Kay Wood introduces you to the founding members of staff

Below you will find details about the staff who will help to establish The Swan School as an excellent school. All of the them have been appointed because they share our vision for a school that allows all students to be happy, achieve and become the very best version of themselves.

Founding staff

Kay has had more than a decade’s experience working in high-performing state schools in London.

Her most recent senior leadership role was as Vice Principal at The City Academy, Hackney, where she led on teaching and learning.  Before that she was Assistant Headteacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School where responsibilities included pastoral structures, whole school literacy and numeracy, and intervention strategies.

Kay read geography at Christ Church, Oxford.

James MacNaughton is a maths teacher and Tottenham supporter who is currently assistant head at Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Hackney. The 29-year-old is familiar with Oxford, having studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at St Catherine’s College between 2007 and 2010.

James, who completed an MA in leadership in 2016, said he was attracted to The Swan role because of “the amazing challenge of starting a new school from scratch and making sure it is world class”.

Mike is a PE teacher who is currently a senior member of staff at Wheatley Park. He studied in Chichester. His big passions are his family and cricket. He says of The Swan: “It has a truly amazing vision and I am 100% behind believing that all young people can be successful. The opportunity to build from the ground up is also a rare opportunity. I am so excited to see the school grow over the coming years.”

Harriet studied at Exeter and SOAS in London. She says of The Swan: “I am very excited about setting up the English Faculty at The Swan School. Kay Wood’s clear vision for the highest academic standards and aspirations for all students, combined with an emphasis on respect, hard work, independence, resilience and, most importantly, kindness, is truly inspiring. I am looking forward to drawing on my experiences of teaching in highly academic schools, in shaping a rich and stimulating curriculum that is challenging, and yet accessible.”

John is a maths and computer science teacher who studied at Southampton.

Jess is a Lancaster University ecology graduate who sees her role at The Swan as: “Working with a founding team of staff, students and parents to build a brilliant school where students thrive regardless of prior experiences of learning.”

She is in a local samba drumming band and loves the theatre, open water swimming, hiking and travelling. She has been in several choirs and also plays the piano and ukulele. I used to be a county swimmer

But her biggest passion is the environment and wildlife, and a desire to protect them. She became a teacher to try to ensure that future generations would be inspired to protect the planet.

Rob is an Oxford Brookes University graduate who will be teaching history, geography and RE. He says: “As a humanities teacher my guiding principle is to provide students access to a curriculum which is relevant, not relatable. We must always strive to take students out of their comfort zones and widen their knowledge and experience of their world.”

Veronique is a Nottingham graduate who will be teaching French. She says: “I am delighted to have a blank canvas upon which to design the curriculum and to set up international links for a thriving language department.”

Katrina will be teaching music and art. She studied at the University of Sussex.