Our Team

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Staffing in the school includes qualified teachers, teaching assistants, administrative staff and business directors. We all work to achieve positive outcomes for our students.

School leadership

NikkiPNikki Purcell (B.Ed Hons)
Head Teacher
Nikki has been appointed as the first Headteacher of R.E.A.L. Independent Schools. She has a wealth of experience of teaching across all four key stages, both within mainstream and Special school education, and has successfully completed the Leadership Pathways Programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Her previous experience includes working in mainstream schools, a residential special school for learners with speech and communication difficulties and a Pupil Referral Unit, where she was Acting Head Teacher for several years before moving to REAL Education in 2010.
AlisonWAlison Wellings (B.Ed Hons)
Key Stage 2/ 3 Pastoral and Engagement Lead
Alison began working for Real Education in 2009 as a tutor, progressing to the learning manager role in 2010 before her recent appointment as KS2/3 Pastoral and Engagement Lead for the Independent school in 2013.As a qualified primary teacher she has many years experience in a mainstream and pupil referral environment. Her management experience began in 2007 when she successfully managed the M2M provision in Nottinghamshire, a team responsible for delivering individualised education programmes to KS2, 3 and 4 pupils. Alison has completed her level 2 Autism course and was a qualified MAPA trainer from 2006 – 2009.Presently, Alison is the designated safeguarding officer for KS2/3 of the Independent School.
MichelePMichelle Farr (BA Hons Primary Education, Autism Education Trust Training Level 3, Level 2 Safeguarding Children and Young People, Mental Health Awareness. Designated Person Training (Safeguarding Officer))
Key Stage 4 Learning and Achievement Lead

A trained teacher in Primary Education with a particular interest in safeguarding children and young people. Michelle has gained most of her experience working with young people who are hard to reach between the ages of 12 and 25 in a variety of settings. Michelle has previously worked with young people within youth and support services, the homelessness sector and within education.Since joining Real Education in 2010 Michelle has been involved in running the girls nurture group as well as being the Learning Manager for a cohort of Key Stage 4 learners. Michelle has experience in delivering a wide range of qualifications to learners with additional needs and supporting learners to make successful transitions to post 16 learning.Since being appointed as Key Stage 4 Learning and Achievement Lead within the Real Independent School, Michelle is now developing the curriculum at Key Stage 4. Michelle will ensure that all learners have the opportunity to engage in a bespoke and relevant curriculum that is tailored toward their individual needs and interests. All learners will have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications that will prepare them for further learning and life. Michelle is Level 3 qualified through The Autism Education Trust, is Level 2 qualified in Safeguarding and is the designated teacher for safeguarding. Michelle has a Train the Trainer qualification and takes a special interest in the CPD of staff. Michelle has undertaken lots of additional training including CAF training, C-Card, sexual health and mental health awareness training which support her in her role working with young people and their families.
JanMJan Mee (BA Hons in Human and Education, PGCE PCET in Distance Learning, Level 5 diploma in Mentoring)
Key Stage 4 Pastoral Lead
Jan has worked for REAL Education since January 2011, where she began working in her Learning Manager Capacity with key stage 4 learners. Jan has had extensive experience of working with dis-engaged and vulnerable young people during her educational career.
StaceyEStacey Edwards
Assessment And Reception Lead
Stacey has 12 years of experience supporting learners across key stages 2, 3 and 4 in a pupil referral unit. During this time her roles have included tutor, SENCo assistant, arranging and supporting transitions to and from mainstream schools and providing pastoral care to learners. Stacey has planned and delivered a variety of curriculum subjects and delivered assessments to learners across the key stages. She is currently enjoying the new challenges that her role as Assessment and Reception Co-ordinator have brought her.

Assessment and Reception Team

MicheleEMichele Evans (Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Specialist Teaching Assistant (Specialism in Literacy), MAPA, First Aid)
Reception and Assessment Team Assistant
Michele has 15 years experience working with learners of all abilities in KS1/2. Roles have involved supporting students with Aspergers, Autism and ADHD in a mainstream setting on a 1:1 basis and in the classroom. More recently Michele was involved in the day to day running of an Early Years Foundation Unit. Michele joined R.E.A.L in September 2014 as Referral and Assessment Team Assistant
JoanneLJoanne Leigh
Specialist Teaching Assistant
Joanne is one of our KS2/KS3 specialist teaching assistants, who has many years of experience of working with children in a variety of different settings. Joanne has even taken her passion for working with young people over to Ghana to work voluntarily in a primary school and help its development.

 KS4 Department

LindaWLinda Rigley (Level 4 Certificate in Education, University Diploma – Teaching English in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
PSHE Subject Lead

Linda has worked in education for almost fourteen years delivering English, art and personal development programmes to a range of learners with complex needs. In the past she has worked in hostels, pupil referral units, youth offending centres and mainstream college. Linda’s roles over the years have included additional support lecturer, personal development coordinator and one-to-one/group tutor. Linda has been working for REAL Education since November 2012; initially within the Key Stage 4 personalised programme and has recently become the subject lead for PHSCE. Linda also runs a small art and design group.
RachelLRachel Limbert
Literacy Subject Lead
Rachel has worked as a one-to-one tutor for R.E.A.L Education for the past 3 years. She joined the company at the beginning of 2011, after completing her English degree at Nottingham University. Whilst studying for her degree, Rachel did some voluntary work with young people who were experiencing reading difficulties in a local Nottingham School, and this is where her interest in this area stemmed from. She also spent two summers volunteering abroad in Ghana and Uganda, where she taught children of various ages about good sanitation practices, as well as some basic English. Rachel began her current role as KS4 Literacy Lead in September 2013, and spends the remained of her week working on literacy with KS4 and Post-16 students.
GenericMMarc Dean (MSc (Chemistry), PSHE)
Science Subject Lead
Marc has three years experience of working within a Pupil Referral Unit with Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 students and also teaching Maths and Science to GCSE level. Marc has lead a primary aged unit and is now Science Lead at REAL Independent Schools, with an emphasis on practical work that allows students to explore this exciting subject in an enjoyable way.
Jonathan King (MEng Hons Civil Engineering, PGCE Secondary Mathematics)
Mathematics Subject Lead
Jonathan began working for R.E.A.L Education in 2010 as a one-to-one tutor. He then spent a year qualifying as a mathematics teacher through Nottingham University and worked in mainstream education with Key Stage 3 and 4 students before returning to R.E.A.L Education in 2014 as a tutor delivering one-to-one and group sessions. In 2016 Jonathan was appointed as the mathematics subject lead for the Independent School and currently spends much of his time delivering a range of mathematics qualifications to learners including Functional Skills, GCSE and A-Level.
Alex Edwards
Beth Farnsworth
Catherine Connolly

 KS2 and 3 Department

MattMMatthew McGuire (Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (UKNaric certified equivalent to UK Batchelor Degree) Autism Education Trust Level 2, MAPA)
Matt is a fully Qualified Primary School Teacher. He has been teaching for 8 Years now and has been lucky enough to have taught in a wide variety of schools. Matt has taught at Forest Fields, Langley Mill and Greensfields Primary here in Nottinghamshire. Matt is now the Lead Teacher for the Key Stage 2/3 Group at the Blidworth Hub as part of R.E.A.L Independent Schools.
AmandaLAmanda Lee
Specialist Teaching Assistant
Amanda has worked with learners with complex needs since 2007, when she worked as a Teaching Assistant within Oakdale Learning Centre (PRU). She then transferred to the Made to Measure Team, where she worked with learners on a 1:1 basis. Over the years she has supported learner to transition back into school, helped them improve their academic and social skills and has provided parents with advice on many issues. Amanda started working for REAL Education in 2010 and transferred to REAL Independent Schools in September 2013 as Specialist Teaching Assistant.
Amanda Sharp
Matthew Bird Specailist Teaching Assistant. (BA Hons, BSL Level 1, Autism Awareness Level 2)
Matthew started working for REAL in 2014 and he has over 10 years experience working with SEND students across the county and beyond. In the past he has been responsible for running the LEXIA reading programme for students who have difficulty with reading and reading comprehension. He also has vast experience working with young people who are hard of hearing and deaf.
Kate Storrs (CACHE level 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Apprenticeship – Level 3 Diploma for the children and young people’s workforce, Level 3 Autsim training, safe guarding training, First aid training, MAPA and Level 2 Food safety Hygiene) Specialist Teaching assistant.
Kate started work for REAL Education in 2012 as a 1:1 Tutor and befriender. She has worked across all key stages and delivered a variety of subjects to her learners, as well as supporting learners to transition back into schools.

 Admin Team

NormaSNorma Stain
School Administrator
Norma started work with REAL on 4 November 2013. Norma is based at the Blidworth Hub and covers all basic admin duties. Norma also monitors the attendance for on roll students in KS 2 & 3. Before working at REAL, Norma was employed at Derby Moor Community Sports College as a Behaviour / Attendance Administrator. Norma worked there for a number of years helping set up the Behaviour section, e.g. inclusion room / seclusion room and ended up working in the attendance office permanently and only covered detentions on the behaviour side. Before working at DMCSC Norma worked at Merrill College as an Attendance Officer. Prior to her time working in education she was employed in the Textile Trade after leaving school.
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