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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 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

Mrs Victoria Howe – Assistant Head of Primary

Mrs Beth Elkins – Assistant Head of Secondary

Ms Clare Bailey – Head of Compliance

Ms Sally Smith – Assistant Head of Student Services

Mr Mark Arnold – Head of Care

Full Staff List

Office Manager Ms Cauchi
HR Administrator Ms O’Dell
Finance Manager Ms Scott
Annual Reviews Administrator Ms Story
Receptionist Ms Thomas
Research & Assessment Psychologist Mr McCombie
Marketing & Referrals Administrator Ms Lyles
Transition Teaching Assistant Ms Medeisiute
Facilities Manager Mr Denson
Caretaker Mr Walton
Assistant Caretaker Mr Harvey
Forest School Leader Mr Heslop
Forest School Assistant Ms Cox
Teacher Ms Beardmore
Form Tutor Ms Collier
Teacher Ms Easton
Form Tutor Ms Harrison
Teacher Ms Haworth
Teacher Ms Jia
Teacher Ms Khairdean
Teacher Ms Leach
Teacher Ms Mackrill
Teacher Mr Mahon
Teacher Ms McCran
Teacher Ms Neal
Key Stage Leader Ms Ntantira
Teacher Ms Patrick
Teacher Ms Porter
Teacher Mr Rowntree
Teacher Mr O’Brien
Teacher Mr Stone
Key Stage Leader Ms Taylor O’Farrell
Teacher Mr Udeh
Teacher Ms Warner
Key Stage Leader Mr Watkins
Tutor Mr Carr
6th Form Coordinator Ms Humann
Careers Coordinator Mr Chagger
Form Tutor Mr Adeyi
Behaviour & Welfare Co-ordinator Mr Greygoose
Form Tutor Mr Parnell
Form Tutor Ms Pennie
Form Tutor Mr Samworth
Form Tutor Ms Stevenson
Science Technician Ms Longworth
Teaching Assistant Ms Arnold
Teaching Assistant Ms Consoli
Teaching Assistant Ms Cox
Form Tutor Mr Brooks
Teaching Assistant Ms Porter
Teaching Assistant Ms Ison
Teaching Assistant Ms Shields
Teaching Assistant Mr Matthews
Teaching Assistant Ms Savino
Form Tutor Ms Fyffe-McFadden
Teaching Assistant Ms Kovalenko
Teaching Assistant Ms Gamble
Teaching Assistant Ms Welch
Teaching Assistant Ms Christie
Teaching Assistant Mr Lee
Teaching Assistant Ms Mynott
Teaching Assistant Ms Ellison
Teaching Assistant Ms Chiswell
Teaching Assistant Ms Mansfield
Teaching Assistant Ms Cox
Teaching Assistant Ms Young
Teaching Assistant Ms Fuller
Form Tutor Mr Thomas
Teaching Assistant Ms May
Teaching Assistant Mr Stephen
Teaching Assistant Ms Wilson
Teaching Assistant Mr Marriott Hall
Teaching Assistant Ms Ogilvie
Teaching Assistant Ms Maruzzi
Teaching Assistant Ms Olsen
Teaching Assistant Ms Giddings
Teaching Assistant Mr Jones
Teaching Assistant Mr O’Neil
Teaching Assistant Ms Robertson
Teaching Assistant Ms Roberts
Interventions Ms Villabos
Teacher Ms Isaacson
Pastoral Manager Ms Dopadlik
Teacher Ms Neal
Teaching Assistant Ms Lee
Behaviour Support Ms Tyler
Teaching Assistant Mr Crane

Teacher                                                         Mr Smith

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.

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