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Our Team

At Gretton we have a staff team of dedicated committed professionals who endeavour to ensure that every student at Gretton experiences success, achieves their goals and is happy.

Every staff member at Gretton has an important part to play in the team approach that we recognise as instrumental in ensuring a happy learning environment.

Senior Leadership Team

Mr Ian Thorsteinsson – Principal

Ian Thorsteinsson

He joined Gretton in August 2018.  He has a long senior management history in special education, particularly in autism schools and services. He has even opened a school for autism in Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about delivering a strong, effective and well resourced provision, which is planned individually to ensure the best short-through to long-term outcomes.

Ms Zoe Kirby – Headteacher

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She holds a B. Ed (Hons) in Physical Education and Science  and  began her teaching  career in 2001 within mainstream secondary schools teaching students aged between 11 to 18 years old in both PE and Science at KS3, 4 and 5.

Zoe later qualified as a SENCo and, before joining Gretton School, was Deputy Head of a secure unit whose students had a variety of special educational needs including many with autism.  She joined Gretton School as Deputy Head Teacher in 2014 and was appointed Head Teacher in September 2016.  Zoe supported Tina Harris (then Principal) in 2015 in successfully obtaining NAS accreditation for Gretton.

Mrs Julie Myles – Deputy Headteacher

Julie Myles

Mrs Victoria Howe – Assistant Head of Primary

Victoria Howe

Mrs Beth Elkins – Assistant Head of Secondary

Beth Elkins

Ms Clare Bailey – Head of Compliance

Clare Bailey

Ms Sally Smith – Assistant Head of Student Services

Sally Smith

Mr Mark Arnold – Head of Care

Mark Arnold

To support our experienced team of leaders, teaching assistants, residential support workers and teachers we have a range of therapists as well as a behaviour support team and pastoral department. Our on-site therapy team includes Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Music, Drama and Art Therapists as well as an on-site Educational Psychologist.

Class Staff


Ms Sprange – Form Tutor


Mr Stone – Form Tutor


Mr Brooks – Form Tutor


Ms Collier & Ms Shields – Form Tutors


Ms Fyffe-McFadden – Form Tutor


Mr Smith – Form Tutor


Ms Olsen – Form Tutor


Ms Pennie – Form Tutor


Mr Stephens & Ms Ogilvie – Form Tutors


Mr Adeyi – Form Tutor


Ms May – Form Tutor


Mr O’Brien – Form Tutor


Mr Watkins – Form Tutor


Ms Beardmore – Form Tutor


Mr Thomas – Form Tutor

6th Form

Ms Humann – Coordinator

Mr Parnell – Form Tutor

Governing Body

Mr Aatif Hassan – Chairman
Cavendish Education was founded in 2013 by Aatif Hassan. Himself dyslexic, Aatif’s aim was simple, “to give others the chance to succeed against the odds and in the face of obstacles.”
Mr J Pickles – Finance Director
Jon supports Cavendish and its schools in all areas of financial management and planning.
Jon Pickles


Ms D Carr – Operations Director
Deb supports Cavendish and its schools in all areas of Safeguarding, compliance, complaints, HR, H&S, policies and accreditation.
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Deb Carr

 Mr S Aiano – Deputy Operations Director
Stephen supports the work of Cavendish in a number of areas including compliance, health and safety, INSET and planning.
Stephen Aiano
 Mrs G Doyle – Marketing Director
Gemma supports Cavendish Education and its schools in all areas of marketing, communications, PR and stakeholder management.
Gemma Doyle


Ms J Narowlansky – Head of Specialist Education & Wellbeing

Jessica’s role in Cavendish is to facilitate the development of the wider mission of the group; that the unique learning profiles of our students are understood, and that mental health and wellbeing is supported throughout the whole of the Cavendish community.

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To contact Cavendish Education, please:

Telephone: +44 (0) 203 696 5300
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Cavendish Education Ltd
14 Waterloo Place

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