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Meet the School Team

Robyn Vincent
Headteacher

Robyn’s role at the school is to look after our learners’ individual requirements and their pastoral welfare. She’s been an English teacher for over 20 years and has worked in Special Schools for the last 11. She loves the new Outdoors School because it is so different and allows children to be children with the flexibility to learn in the way that best suits them.
Robyn loves anything to do with music, dancing and singing. She reads a lot and loves to cook.

Jon Breeze
Deputy Headteacher

Jon has worked as a lead in welfare, pastoral care, and behaviour as a senior member of staff in secondary schools for the past twelve years. I am passionate about giving the best opportunity’s for all children and young people to achieve in life, no matter what challenges life throws at them. Originally from the Midlands moved to Devon in 2014. I’m a primary school governor, where my children attend, I’m also a leader at my local church and a massive rugby fan!

P Wilkins
SENDCo / Designated Safeguarding Lead

P has worked as SENDCo as a senior member of staff in mainstream schools for 6 years. As a result she strongly believes that all learners can succeed when provided with the right tasks, support and understanding. In her spare time P likes to spend time with her family and friends, walking and playing with her 2 Therapy dogs Mr Darcy and Bingley, and cooking, reading and playing her saxophone.

Karen Salt
School Administrator & SLT PA

Karen has over 20 years experience working in various Devon Schools. If you have any questions or queries relating to School, please get in touch and she will do her best to help. Karen enjoys cooking, including baking, walking, visiting friends and spending time with her family.

Daisy Thomas
Site Lead & Curriculum Lead (Shillingford)

Daisy delivers the curriculum at The Outdoors School. She uses forest school based teaching to help children learn. Previously working with children with down syndrome and autism, Daisy tailors the curriculum to meet individual student needs. Outside of the school, Daisy runs her own pottery business and is a keen climber.

Lee Smith
Site Lead & Pastoral Lead (Tiverton)

Lee is a pastoral tutor at Tiverton site. He has a background in youth work, pastoral care and teaching and is qualified in terms of teaching, coaching, care and advice and guidance. Lee likes being in the outdoors, theatre and all things football!

Suzie Corkery
Enrichment Lead

Suzie has been working in the Outdoor Industry for a number of years. She holds a variety of
Nationally Recognised Outdoor, Teaching and Assessor qualifications and has experience working with people of all ages and abilities within an outdoor setting. In her spare time Suzie enjoys being active…surfing, paddling and cycling being some of her favourite activities to participate in….she also loves being creative and is a keen drummer.

Seamo Teare
ASD & PDA Specialist

Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group.

Vicki Durant
Parent, Family Support Advisor

Vicki has 18 years experience of working with children and families as a qualified Social Worker, spending her latter years supporting Foster Carers with the children they care for.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time at the beach, camping and live music and spending time with friends and family.

Beverly Garland
KS4 Coordinator

Beverly began her working life teaching Psychology and then specialised in Inclusion working first at a Pupil Referral Unit and then heading up a provision in a large mainstream secondary school. Having had 15 years experience in these settings she firmly believes all children deserve a high quality and stimulating education and believes that this is what we can offer at The Outdoors School.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, watching films and walking her labrador in the beautiful countryside.

Karen Callus
Literacy Lead

Karen has 13 years experience as a qualified primary school teacher in mainstream settings and 1 year in a Steiner school. Her passion lies within the teaching of Literacy and the Arts and a commitment to empower young people with the skills necessary to express themselves creatively and engage with others and interests, in a way that is both meaningful and life enriching. In her spare time Karen loves to walk her dogs on Dartmoor and enjoys listening to many different genres of music whilst getting creative with an art project.

Debbie Ley
Learning Support Assistant & Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Shillingford)

For the past almost 20 years Debbie has worked on a 1-1 basis in primary schools as a learning support assistant. You can find her walking her British Bulldog in her spare time!

Hannah Brewer
Curriculum Tutor / Assistant SENDCo (Tiverton)

Hannah is a qualified primary teacher and has taught in mainstream primary settings and within Special Educational Needs schools. She has a passion for working so closely with young people and particularly being with them outside. Hannah also has a background in fine art and therapeutic creative workshops.

Sam Rowley
Curriculum Tutor (Shillingford)

Sam works as a Curriculum Tutor for The Outdoors School. His aim is to give the children we are working with as many different opportunities and experiences as we can; this can hopefully lead to finding talent, creating inquisitiveness and enjoying ourselves. He trained as a Primary School teacher and has always been passionate about working outdoors and nurturing the next generation of learners . Sam loves being surrounded by nature and in the next five years hopes to climb Mont Blanc.

Kit Banks
Curriculum Tutor (Shillingford)

Kit is a qualified Secondary Geography Teacher and Forest School Leader, with experience in Outdoor Learning in the primary setting, as well as instructing outdoor pursuits. she loves anything and everything outdoors and likes to challenge herself, spending her free time competing in gig rowing and triathlons.

Sophie Hansen
Curriculum Tutor (Tiverton)

Sophie is an experienced teacher and taught for many years at Dulverton Middle School, delivering the unique ‘Exmoor Curriculum’ and working in partnership with The Exmoor National park. She is also a qualified Forest School leader and strongly believes in enabling children to work outdoors whenever there is the opportunity. In her free time she is a Cub Scout leader and enjoys swimming, running and going off exploring with her family in her camper van.

Stephen Forrest
Curriculum Tutor (Shillingford)

Stephen originally trained as a teacher but then followed a successful 22 year career in the Royal Marines traveling around the world and experiencing many cultures. After the military he came back to teaching were he found an interest in teaching in the outdoors especially green woodwork and blacksmithing. He enjoys exploring the outdoors especially the small quiet beaches, rivers and hills in Devon and Cornwall with his wife and two dogs.

Dave Kell
Pastoral Tutor (Tiverton)
Hannah Gill
Pastoral Tutor (Shillingford)

Hannah is a trained primary school teacher beginning her career in Bristol before moving back towards the sea! Hannah loves being outdoors and sharing this with young learners.
In her spare time you may find her eating, exploring or spending time with her loved ones. Maybe even all together.

Rachael Dale
Pastoral Tutor (Shillingford)

Rachael has been working in the special education field since leaving college and is currently doing a Psychology degree part time. Her favourite things are walking on the moor with her dogs, playing guitar, film photography and camping in her van!

Jordain Lewis
Pastoral Tutor (Tiverton)

Jordain is one of the pastoral tutors at our Tiverton site. She has worked for The Outdoors Group since 2018, running team building events, assisting with adult training, the home education groups, in the kindergarten and most recently, working 1-1 for our Transitional Learning Programme. Jordain has trained to work with individuals with social, emotional, behavioural and special needs and has taught in various settings, but enjoys being outdoors the most. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, adventuring and travelling, learning new skills and absorbing a good book.

Meg Williams
Pastoral Tutor (Tiverton)

Meg’s background is working with nursery age children, she fell in love with Forest School while working at an outdoor nursery in Scotland. Since moving back to the South West she has trained as a Forest School leader and is very passionate about the benefits of outdoor education. In her spare time Meg enjoys walking on the hills with her dogs and family, cooking and sewing.

Ross Wheeler
Pastoral Tutor (Shillingford)

Ross has been working with children for the past 20 years in numerous settings, the past 12 years have been working with children who are autistic as well as children suffering from PTSD. He has a therapeutic background and is also a qualified outdoor instructor, alongside teaching map reading and camp skills for Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors teams. I have jointly been part of organising caving expeditions to France and Spain. He manages a youth club in his village and in his my free time you will find him walking on Dartmoor with his dogs or in the Yorkshire dales caving with his friends.

Lizzie Peberdy
Pastoral Tutor (Tiverton)

Lizzie is a 1:1 LSA at the Tiverton site. She has many years of experience as a primary school teacher in the UK and abroad but has also enjoyed working with young people in outdoor settings with youth work and environmental charities in Somerset. She is passionate about sustainability and the outdoors, so if she’s not stomping about in the countryside you’ll probably find her at the beach!

Jake Ward
Learning Support Assistant (Tiverton)

Jake has been with the Outdoors Group for over 2 years, running Home Education groups, teen groups, working with visiting schools and setting up and facilitating after school clubs. It was a natural move over to The Outdoors School where he wants to bring his love of nature and outdoor learning to our learners. Jake is a Level 4 qualified Bushcraft Instructor and enjoys archery, rugby, practicing primitive technology skills alongside all things connected with natural history

Harry Johnson
Learning Support Assistant (Tiverton)

Harry is one of our behaviour support workers. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his main hobbies being going to the gym and training clients.

Mike Summers
Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)

Mike is an LSA at The Outdoor School and supports the learners needs and helps ensure they maximise their learning potential. He has 20 years experience working for the Ministry of Justice and specialised in working with the most challenging and vulnerable people within its care. During his spare time he can be found restoring various old Volkswagens. Mike is easily identified by his pink sparkly Barbie hat!

Simon Gill
Learning Support Assistant (Tiverton)

Simon has many years experience of working with young people.
He’s worked in both primary and secondary schools as an autism specialist.
He also runs a Saturday club for young people with a range of different needs.
His background is in photography and Art and loves being creative and being outside.

Alaska Trotman
Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)

Alaska is a qualified secondary teacher with a background in outdoor and environmental education. She is passionate about bringing the benefits of the outdoors to learners and embracing the learning opportunities it creates. In her free time Alaska enjoys acroyoga, coastal walks, foraging and painting.

Merrily Kirton
Outdoor Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)

Merrily has worked at The Outdoors School as an Outdoor Learning Support Assistant since January 2020. She is currently training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader as it’s her passion to help people learn and care for the natural world. In her spare time Merrily enjoys gardening, exploring in her campervan, walking on Dartmoor, wild swimming and climbing.

Joolz Doncaster
Outdoor Learning Support Assistant (Tiverton)

Joolz started her working life as an agricultural worker in the south east of England. She lived on a canal boat and moved up north to pick sprouts and dive for oysters and lived in a bender (a home made from hazel branches and tarpaulins) when she then spent a couple of years planting native trees in the Caledonian Forest. Afterwards, she lived by herself on an Isle off the West coast of the Scottish Highlands! She then went on to become a Community Artist, helping kids connect with themselves through art and performance and find a way to show others how they feel without feeling inhibited. When Joolz has spare time, she loves to make things, play her fiddle and ride her unicycle….

Rowan Pring
BSL Support

Rowan is a 1:1 behavioural support worker who specialises in working with learners who are Deaf, BSL users and learners who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges and Special Education Needs (SEN).
She has a degree in Deaf Studies, is in the final stages of qualifying as an Integrative Counsellor and has 8 years experience in youth work; 2 of which have been with The Outdoors Group.
She enjoys illustration and collage, baking, body-boarding, BMXing, whittling little wooden animals and sea swimming (all year round!).

Tobin Broadbent
BSL Tutor

Tobin is passionate about deaf inclusion and has worked nationally as a British Sign Language interpreter. As an Arts graduate, Tobin is also a qualified and experienced teacher and has tutored deaf students with additional needs for many years in general further education. He is also a qualified Cued Speech user, who has worked recently in the charity domain advocating the use of Cued Speech and BSL to deafness professionals all around the UK. Tobin enjoys meeting deaf people on his travels all over the world, kayak surfing from sunny Devon beaches, maintaining and riding bicycles and motorcycles, as well as ruining perfectly good tunes on a ukulele.

Laura Brown
Communication Support Worker

Laura has worked in education for 10 years supporting profoundly deaf, as well as Deaf-blind learners. She has Early Years Initial Teacher status, Level 3 BSL and Level 2 Cued Speech. Out of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking her labradoodle for walks in the country side.

Leone Ellis
Play Therapist

Leone is an accredited Play Therapist, Filial Play Coach, Creative Arts Cousellor and Forest School Leader with 15 years’ experience working with families and children. She is passionate about working with children who are facing the challenges of life and is inspired by their capacity to work through these challenges using play and talking therapies. Leone loves working outdoors with children using nature as a co facilitator in the therapeutic process.

Iwan Keirle
1:1 (Shillingford)

Iwan is a 1:1 learning support assistant at the Shillingford site. Iwan has a background in kayaking and coaching. He spends his weekends and free time exploring Devon’s coastline and walking all the Tors that Dartmoor has to offer.

Maxeen Hatch
1:1 (Tiverton)

Maxeen’s role is to support one of the learners in Tiverton. Previously she has worked with children with autism and multi-sensory impairments within special needs school settings and in the community. In her free time Maxeen enjoys walking and crafts, anything from colouring to making quilts.

Mark Hancock
1:1 (Shillingford)

Mark is a 1:1 for one of our learners at the Exeter School, ensuring that he has all the right support he needs. Mark has been in education for over 10 years, including being Education Officer at a coastal zoo and an animal sanctuary. Mark enjoys board games and is a huge Exeter Chiefs fan, going to most home games for 20 years and now has the once very unexpected joy of supporting the double champions!

Jayne Whitfield
1:1 (Shillingford)

Jayne is a one-to-one worker and believes in supporting young people to reach their full potential in a caring and supported learning environment. Jayne has a massive love for the outdoors and has previously supported young people in various outdoor activities such as climbing, caving and canoeing. She is a keen snowboarder and love to hit the slopes whenever possible however her guilty pleasure is playing computer games and she used to work as a games tester and even worked on Tomb Raider, although she says she’s no Laura Croft!

Julia Gill
1:1 (Shillingford)

Julia has enjoyed working with children in a variety of settings for the past 20 years: as a secondary science teacher, a youth worker, an EFL teacher, an LSA and a parent to 4 girls. At the Outdoors School she is a 1:1 LSA at the Exeter site. She loves camping and exploring the great wide world with her family.

Thomas Abbots
1:1 (Shillingford)

Tom is a Learning Support Assistant for The Outdoors School. He is part-time adventurer, full-time fun seeker, and spends his summers teaching watersports and his winters teaching skiing. Tom loves being outside, tinkering with his car, and shooting hoops at the local basketball courts.

Katie Green
1:1 (Shillingford)

Katie is an experienced support worker and qualified sustainable horticulturist and has enjoyed working with people of all ages in various settings over the last 5 years, including community run urban gardens in Europe. She is currently training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader and works for The Outdoors School as an Outdoor Learning Support Assistant, where she can bring her knowledge of nature and passion for helping people together. Katie often gets creative in her spare time, through projects such as building a mobile sauna or creating an interior vertical garden, she also loves swimming, reading and singing.

Tom Goldsmith
1:1 (Shillingford)

Tom works as a 1:1 LSA at The Outdoors School. He trained as a secondary school teacher but also has experience of working with primary age children, and in an early years setting. In his spare time Tom enjoys fixing up old bikes, playing the drums, and going for walks with his family in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Keeley Seatherton
1:1 (Tiverton)

Keeley will be working as a 1-1 LSA, mainly based at Tiverton. All her previous experience is working as an SEMH Practioner with both adults and young individuals, within the community and residential provisions. In her spare time she likes to take her dog, Finnley, out for walks to the beach, rivers and canals as he loves swimming!

Jordon Miles
1:1 (Tiverton)

Jordon is a 1:1 LSA at the Tiverton Site. His past experience is primarily within Primary School Settings and is qualified as a Level 3 Learning Support Assistant. He has previously worked at the local National Trust property – Knightshayes – and is passionate about the outdoors. Jordon enjoys country walks and going to the beach to collect rocks and shells.

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