Mrs Laura Watkins
Director of Sixth Form and Assistant Principal
As Director of Sixth Form, I am responsible for the transition, progress and pastoral care of all those in Years 12 and 13. As well as my role in Key Stage 5 I am also a teacher of RS and Philosophy and Ethics.
My aim is to make sure that students flourish, enjoy their time in Sixth Form and are looking forward to a life beyond school. Central to this is ensuring that students meet or exceed their academic targets, develop relevant skills and gain valuable experiences for the next stage of their lives. I intend to stretch and challenge our students, intervene when they need more support, and provide extra-curricular opportunities that develop skills and broaden horizons.
Miss Samantha Bishop
Assistant Director of Sixth Form
I began teaching at Wyedean School in 2013 and have had experience in developing and supporting the Sixth Form since 2015. As well as my role within Sixth Form I am an experienced teacher of Design and Technology, specialising in Product Design. As Assistant Director of Sixth Form, my main responsibilities include supporting the Director of Sixth Form in the development of quality pastoral and PSHEE provision and interventions across Year 12 and 13. In my role, I aim to build on the ‘community feel’ of the Sixth Form by encouraging active involvement within the school and locality. I believe fostering creativity and collaboration within the cohort through the form of leadership groups to be a valuable experience. Providing enriching experiences through the tutorial programme will provide an insight into employability skills and will prepare students for life after Sixth Form.
Mrs Hannah Searle
Sixth Form Academic Mentor
I joined the Wyedean Sixth Form team in September 2018 in order to work alongside Maureen in providing both academic and pastoral support to year 12 and year 13 students.
As a qualified teacher I have taught English to students aged from 11 to 70, but spent the majority of my career teaching GCSEs and A levels in a local Sixth Form College. I have also been involved in voluntary youth work over the years as I love working with and supporting young people.
A significant part of my role at Wyedean is to work one-to-one with students in order to support them in improving their organisational and study skills, and managing their workload. I am available to provide a listening ear to students should they need to talk. As a team, as well as encouraging students to aim high, we are also committed to ensuring that they focus on their wellbeing.