Our people

Meet the staff at Fen Rivers

Class Teams

Primary Classes 2023 – 2024

Foxes (Years 1/2)

Kirsty Foy – Class Teacher
Vicky Taylor – Teaching Assistant
Vacancy – Teaching Assistant

 

Hedgehogs (Year 3)

Bethany Leech – Class Teacher
Ellie Bennington – Teaching Assistant (Rebound Therapist Level 3)
Charlotte Hall – Teaching Assistant

 

Koalas (Year 4)

Rebecca Ford – Class Teacher
Chloe Appleby – Teaching Assistant
Kamile Maciute – Teaching Assistant

 

Tigers (Year 5)

Rachel Skinner – Class Teacher
Charmain Williams – Teaching Assistant
Vacancy – Teaching Assistant

 

Dolphins (Year 6)

Jack Curl – Class Teacher
Gemma Russell – Teaching Assistant
Ryan Hugo – Teaching Assistant

 

 

Secondary Classes 2023-24

Year 7

Mike Mallett – Class Teacher
Olivia Galley – Teaching Assistant
Zoe Mavis – Teaching Assistant

 

Year 8

Brandi Cole – Class Teacher / Head of Food Technology
Ethan Webb – Teaching Assistant (Rebound Therapist Level 3)
Mark White – Teaching Assistant
Thelma Ventura – Teaching Assistant

 

Year 9

Rachel Howard – Class Teacher / English Lead Secondary
Amanda Holland – Teaching Assistant
Steph Watling – Teaching Assistant

 

Year 10

Amy Sparks – Class Teacher / Head of Art / IT
Jodie Demidh – Teaching Assistant
Jonathan Middleton – Teaching Assistant

 

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Team

Hayley Clifton
Jodie Demidh
Teagan Burr
Chloe Appleby

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rachel Good MHFA (Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner) Team Teach Trainer
Advocates for Children and Families / Therapeutic Team

Judith Henson MHFA  (Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner)
Clarissa Green MHFA (Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner)
Teagan Burr MHFA
Emma Saw MHFA (Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner)
Vanessa Dean

Therapeutic Team

Rachel Good DSL / Therapy Team Leader / SLT

Judith Henson MHFA   / Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner

Clarissa Green MHFA / Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner

Teagan Burr MHFA
Emma Saw MHFA / Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner

Vanessa Dean 

Admin Team

Geraldine Jaz – School Administrator, Primary

Heidi Leggett – School Administration Manager, Secondary

Site Manager: Paul Parker

Advocates

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Rachel Good – Health, Safety and Wellbeing Lead / MHFA / Staff Governor /BA (Hons)

Judith Henson – Advocate / DDSL / Rights Respecting Schools Lead / Staff Wellbeing Champion / Trauma Informed Practitioner / MHFA / Anti-Bullying Lead

Clarissa Green – Advocate / DDSL / MHFA /BSc (Hons) 

Teagan Burr – Advocate

Vacancy – Advocate

Leadership Team

Amanda Fewkes
Head Teacher

Amanda Fewkes, Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Mental Health First Aider / Senior Mental Health Lead 

MA, BSC (Hons), PGCE, Postgrad Diploma Education, NPQH, MCCT, FCCT, MHFA, YMHFA TMHIP

I have worked in education for 29 years, 19 of those in educational leadership. During this time I have taught from Early Years Foundation Stage children to Secondary age children and enjoy the challenges that each age and stage brings.

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I worked as a SENCO for 15 years, as well as leading as Headteacher in two previous schools, before joining Fen Rivers three and a half years ago.  During this time I served as a Chair of Governors in a Primary school as well as being on the PGCE Management Committee at UEA and supporting with Safeguarding as part of Safer Recruitment of PGCE Students. I am also a Mental Health and Youth Mental Health First Aider and a Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching and have recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practice. I have previously been a governor of a local primary school, firmly believing in giving something back.

I am a passionate advocate for positive mental health and wellbeing, firmly believing that my staff team and the pupils we serve will all thrive and achieve great things if we care for their wellbeing and they are able to be their authentic selves; feeling seen, heard and held in mind. I have, this year completed Masters Level study in Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools, as well as in therapeutic and trauma informed practice and a Post Graduate Level 7 Certificate in Careers Leadership. This school year I am part of the new NPQEL (National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders) cohort of leaders.

James Thompson
Deputy Head

James Thompson, Deputy Headteacher / DDSL / MHFA

BSC (Hons), PGCE / MHFA / TMHIP

After finishing my degree at Sheffield Hallam University and completing my teacher training, I began my career as a Physical Education teacher in a secondary school.

I am a strong believer in the power of leading a healthy and active lifestyle and have witnessed first-hand the benefits that this can have for our young people, physically, socially and mentally.

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As a practitioner, I am keen to maximise creative learning opportunities, including practical Maths, outdoor teambuilding and also the building of core life skills and communication. I am passionate about unlocking the best in our children and supporting them on their journeys towards becoming confident, thoughtful, valued members of society.

As a leader, I am focused on supporting the wellbeing and continuous professional development of our team by providing tailored, evidence-based CPD, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of our students and teachers. I joined the team at The Fen Rivers Academy in 2019 and have recently begun studying for my National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Jodie Reedman
Assistant Head

Jodie Reedman, Assistant Headteacher / SENCo / Staff Development / DDSL

BSC (Hons) QTS, NASENCO / MHFA

Since graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a first class honours in Primary Education with QTS and a diploma in Leading Primary Practice, I have taught in both mainstream and specialist settings across the age-range from foundation stage/KS1 to KS4; teaching pupils with MLD, PMLD and ASD.

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I have a passion for advocating for the rights of children with special educational needs and as such I completed The National Award for SEN Coordination in 2017. Since joining Fen Rivers in September 2020, I have worked as a KS2 class teacher, Staff Development Lead and in July 2021, was appointed as SENCO and Assistant Head. I am currently undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. I have recently qualified as a Level 7 Assessor, which qualifies me to carry out all the assessments for the exams access arrangements for our students.

I strive to ensure the very best outcomes for our pupils through working as a team with staff, pupils, parents and carers; viewing this as essential to pupil progress and well-being. It is no surprise, therefore, that the most rewarding part of my job is seeing our pupils succeed and taking pride in their successes and achievements.

Rachel Good
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rachel Good, Designated Safeguarding Lead / Therapeutic Team Leader / Careers Lead

BSc (Hons) MHFA / TMHIP

I was previously an Advocate and am now The Designated Safeguard Lead for The Fen Rivers Academy, in King’s Lynn. I am also a Mental Health First Aider and Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner. I also lead the Therapeutic Team.

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I am responsible for providing support for staff and students through 1:1 and small group targeted sessions that offer advice, guidance, practical help and mentoring to appropriately meet their needs. I am also the lead on recording data for behaviour including physical interventions and related health and safety incidents.

In my spare time, I am continuing with my Post Graduate studies in Youth and Childhood Studies as well as making memories of adventures with my young family and two naughty dachshunds. I am also undertaking a Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Careers Leadership this year as well as continuing therapeutic training. I also have a keen interest in further developing the therapeutic offer to students as part of my work.