We have the following Specialist Leaders of Education as part of our Teaching School, however we can access a network of additional SLEs through the Norfolk wide register.

Phil Hookway

I have been teaching Science for approximately 12 Years and have knowledge of being a curriculum leader at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.  I have experience in delivering combined Science and Triple Science, AS Level Physics, AS Level Biology, A Level Science in Society and A  Level Applied Science.  My area of expertise is raising science standards, science curriculum design and supporting science departments through times of change.


George Walker

I have been a Teacher of English, Media and Film for 11 years and a Curriculum Leader in the English Department at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form for five years. I have a particular interest in the use of formative and summative assessment, differentiation and Flipped Learning.


Nadia Allen

I have led the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics department at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form for 13 years and worked as a Lead Practitioner for the SSAT with a focus on RE too. I also deliver CPD with broader whole school issues, particularly in my current role as “Specialist Lead, Teaching and Learning”. During my 18 years of experience in teaching I have developed a range of skills and knowledge in my curriculum area and beyond.

At the moment my interest is in current education research, in particular how children learn and retain knowledge as well as how positive psychology can improve behaviour and progress in the classroom.


Kate Woodcock

I worked in the Early Year sector within various roles for 6 years

I have been employed as a Teacher of Health and Social Care at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form since 2008. I coordinate all vocational BTEC courses in the school entry- Level 3 for 11 different subject areas, most of which I have assisted staff in starting. I am the Programme Manager for Children’s Play, Learning and Development and manage the GCSE Child Development for the school.

In addition, I am a Standards Verifier for BTEC moderating coursework and placement portfolios.


Justin Higgins

I am currently the Curriculum Leader – IT and Computing at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form. I have 13 years of experience of being a Head of Department and Curriculum Leader for ICT and Computing.

Additionally, I am a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and have a love of trying out new ideas and technology.


Nicola Best

I have been a teacher of Geography and Environmental Science for 15 years, and a Curriculum Leader in the Geography Department at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form for 8 years. My area of expertise is quality first teaching and the use of flipped learning.


For an application form, click HERE

For further information on the role of the SLE and how to access SLE support, click HERE

Please click HERE for the Department of Education’s guide for potential applicants