green for five years. During this time I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with a range of students and staff across the school.

I started my career in education specialising in Early Years Teaching. I spent time teaching in a variety of schools and across the primary age range. My time working in early years taught me how important it is to ensure children feel happy and safe in school, as well as the importance of learning actively through play. This has led to my further study for a master’s qualification in Education with a focus on emotional and social skills, as well as promoting positive mental health. I have worked in the secondary department in Manor Green and I have had full-filled the role of acting Key Stage Leader for Key Stage 3. After this I went on to continue to extend my skills by becoming Primary Link and Outreach leader and I currently hold the position of Assistant Headteacher for the Link. We offer a therapeutic intervention for primary aged children to help them to regulate and take on the challenges of school life. I truly enjoy working at Manor Green, with the fantastic students and staff, that I get the privilege of working with daily. I hope to be able to use my experiences in education to support the development of Manor Green School in the future.

My weekends are filled with visits to friends and family, we will often enjoy a variety of board games. I enjoy going for long walks by the sea or across the moors, painting, and studying neuropsychology. I am also learning to play the harp!

Amelia King, Nurture Leader

I attended Winchester University and studied Education Studies (SEN) followed by Oxford Brookes to do my PGCE. I had a week placement at Manor Green School and loved the ethos and working with students of all ages and abilities. Once I graduated as a teacher, I secured a place at Manor Green School and have now been working here for seven years.

I taught in Secondary KS3 for two years and realised the school needed a different kind of class which catered for students who needed a more emotional and wellbeing focus. This led me to start a primary nurture class which involved carefully selecting students who needed a more bespoke curriculum, targeting on self- regulation, self-esteem and wellbeing. After successful re-integration back into classes, I was promoted to Nurture Leader and the school created an additional secondary nurture class; these students also being successfully integrated back into classes at the end of the year.

Whilst leading the nurture classes, I started a Nurturing School Programme and in 2019 I lead the school in achieving this award. I am currently leading on nurture across the school which includes behaviour and wellbeing in classes, giving support, advice and resources to staff, parents and carers, delivering training, and providing outreach to other schools.

I also lead on the interventions' team which includes specialists in EAL, Literacy, Maths, Food Technology, Design Technology and HLTA mentoring.

Outside of school I live with my partner and my two cats, Miller and Carter. My favourite pastime is watching films and eating popcorn!

Josie Glover, Nurture Leader

I graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a BA HONS in Performing Arts.

After graduating I spent five years travelling around Australia and began my teaching career after getting my PGCE at Charles Darwin University where I taught Dance and Drama. I arrived back in the UK in 2014 and after spending a few days volunteering at Manor Green School,  I found a new passion for working in Special Education and was lucky enough to get a teaching post here.

I started in Donaldson class in 2014 and then spent time in a variety of classes and key stages as I became a qualified teacher in the UK. I  spent the majority of my time teaching and mentoring in First School before I left to further my career at another special school in 2018.

After a few years as Early Years and Key Stage 1 Leader I felt it was time to pursue other avenues and further my career in Special Needs. I am now fortunate to be the Nurture Lead maternity cover, where I get to interact with students across the whole school whilst supporting with behaviour. I am also part of the Manor Green Outreach Team.

Outside of work I spend  my time with my daughter Dolly and my family; enjoying time outside and finding fun and exciting activities to do together.