Meet the School Team

Tom Lowday

Tom is one of our founders. He studied FDg Environmental Education and since then has worked in land based industries promoting sustainable land management and conservation in both farming and forestry.

Shevek Pring
Director (Designated Safeguarding Officer)

Shevek is one of our founders and has been working in the outdoor education sector for many years as an instructor and team leader. He has been running residentials, day courses, accredited courses and expeditions for several years.

Robyn Vincent

My role at the school is to look after our learners’ individual requirements and their pastoral welfare. I’ve been an English teacher for over 20 years and have worked in Special Schools for the last 11. I’m loving 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.
I love anything to do with music, dancing and singing. I read a lot and love 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!

Karen Salt
School Administrator

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

Seamo Teare
Inclusion Lead

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.

Daisy Thomas
Senior Curriculum Tutor (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.

Hannah Brewer
Senior Curriculum Tutor (Tiverton)

I am a qualified primary teacher and have taught in mainstream primary settings and within Special Educational Needs schools. I have a passion for working so closely with young people and particularly being with them outside. I also have a background in fine art and therapeutic creative workshop’s.

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.

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.

Lee Smith
Pastoral Tutor (Tiverton)

I am a pastoral Tutor at Tiverton site. I have a background in Youth Work, Pastoral Care and Teaching. And am qualified in terms of Teaching, Coaching, Care,and Advice and Guidance. I like being in the Outdoors, Theatre and all things Football

Hannah Clark
Pastoral Tutor (Shillingford)

Hannah is a primary trained teacher and qualified youth worker with over ten years of experience working in mainstream and alternative settings. She loves travelling but is now firmly establishing her new Devon roots and most weekends she can be found exploring. Frequently spotted.on tours, beaches and the odd.music venue.

Dave Kell
Pastoral Tutor (Shillingford)
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.

Debbie Ley
Behaviour Support Worker (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!

Georgia Banks
Behaviour Support Worker

Georgia 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.

Rachael Dale
Behaviour Support Worker (Shillingford)

I’ve been working in the special education field since leaving college myself, currently doing a Psychology degree part time. My favourite things are walking on the moor with the dogs, playing guitar, film photography and camping in my van!

Jake Ward
Behaviour Support Worker / Designated Safeguarding Lead (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

Simon Gill
Behaviour Support Worker (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.

Karen Callus
1:1 Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)
Julia Gill
1:1 Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)
Merrily Kirton
Outdoor Learning Support Assistant (Shillingford)
Suzie Corkery
Enterprise Tutor
Eve Malster
Enterprise Support Worker

Eve has worked with children and families for two decades as a Forest School leader, toddler group leader, teacher, community worker and play worker. She has a BA in the Arts and training in a variety of Crafts, a long connection with facilitating Nature Connection/ Forest School and a background in Social Enterprise development. She is passionate about inspiring young people to find creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges and questions life brings to them.

Vicki Durant
Child & Family Support Worker

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.

Ashleigh Paddon
Speech & Language Therapist
Leone Ellis
Play Therapist

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

Tobin Broadbent
BSL Tutor
Laura Brown
Communication Support Worker
Alaska Trotman
1:1 Learning Support Assistant

I am a qualified secondary teacher with a background in outdoor and environmental education. I am passionate about bringing the benefits of the outdoors to learners and embracing the learning opportunities it creates. In my free time I enjoy acroyoga, coastal walks, foraging and painting.

Meg Williams
1:1 Learning Support Assistant

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.

Paula Wilkins

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.

Maxeen Hatch
1:1 Learning Support Assistant

My role is to support one of the learners in Tiverton. Previously I have worked with children with autism and multi-sensory impairments within special needs school settings and in the community. In my free time I enjoy walking and crafts, anything from colouring to making quilts.

Iwan Keirle
1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Lizzie Peberdy
1:1 Learning Support Asssitant
Jayne Whitfield
1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Joolz Doncaster
Outdoor Learning Support Assistant
Jordain Lewis
Pastoral Tutor
Mark Hancock
1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Mike Summers
Behavioural Support Worker
Neil Martin
Forest School Training Instructor
Stephen Forrest
Curriculum Tutor
Tom Goldsmith
1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Sam Rowley
Rewards Tutor

Hey, I’m Sam and I work as an Enrichment Tutor for The Outdoors School. My aim with enrichment 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. I trained as a Primary School teacher and have always been passionate about working outdoors and nurturing the next generation of learners . I love being surrounded by nature and in the next five years hope to climb Mont Blanc.


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