Our Teaching Staff

Jordan Kelly

Principal
 
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, MA Educational Leadership and Innovation.

"It’s great to be returning to an area I grew up in, and to be part of a school that has such a modern outlook and an innovative educational philosophy. It really is a massive opportunity for the students and staff alike. I particularly like the way students are encouraged to think for themselves and their positive approach to challenges. They don’t give up easily – and that’s rare and special."

jordan.kelly
@route39.org.uk

Natasha Reeves

Director of Stretch, Teaching and Learning, Lead PE
BA (Hons) Sport and Human Movement Studies, MA RAICS (Raising Achievement in City Schools)

"I am immediately struck by the sense of community and the enthusiasm for learning ... the academy's particular approach to education has created real opportunities for students to develop in confidence and as individuals."

natasha.reeves
@route39.org.uk

Sally Scotting

Director of Challenge, Behaviour for Learning, Art

Leighton Tellem

Director of SEND
 

Jo Smith

Director of Mathematics
 
"I'm really passionate about maths and strongly believe that it shouldn't be taught as a dry subject, it should be alive and creative ... I was particularly attracted to Route 39 Academy because of how the school approaches learning - they have obviously thought a lot about how students learn and are putting it into practice. As a result, the students are keen, speak up and give their opinions."

jo.smith
@route39.org.uk

Caroline Kemp

Lead Teacher English and Humanities
"This is a really exciting new school. Project-based learning makes sense to me. Young people often struggle to see how skills and knowledge can be transferred between subjects. At Route 39 we link subjects and plan the curriculum as a team. There is a great atmosphere, with staff, students and parents all fully involved."

caroline.kemp
@route39.org.uk

Catherine Clawley

Lead Teacher STEM
"I find the project planning very interesting and exciting - especially with such a supportive staff team. Each project has the potential to bring out something different in every student. It's great to be allowed this creativity as a teacher."

catherine.clawley
@route39.org.uk

Dani Briggs

English and Humanities, Lead Oracy
"I'm thrilled to become a part of this impressive new school, which focuses on building strong relationships with students and its community, while educating in exciting and innovative ways. My previous experience teaching in Outback Australia was challenging and greatly rewarding and I suspect Route 39 Academy will be just the same."

dani.briggs
@route39.org.uk

Alex Boardman

Physical Education and Lead Practitioner IAG
"Because of the way the learning is organised at Route 39 Academy you really get to know the students inside out ... this really helps to build bridges and aids the learning process immensely."

alex.boardman
@route39.org.uk

Mags Parker

English and Humanities
I think there is huge potential in the ethos here, which focuses on small scale, personalised education, and so much more than ticking boxes and exam papers. This school also understands that learning takes many forms, should be fun, and doesn't happen in isolation.


mags.parker@route39.org.uk

Laura James

Mathematics
"At Route 39 Academy we are building up solid foundations, whilst adapting the learning to suit the individual. Lower ability students can focus on the skills and knowledge they will use and need. The higher ability students can progress quickly without endless repetition. I love the challenge and the team effort!"

laura.james
@route39.org.uk

Callum Johnson

STEM
"It has really struck me that Route 39 Academy is focused on building up skills in all areas, and developing all-round students. For instance, we encourage students to think for themselves, and to be curious and reflective. After all, teachers are a guide: we don’t carve the path, we just show students how to walk it." 

callum.johnson
@route39.org.uk

Raquel Carceles

Spanish
 
I am extremely happy and excited to be part of this school! I was able have a taste of it last July and I found out it was even better than I had imagined. I felt really welcome and the atmosphere and energy were fantastic!

raquel.carceles@route39.org.uk

Keri-Anne Pentecost

Music
"I find the concept of 'Learning Habits' inspirational and am already using new techniques to encourage students to think, connect and discuss their work. It makes a lot of sense. I'm looking forward to working with the students to develop and grow music within the school."

keri-anne.pentecost
@route39.org.uk

Sam Sansom

Coach
"I was struck straightaway by the general levels of happiness at the school ... If young people feel safe and confident, then academic achievement is far more likely to take place."

sam.sansom
@route39.org.uk

Emily Atkinson

Literacy
"The energy at Route 39 Academy is contagious; I am motivated daily by the innovation and creativity of both staff and students. I strongly admire the student-centred approach of the curriculum and the small class sizes are perfect for class focus and student wellbeing."

emily.atkinson
@route39.org.uk