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Mr T Bartlett- Principal
Tom grew up and went to school in the East Midlands where both his parents were teachers before training as a teacher of Drama and English at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating in 1983. After completing his induction year at an inner city primary school in London, and having always wanted to travel, Tom took up a teaching position in a small rural secondary school in Botswana in Southern Africa, and having initially only signed up for a two year contract, it was 17 years before he finally returned to the UK during this period Tom served as a Teacher of maths and English, as a National Schools Athletics Coach, he was Deputy Headteacher of two large boarding schools, a University Lecturer and a Headteacher of a rural community school for 5 years. Tom returned to the family home in West Oxfordshire in 2001 and taught in two Oxfordshire schools as a Head of Year and as a pastoral leader before joining Waingels in 2008 as a Vice Principal. At Waingels he has held responsibility for Staff Development and Teaching and Learning and was appointed as Principal in September 2016. Tom is a passionate advocate of community based comprehensive education, having spent his entire career covering four decades– both here and oversees - serving in state-funded community schools. He lives in West Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter.
Mrs A Sutton- Vice Principal
Amena was born and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, the southernmost islands of the West Indies. She then came to the UK for her university education, reading Zoology at the University of London and then completing PGCE and Master’s degrees at the University of Oxford. Amena returned to Trinidad and taught for four years there before returning to the UK. She taught at four state-funded community schools in Oxfordshire before joining Waingels in 2008. Amena has served in many different roles throughout her career – Head of Year, Head of Biology, Professional Tutor, Assistant Head for KS3, Deputy Head and now here as Vice Principal. During her time at Waingels, Amena has been responsible for assessment and the curriculum, staff development, initial teacher training and the sixth form and even had two years of writing the school timetable! Her current responsibility is for all aspects of teaching and learning, staff performance, welfare and development, initial teacher training and examinations. Amena believes strongly in the mantra that “every child matters but so does every member of staff”. Education is very much a partnership in which we all play a vital role to enhance the learning experiences of our children. In her spare time, Amena enjoys singing and is a very keen follower of cricket and tennis. She lives in Oxford with her husband and they have two grown-up sons.
Mr J Salberg- Vice Principal
John is the Vice Principal for raising standards of the schools Culture and Values with a focus on student welfare, well-being and behaviour. He is passionate about education and in creating the best learning environments, experiences and opportunities for all. He is driven to motivate the whole community to become actively engaged in the education of its students and their growth as individuals. John believes in and encourages a creative and innovative growth mind-set, creating a culture of success and excellence where we are all seeking to move forward in becoming the best that we can be. John started his career as a PE teacher before converting to Maths, but his love for sport remains and he is actively involved in a number of sports. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two sons.
Ms K Aggio- Assistant Principal
Katie was born and educated in London, moving to Reading to read English Literature at University. She graduated with a 2:1, with special commendation in Victorian Literature and 20th Century American Poetry. Katie began her teaching career at Waingels in 2002 and has held various positions, starting life as head of year 8, moving on to Head of Key Stage 5 and Holmes & Rowling houses. In 2009 she became Head of English and in 2013 joined the Senior Leadership team as an Assistant Principal, responsible for Key Stage 3 and transition. Katie has also served as a School Governor. Some of the highlights of Katie’s time at Waingels have been a teacher research project to Beijing in 2005, giving her the opportunity to visit and teach in schools in the city, compiling a report on Inclusion, and leading a year 8 camping leadership expedition to Buxton in 2007. Katie lives in Wokingham with her husband and son. In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing and collecting vintage magazines.
Mrs C Badarello- Assistant Principal
Charlotte grew up locally before graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1999. Charlotte spent time working in France before working in IT for BNP Paribas in London for several years. She then decided to re-train as a teacher and worked at a school in London for 10 years, in many roles and latterly as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She joined Waingels as Assistant Principal in January 2015 and has had leadership roles in many of the key areas in the school, presently leading on curriculum. Charlotte speaks French & Italian and lives in Wokingham with her husband where they are keen tennis players.
Mr G Sargen- Assistant Principal
Areas of responsibility: Assessment and Data. Graham’s role is to ensure that we have robust systems for monitoring and reporting progress. He believes that assessment should help identify areas for improvement; and that targets should support an ambition to achieve the best results possible for all our students.
Graham was educated at a rural comprehensive school in Suffolk before going to Cambridge University, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics. He then joined Barclays Bank’s Management Development Programme, soon transferring to their investment banking unit where he worked in mathematical finance. In 1999 he became a Director at TD Securities, the London branch of a Canadian Bank, in their Financial Markets Division.
He decided on a career change in 2005 and undertook teacher training at the Institute of Education, London. He taught at schools in Hertfordshire and North London, and was a Head of Science for over 5 years before joining Waingels in January 2016. He is married with two grown-up children.
Miss N Street- Assistant Principal and SENCo
Nikki was born and educated in East Anglia before graduating with a degree in Physical Education from the University of Brighton. Nikki undertook her first teaching role at Ash Manor School in Surrey where she gained additional pastoral responsibility and ultimately followed her year group through the school from Year 8 to Year 11. Whilst at Ash Manor Nikki completed her SENCo qualification and became the ‘Inclusion Manager’ for the school. In January 2017 Nikki Joined Waingels as an Assistant Principal, responsible for Inclusion and Intervention. She strongly believes in the personal development of every child to enable them to thrive in an Education setting. Nikki lives in Surrey and enjoys teaching Karate in her spare time.
Mr N Johnson- Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning
Nick went to school at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex before heading North. To complete a degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Bradford. He turned down the chance to work in the Pharmaceutical industry to take up a place at the University of Oxford to train as a teacher, graduating in 1995. Nick’s teaching career started in Cambridge and he arrived at Waingels in January 2016 after spending 15 years in another 11-18 comprehensive school in Hampshire. Nick is committed to improving the quality of teaching and learning and has worked closely with universities and other institutions to develop teacher, work which took him to Denmark to run training with Danish science teachers. He currently has responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school. He is married to a primary school teacher and has three children and far too many pets.