Headteacher – Jo Halliday
I became a science teacher after spending 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry and took up my first teaching post in Oxfordshire in 2001, after completing the PGCE at Oxford University. I joined Theale Green School as Headteacher in September 2018, having brought up my own children through local West Berkshire schools. I am a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, and a Trustee for Get Berkshire Active, which reflects my belief in the power of physical activity to support every aspect of well-being, especially in children. Our mission – “Theale Green School is the School of choice in our community” – is what drives us to provide the very best education for our students and to support the next generation in being hopeful, aspirational and positive about their futures. We place a high value on our relationship with our community, knowing that together we are developing our leaders of the future.
Deputy Headteacher – Charlotte Badarello
I know the difference a great teacher can have on shaping people’s lives, and how education can enable dreams to become a reality. I graduated from the University of Bristol and completed my Masters before starting my career in finance. I subsequently retrained as a maths teacher, spending 10 years at a school in West London, before relocating back to Berkshire. I joined Theale Green School in 2019 as Deputy Headteacher and lead on curriculum, assessment and outcomes. This is my third school and I love the sense of community and purpose that resonates throughout the school. Every student and member of staff is treated as an individual, and these strong connections create well-rounded individuals which is what makes this such a special school. I feel very fortunate to be part of this rapidly improving school and the place it holds in the local community.
Assistant Headteacher – Sam Cartland
Having completed my initial teacher training at Theale Green School in 2007, I joined as teacher of dance in 2008 after leading two departments in my NQT year. Over the years I have had a number of departmental, pastoral and whole school responsibilities, alongside teaching a variety of subjects including dance, computer science and food technology. In 2018, I became Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I am passionate about integrated pastoral care, removing barriers to learning and encouraging students to find their sense of purpose to fulfil their full potential.
Assistant Headteacher – Peter Taplin
I studied Geography with Computing at Plymouth University and then decided to continue with my passion for geography by becoming a geography teacher. I completed my teacher training in 2006 and then took up my first teaching post at Theale Green School in 2007. Since then, I have worked in two other schools, returning to Theale Green School in 2016. My passion for geography is matched by my desire to innovate and evolve teaching and learning within my own practice and across the school. I firmly believe that high quality teaching and learning, coupled with passion for a subject, is the driving force to open up pathways and ignite student’s imagination!
Head of Sixth Form and Careers – Anne Richards
I graduated with a degree in Chemistry and followed that with a PhD in Chemistry from Cardiff University. I have worked in many academic settings around the world including post-doctoral research positions at University of California, Davis and the University of Hawaii (Oahu); assistant professor at TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas, and Melbourne, Australia.
Since returning to the UK, I have been teaching chemistry, a subject that is my passion, and was appointed as Head of Chemistry at Theale Green School in 2016. In 2018, I took up my current post as Head of Sixth form; a role that I find so rewarding, enjoyable, and at times, challenging. My goal, as Head of Sixth Form, is to ensure each individual student thrives, and achieves their academic and personal aspiration, and leaves our Sixth Form, as well-rounded, mature adults, with a promising future ahead.
SEN-CO and Designated Safeguard Lead – Linda Stevens
After spending several years working within the vinyl graphics industry supporting leading households names to rebrand and relaunch themselves, I made the career move into teaching. Firstly within the Further Education sector and then in 2006 into the Secondary sector. I am passionate about the rights and aspirations of young people with SEND and those who are vulnerable for any reason. I am a member of The West Berkshire Strategic SEND Partnership Board helping to drive forward positive change for all our young people, building on strengths and supporting in areas of need. Following the belief that building independence and making small incremental steps will enhance the quality of everyone’s daily life.