Our Assistant Headteacher, Jake, is responsible for the Lower School (Years 3 – 8). Find out more about why he’s looking forward to being part of the team:
- Tell us a bit about your background…
Cambridge is my home-city and, even after time away studying in Loughborough and playing cricket in Australia, I have always found myself gravitating back. After completing my PGCE focusing on Primary Years at the University of Cambridge, I began my career in a local mainstream primary school before working with children who have special educational needs, including autism. For the past six years, I have been the Department Lead for Early Years and Primary Years at Highfield Ely Academy, focusing on supporting children with special educational needs. I’m looking forward to continuing this work at The Cavendish School.
- How did you get started with your current work?
After returning from my cricket tour in Australia, I was informally approached to cover a class at The Castle School in Cambridge, working with children who had special educational needs, and have not looked back since. Having a positive impact on the lives of autistic students is a real passion of mine.
- What challenges have you previously faced?
Having a young family, there is a constant challenge to strike a balance between personal and professional sides of life. To be an excellent father, husband, teacher and leader is something that I strive for daily.
- What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments?
Raising my two wonderful children.
- What inspires you?
To influence and develop social equality, equity and opportunity, wherever I can, through my actions and leadership.
- What are you currently focusing on?
My current focus is the transition between my role at Highfield, to ensure I leave the Academy in the best possible shape, whilst preparing for the exciting future at The Cavendish School. I can’t wait to get started and for the school to open later this year! It is also cricket season so you can guess what I will be doing in my spare time!