Leadership

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Kathleen McGillycuddy - Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

I have been in educational leadership for 20 years having been in programme/project management for regeneration projects and the police service before that. I have worked in schools across the South West ranging from Devon to Somerset to Bristol serving wonderfully distinct and diverse communities. 

I am a great believer in knowledge being power and that self-agency, self-esteem and empowerment through a great education are game changers for young people. 

I live in Bristol with my husband and two sons and enjoy travelling back to Ireland as much as I am able.

 

Clare

Clare de Glanville - Deputy Head

I am proud to be part of the Tewkesbury School community. I have been at the school for a good number of years and I have had many roles including French and Spanish teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher with primary liaison, Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning and now Deputy Headteacher.  Tewkesbury School runs through my core!  I am passionate about our students and staff and have developed excellent relationships with our families and local community to ensure that the very best can be achieved for our young people. It is my firm belief that education promotes equity in society - knowledge is power!

I am delighted with the education my own children received at Tewkesbury School, and though their school years have recently ended, I continue to make strategic school decisions asking myself "Would I want this for my child?". I strive hard alongside my colleagues to ensure that our students can flourish and grow to be thoughtful local, national and international citizens.  I want our students to recognise that for them anything is possible and that their good choices, engagement and determination will secure them their dreams.

In my free time, I juggle family life, creative activities and exercise. In recent years, having a dog has been a great and joyful addition to family life.

 
Parker, Angela
 
Angela Parker - Assistant Head, Teaching and Learning
 
I have had the privilege of working in education for over twenty years. My span of experience of different educational establishments ranging from secondary and special schools to Sixth Form college has equipped me with a comprehensive perspective and an appreciation of an extensive range of approaches and pupils’ needs. 

 

Tewkesbury School is a special place with a diverse range of fantastic students and dedicated staff; it has been an absolute pleasure being part of this community for the past 8 years and I look forward to supporting the school to continue to thrive.  

 

Teaching is my lifelong passion and my philosophy that drives all I do has never changed: striving to empower our young people to be the best version of themselves.  I am known for loving a quote and this one from Roger Clemens rings true for me and the youngsters I work with: "I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it".

 

Outside of school, I have three passions: my family, travelling and sport preferably all three together! I understand the challenges faced by so many in terms of mental health, financial strains and teenage emotions and am here to support our whole community in any way I can.

 

 

Whiting, Vivienne (1)

Vivienne Whiting - Assistant Head, Raising Attainment

Whilst working in industry (for 20 years), I started volunteering with teenagers and suddenly discovered my true vocation. I joined the teaching profession and Tewkesbury School as I hit my forties and have never looked back!

Firstly as a maths teacher, then careers lead, Director of Mathematics and now, as Assistant Headteacher, I’ve had the privilege of working with our school community to improve the life chances of all.

 

I am immensely proud of our students, parents and staff; the school community is dedicated to ensuring the holistic education of all our students, preparing them for their next steps in life and equipping them with skills for the 21st century.

 

I have numerous areas of interest; developing financial literacy, supporting those who struggle with a wide variety of barriers to learning and developing a school wide programme of enriching extra curricular activities.

 

As a parent of secondary aged children myself, I understand all too well the challenges facing both families and students. I look forward to working with our wider school community to raise aspirations and further develop the opportunities for all the young people in our care.


 

Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas - Director of Business Management 

My responsibilities at the school are to ensure the strategic business management of the school and its day-to-day effectiveness and efficiency. This includes all aspects of Finance, HR, Student Services, eServices, Site management, Health and Safety and Capital Development.

School improvement requires significant investment of resources and my role of Director of Business Management plays a key part in ensuring that any strategic decision-making in school is informed by consideration of efficiency, effectiveness and value for money. These decisions need to ensure our investments are all worthwhile and to ensure we make effective use of the resources we are given in order to achieve the most we can in terms of our students outcomes.

Prior to working at Tewkesbury School I was a Director and Divisional Director in two change consultancies providing transformational change expertise to organisations across the UK to facilitate and support them in reviews of their services to show continuous improvement in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

Outside of school I carry out rugby coaching with U13s,U14s and U15s at Gloucester and at Tewkesbury.