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Dave-Roberts-2022

Dave Roberts

Principal

We’re delighted to introduce you to our Headteacher, Dave Roberts, who brings a unique perspective and unwavering commitment to inclusivity at Forest Moor School.

Dave embarked on his educational career as a Chemistry Teacher, with a background in Criminology and Forensic Science. His early years were spent teaching in inner-city mainstream secondary comprehensive schools. What sets Dave apart is his personal journey—he was diagnosed with ADHD later in life, a factor that deeply influences his dedication to supporting those who may face challenges in accessing mainstream education.

Upon completing his Masters in Teaching & Learning, Dave transitioned into Pastoral leadership, discovering his innate passion for inclusivity and Trauma-Informed approaches to learning. His personal experiences have driven him to make a difference in the lives of students facing diverse challenges.

In 2018, Dave joined the Wellspring Academy Trust, where he played a pivotal role in establishing SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) schools in Leeds. His leadership, particularly in the areas of Behaviour, Safety, and Welfare, demonstrated his commitment to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Dave is currently pursuing a PhD in Recruitment and Retention of Special School staff, reflecting his passion for nurturing professionals within the Special School sector. His aim is to ensure that there is a consistent supply of high-quality staff capable of excelling in all facets of Special Schools.

In September 2022, Dave Roberts was appointed as the Headteacher of Forest Moor School. He takes immense pride in leading our dedicated and knowledgeable staff. With the support of the wider Trust and the unwavering positive regard of our staff, Forest Moor School stands as a place committed to best practices in inclusive education. 

Dave’s personal journey, marked by his late-life ADHD diagnosis, serves as a driving force behind his advocacy for those who may face barriers in accessing mainstream education. At Forest Moor School, Dave’s mission is to ensures that every child has the opportunity to be the best version of themselves, embracing diversity and inclusivity as core principles of our educational mission.

sarah-parker-walton

Sarah Parker-Walton

Assistant Principal (SENCO)

Sarah started her career in public house and retail management in and around the county of Dorset. After starting a family, she then worked for the ambulance service managing improvements to the service along with marketing.

At the age of 29, Sarah changed career and trained as a secondary science teacher starting in special educational needs and challenging mainstream schools. Sarah then moved to Bedale as a secondary science teacher delivering biology, chemistry and physics whilst contributing to the PE department after studying a sport science degree. Being passionate about developing young people’s personal skills and social and emotional preparation for post 16, Sarah led pastorally as Head of Year and teaching and learning as Head of General Studies in mainstream.

8 years ago, Sarah joined Forest Moor School as senior leadership and led changing the school culture to embrace relational practice and the understanding of supporting social and emotional development through current research. Sarah’s experience includes managing change in and out of education and extensive experience both pastorally and in teaching and learning. As SENCO Sarah’s passion is in understanding the needs of staff and pupils and empowering them to make progress both academically and equally socially and emotionally in preparation for life.

Ron-Crichton

Ron Crichton

Assistant Principal (Behaviour and Welfare)

Ron Crichton started his career in mainstream schools as a Teaching Assistant working in inner city Leeds school. During this time Ron attended Leeds University gaining a degree in Teaching and Learning (SEN).

Ron Crichton started with Wellspring Academy Trust in 2018 as a Teaching Assistant supporting students in the classroom. He was promoted to Care Team Leader when the new SEMH schools in Leeds opened in April 2019. As Care Team leader Ron supported the pastoral needs of the students transitioning to the new school setting.

Ron left his previous role as Care Team Leader and took up a role at Forest Moor School as therapeutic lead in February 2021. After the Academy Conversion in July 2021 Ron continued to support students as therapeutic lead until April when he took up post as Assistant Principal.

Ron is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice and was involved in supporting his previous school in gaining the Trauma Informed Schools award. This is something that he intends to Achieve at Forest Moor.

Alec-Scott

Alec Scott

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Alec started his path to teaching by studying for a degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching at York St. John University. Upon the completion of this degree, Alec progressed onto completing a Primary PGCE with PE specialism and was subsequently hired as a NQT at a large Junior School in the East Riding of Yorkshire where he progressed onto a Year Group Leader and the Assessment and Pupil Premium Lead.

It was in this role that Alec started to gain an interest in the holistic development of children and he completed a MA in Education whereby his thesis focussed on the SEMH Assessment and Development of Children from Socio-economic Deprivation. Following the completion of his Masters in Education, Alec moved to a large inner-city primary school where he was the curriculum leader. Alec’s continued interest in Socio-economic deprivation and SEMH development, has meant that he started to complete his Ed.D with a focus on Children’s Identity and the Impact of the Curriculum.

In April 2020, Alec moved to Forest Moor in the role of a KS3 teacher. In November of 2021, Alec was appointed as the Assistant Principal for Behaviour, Safety and Welfare on a temporary basis. In April 2022, Alec was successfully appointed as the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Forest Moor.

Colette Miller

C Miller

Colette Miller

Designated Safeguarding Lead & Family Support (DSL)

Hi, my name is Colette Miller and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Forest Moor, I have been working here for over a year now and prior to that worked at an SEMH school in Leeds for 6 years.

I have worked in SEMH for 18 years now but this is the first time in North Yorkshire. I made the move to Forest Moor to be part of their journey after becoming a Wellspring school and to learn all about how North Yorkshire works and what support they have to offer!

G Ashton

Gemma Ashton

Office Manager

Hi, my name is Gemma Ashton and I am the Office Manager at Forest Moor School. I came to Forest Moor in 2018, having worked for the Prison Service for 12 years.  I was interested in a career change and Forest Moor seemed like the perfect place. In my role as Office Manager I ensure that all policies and procedures are followed, oversee budgets, coordinate resources and support teachers and staff in their roles. 

 

Outside of my Forest Moor commitments, I am kept busy with my 2 children and Ralph the dog. I enjoy live music and festivals whenever I can.

Teaching Team

KS2

JO DRISCOLL

JO DRISCOLL

Ginnie Meggitt

Ginnie Meggitt

Link
TOM HUME

TOM HUME

KS3

Link
Mark Walter

Mark Walter

Link
Chris Plowright

Chris Plowright

Link
Dave Greenwood

Dave Greenwood

Link
Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton

Link
Georgina Lambley

Georgina Lambley

Link
HANNAH BARR

HANNAH BARR

KS4

Phil Tuplin

Phil Tuplin

PE
Link
Lauren Bowley

Lauren Bowley

English
Paul Bowden

Paul Bowden

Maths
Link
BRYONY ONIONS

BRYONY ONIONS

Food Technology
FREYA ATKINS

FREYA ATKINS

Outdoor Education
JACK THOMPSON

JACK THOMPSON

Outdoor Education
Link
SHAUN PAYNE

SHAUN PAYNE

Construction
Link
EDWARD WEBSTER

EDWARD WEBSTER

Art
MATT EVENS

MATT EVENS

Music

Support Staff

Office Staff

Nichola Ward

Nichola Ward

SEN Admin and Reception
EMILY WESTON

EMILY WESTON

Admin Assistant

KS2

SOPHIE HOWELL

SOPHIE HOWELL

General Teaching Assistant
LIZ SHAW

LIZ SHAW

General Teaching Assistant
HARRY HURREN

HARRY HURREN

Advanced Teaching Assistant

KS3

Link
CHELO BROUGH

CHELO BROUGH

General Teaching Assistant
TONI FINCHAM

TONI FINCHAM

General Teaching Assistant
LUKE FLANAGAN

LUKE FLANAGAN

Advanced Teaching Assistant
MAX MORREY

MAX MORREY

Trainee Teacher
Link
FRANCESCA QUINN

FRANCESCA QUINN

General Teaching Assistant
RAE ROBINSON

RAE ROBINSON

General Teaching Assistant
ELLIOTT ADDISON

ELLIOTT ADDISON

General Teaching Assistant

KS4

CHARLES ACHINAH-BOAMPONG

CHARLES ACHINAH-BOAMPONG

Advanced Teaching Assistant
ASH ASHFAQ

ASH ASHFAQ

Advanced Teaching Assistant
Link
KARA MANIAK

KARA MANIAK

Advanced Teaching Assistant
Link
DANIELLA TOPHAM

DANIELLA TOPHAM

Advanced Teaching Assistant
SERENA PORTER

SERENA PORTER

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Care Team

Link
KIRSTY BULL

KIRSTY BULL

KS2 Care Team Lead
Link
KIRA COMBE

KIRA COMBE

Care Team
Link
LOUISE HELEY

LOUISE HELEY

KS3 Care Team Lead
Link
LUKE NORCLIFFE

LUKE NORCLIFFE

Care Team
BEN TOPPER

BEN TOPPER

KS4 Care Team Lead
Link
JENNY DANCE

JENNY DANCE

Care Team - Attendance

School Dogs

louie-edit

Louie

Louie is a 9 year old Labrador who has been working in SEMH schools for the past 4 years. Louie originally started working at Springwell Leeds where he met Oscar and they have both found themselves working at Forest Moor School.

Louie lives with Mr Roberts and his two favourite things are being read to whilst lying on a sofa (or a child) and doing taxi duty to see everyone arrive. Louie works most Monday’s, Thursdays, Friday’s and car shares with Oscar.

oscar

Oscar

Oscar is an 8 year old Labrador. He has been working in SEMH for 4 years. Oscar started going to Springwell Leeds with Mrs Crichton where he met Louie. Since then Louie and Oscar have been friends so it is nice that they are back working in the same school.

 Most weeks Oscar is in school on a Wednesday and Friday.

Oscar’s favourite things to do in school are walks in the woods and eating out of bins (which he is not allowed to do). Oscar also likes to meet and greet the students when they come to the main office.

Islay

Islay

Islay is a 1 year old Black Labrador Retriever who has worked at Forest Moor from when she was 4 months old. She loves going out for walks on the school site with pupils and running around the school fields. She has lots of energy but can also be found at times, sitting quietly on a sofa whilst being read to by pupils.

Islay lives with Mr Plowright and comes into school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Islay is always up for a game of fetch or a cuddle on the floor (or sofa).

dobbie-nigel

Dobbie-Nigel

Dobby-Nigel is a 5 year-old cocker spaniel cross lurcher.

Dobby tends to come to school on Wednesday and Friday but does make special appearances on other days if he knows we will be going for a long walk!

Dobby loves coming to Forest Moor, he particularly enjoys playing fetch at lunchtime with the students. He also enjoys DEAR time where he falls asleep to all the wonderful stories.

boo

Boo

Boo is a six year old Border Collie. She is black, white and brown. She normally is in school on Thursdays.

Boo absolutely loves coming to school to play ball with all the children. She really enjoys taxi time and giving cuddles and kisses to the students as they arrive in school.

She loves going for walks around the school site.

Duncan-Curley-Dance

Duncan Curley-Dance

Duncan Curley-Dance turned one year old on the 3rd of June 2023 (Gemini). Duncan is a miniature dachshund, but he identifies as a cat.

Duncan first started working at Forest Moor School when he was just three months old, so he is fairly new to his role as a therapy dog, however Duncan has made tremendous progress and this has been noted in his Performance Management meeting.

Duncan resides with Miss Dance, he rules the roost and he keeps Miss Dance in line at home and at work.

In school Duncan hangs out with Isla (Mr Plowright’s Labrador). Isla and Duncan both enjoy running around, chasing each other, and we believe that they are in love.

Duncan enjoys spending time in class with the children, but he does not like maths. Duncan loves being cuddled or being sung to, he will howl!
You will see Duncan in school on Wednesday and Friday, please come and say hello, just remember Duncan is very small and we are all giants, so please approach him slowly and if you can go down onto your knees to introduce yourself. I warn you, he does lick!

Senior Team

Dave-Roberts-2022

Dave Roberts

Principal

We’re delighted to introduce you to our Headteacher, Dave Roberts, who brings a unique perspective and unwavering commitment to inclusivity at Forest Moor School.

Dave embarked on his educational career as a Chemistry Teacher, with a background in Criminology and Forensic Science. His early years were spent teaching in inner-city mainstream secondary comprehensive schools. What sets Dave apart is his personal journey—he was diagnosed with ADHD later in life, a factor that deeply influences his dedication to supporting those who may face challenges in accessing mainstream education.

Upon completing his Masters in Teaching & Learning, Dave transitioned into Pastoral leadership, discovering his innate passion for inclusivity and Trauma-Informed approaches to learning. His personal experiences have driven him to make a difference in the lives of students facing diverse challenges.

In 2018, Dave joined the Wellspring Academy Trust, where he played a pivotal role in establishing SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) schools in Leeds. His leadership, particularly in the areas of Behaviour, Safety, and Welfare, demonstrated his commitment to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Dave is currently pursuing a PhD in Recruitment and Retention of Special School staff, reflecting his passion for nurturing professionals within the Special School sector. His aim is to ensure that there is a consistent supply of high-quality staff capable of excelling in all facets of Special Schools.

In September 2022, Dave Roberts was appointed as the Headteacher of Forest Moor School. He takes immense pride in leading our dedicated and knowledgeable staff. With the support of the wider Trust and the unwavering positive regard of our staff, Forest Moor School stands as a place committed to best practices in inclusive education. 

Dave’s personal journey, marked by his late-life ADHD diagnosis, serves as a driving force behind his advocacy for those who may face barriers in accessing mainstream education. At Forest Moor School, Dave’s mission is to ensures that every child has the opportunity to be the best version of themselves, embracing diversity and inclusivity as core principles of our educational mission.

sarah-parker-walton

Sarah Parker-Walton

Assistant Principal (SENCO)

Sarah started her career in public house and retail management in and around the county of Dorset. After starting a family, she then worked for the ambulance service managing improvements to the service along with marketing.

At the age of 29, Sarah changed career and trained as a secondary science teacher starting in special educational needs and challenging mainstream schools. Sarah then moved to Bedale as a secondary science teacher delivering biology, chemistry and physics whilst contributing to the PE department after studying a sport science degree. Being passionate about developing young people’s personal skills and social and emotional preparation for post 16, Sarah led pastorally as Head of Year and teaching and learning as Head of General Studies in mainstream.

8 years ago, Sarah joined Forest Moor School as senior leadership and led changing the school culture to embrace relational practice and the understanding of supporting social and emotional development through current research. Sarah’s experience includes managing change in and out of education and extensive experience both pastorally and in teaching and learning. As SENCO Sarah’s passion is in understanding the needs of staff and pupils and empowering them to make progress both academically and equally socially and emotionally in preparation for life.

Ron-Crichton

Ron Crichton

Assistant Principal (Behaviour and Welfare)

Ron Crichton started his career in mainstream schools as a Teaching Assistant working in inner city Leeds school. During this time Ron attended Leeds University gaining a degree in Teaching and Learning (SEN).

Ron Crichton started with Wellspring Academy Trust in 2018 as a Teaching Assistant supporting students in the classroom. He was promoted to Care Team Leader when the new SEMH schools in Leeds opened in April 2019. As Care Team leader Ron supported the pastoral needs of the students transitioning to the new school setting.

Ron left his previous role as Care Team Leader and took up a role at Forest Moor School as therapeutic lead in February 2021. After the Academy Conversion in July 2021 Ron continued to support students as therapeutic lead until April when he took up post as Assistant Principal.

Ron is passionate about Trauma Informed Practice and was involved in supporting his previous school in gaining the Trauma Informed Schools award. This is something that he intends to Achieve at Forest Moor.

Alec-Scott

Alec Scott

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Alec started his path to teaching by studying for a degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching at York St. John University. Upon the completion of this degree, Alec progressed onto completing a Primary PGCE with PE specialism and was subsequently hired as a NQT at a large Junior School in the East Riding of Yorkshire where he progressed onto a Year Group Leader and the Assessment and Pupil Premium Lead.

It was in this role that Alec started to gain an interest in the holistic development of children and he completed a MA in Education whereby his thesis focussed on the SEMH Assessment and Development of Children from Socio-economic Deprivation. Following the completion of his Masters in Education, Alec moved to a large inner-city primary school where he was the curriculum leader. Alec’s continued interest in Socio-economic deprivation and SEMH development, has meant that he started to complete his Ed.D with a focus on Children’s Identity and the Impact of the Curriculum.

In April 2020, Alec moved to Forest Moor in the role of a KS3 teacher. In November of 2021, Alec was appointed as the Assistant Principal for Behaviour, Safety and Welfare on a temporary basis. In April 2022, Alec was successfully appointed as the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Forest Moor.

Colette Miller

C Miller

Colette Miller

Designated Safeguarding Lead & Family Support (DSL)

Hi, my name is Colette Miller and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Forest Moor, I have been working here for over a year now and prior to that worked at an SEMH school in Leeds for 6 years.

I have worked in SEMH for 18 years now but this is the first time in North Yorkshire. I made the move to Forest Moor to be part of their journey after becoming a Wellspring school and to learn all about how North Yorkshire works and what support they have to offer!

G Ashton

Gemma Ashton

Office Manager

Hi, my name is Gemma Ashton and I am the Office Manager at Forest Moor School. I came to Forest Moor in 2018, having worked for the Prison Service for 12 years.  I was interested in a career change and Forest Moor seemed like the perfect place. In my role as Office Manager I ensure that all policies and procedures are followed, oversee budgets, coordinate resources and support teachers and staff in their roles. 

 

Outside of my Forest Moor commitments, I am kept busy with my 2 children and Ralph the dog. I enjoy live music and festivals whenever I can.

Teaching Team

KS2

JO DRISCOLL

JO DRISCOLL

Ginnie Meggitt

Ginnie Meggitt

Link
TOM HUME

TOM HUME

KS3

Link
Mark Walter

Mark Walter

Link
Chris Plowright

Chris Plowright

Link
Dave Greenwood

Dave Greenwood

Link
Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton

Link
Georgina Lambley

Georgina Lambley

Link
HANNAH BARR

HANNAH BARR

KS4

Phil Tuplin

Phil Tuplin

PE
Link
Lauren Bowley

Lauren Bowley

English
Paul Bowden

Paul Bowden

Maths
Link
BRYONY ONIONS

BRYONY ONIONS

Food Technology
FREYA ATKINS

FREYA ATKINS

Outdoor Education
JACK THOMPSON

JACK THOMPSON

Outdoor Education
Link
SHAUN PAYNE

SHAUN PAYNE

Construction
Link
EDWARD WEBSTER

EDWARD WEBSTER

Art
MATT EVENS

MATT EVENS

Music

Support Staff

Office Staff

Nichola Ward

Nichola Ward

SEN Admin and Reception
EMILY WESTON

EMILY WESTON

Admin Assistant

KS2

SOPHIE HOWELL

SOPHIE HOWELL

General Teaching Assistant
LIZ SHAW

LIZ SHAW

General Teaching Assistant
HARRY HURREN

HARRY HURREN

Advanced Teaching Assistant

KS3

Link
CHELO BROUGH

CHELO BROUGH

General Teaching Assistant
TONI FINCHAM

TONI FINCHAM

General Teaching Assistant
LUKE FLANAGAN

LUKE FLANAGAN

Advanced Teaching Assistant
MAX MORREY

MAX MORREY

Trainee Teacher
Link
FRANCESCA QUINN

FRANCESCA QUINN

General Teaching Assistant
RAE ROBINSON

RAE ROBINSON

General Teaching Assistant
ELLIOTT ADDISON

ELLIOTT ADDISON

General Teaching Assistant

KS4

CHARLES ACHINAH-BOAMPONG

CHARLES ACHINAH-BOAMPONG

Advanced Teaching Assistant
ASH ASHFAQ

ASH ASHFAQ

Advanced Teaching Assistant
Link
KARA MANIAK

KARA MANIAK

Advanced Teaching Assistant
Link
DANIELLA TOPHAM

DANIELLA TOPHAM

Advanced Teaching Assistant
SERENA PORTER

SERENA PORTER

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Care Team

Link
KIRSTY BULL

KIRSTY BULL

KS2 Care Team Lead
Link
KIRA COMBE

KIRA COMBE

Care Team
Link
LOUISE HELEY

LOUISE HELEY

KS3 Care Team Lead
Link
LUKE NORCLIFFE

LUKE NORCLIFFE

Care Team
BEN TOPPER

BEN TOPPER

KS4 Care Team Lead
Link
JENNY DANCE

JENNY DANCE

Care Team - Attendance

School Dogs

louie-edit

Louie

Louie is a 9 year old Labrador who has been working in SEMH schools for the past 4 years. Louie originally started working at Springwell Leeds where he met Oscar and they have both found themselves working at Forest Moor School.

Louie lives with Mr Roberts and his two favourite things are being read to whilst lying on a sofa (or a child) and doing taxi duty to see everyone arrive. Louie works most Monday’s, Thursdays, Friday’s and car shares with Oscar.

oscar

Oscar

Oscar is an 8 year old Labrador. He has been working in SEMH for 4 years. Oscar started going to Springwell Leeds with Mrs Crichton where he met Louie. Since then Louie and Oscar have been friends so it is nice that they are back working in the same school.

 Most weeks Oscar is in school on a Wednesday and Friday.

Oscar’s favourite things to do in school are walks in the woods and eating out of bins (which he is not allowed to do). Oscar also likes to meet and greet the students when they come to the main office.

Islay

Islay

Islay is a 1 year old Black Labrador Retriever who has worked at Forest Moor from when she was 4 months old. She loves going out for walks on the school site with pupils and running around the school fields. She has lots of energy but can also be found at times, sitting quietly on a sofa whilst being read to by pupils.

Islay lives with Mr Plowright and comes into school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Islay is always up for a game of fetch or a cuddle on the floor (or sofa).

dobbie-nigel

Dobbie-Nigel

Dobby-Nigel is a 5 year-old cocker spaniel cross lurcher.

Dobby tends to come to school on Wednesday and Friday but does make special appearances on other days if he knows we will be going for a long walk!

Dobby loves coming to Forest Moor, he particularly enjoys playing fetch at lunchtime with the students. He also enjoys DEAR time where he falls asleep to all the wonderful stories.

boo

Boo

Boo is a six year old Border Collie. She is black, white and brown. She normally is in school on Thursdays.

Boo absolutely loves coming to school to play ball with all the children. She really enjoys taxi time and giving cuddles and kisses to the students as they arrive in school.

She loves going for walks around the school site.

Duncan-Curley-Dance

Duncan Curley-Dance

Duncan Curley-Dance turned one year old on the 3rd of June 2023 (Gemini). Duncan is a miniature dachshund, but he identifies as a cat.

Duncan first started working at Forest Moor School when he was just three months old, so he is fairly new to his role as a therapy dog, however Duncan has made tremendous progress and this has been noted in his Performance Management meeting.

Duncan resides with Miss Dance, he rules the roost and he keeps Miss Dance in line at home and at work.

In school Duncan hangs out with Isla (Mr Plowright’s Labrador). Isla and Duncan both enjoy running around, chasing each other, and we believe that they are in love.

Duncan enjoys spending time in class with the children, but he does not like maths. Duncan loves being cuddled or being sung to, he will howl!
You will see Duncan in school on Wednesday and Friday, please come and say hello, just remember Duncan is very small and we are all giants, so please approach him slowly and if you can go down onto your knees to introduce yourself. I warn you, he does lick!