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Leadership Team

Tom 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, a National Schools Athletics Coach, a 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. 


LHMMrs L Humber- Interim Head of School

Lindsey moved from a small coastal town in South West Wales to Bath to read International Management with a Modern Foreign Language (French) at the University of Bath. As part of her year abroad, she spent 6 months studying at a French University in Rouen and a further 6 months completing a work placement in an Aerospace Engineering company in Leuven, near Brussels. 

After graduating with a 2:1 Lindsey began her career as a Teaching Assistant at another Wokingham School and quickly trained on the Graduate Training Programme as a Teacher of Business Studies. Before joining Waingels as Vice Principal in January 2018, over a period of 8 years, Lindsey has held various positions at an Academy in Slough. Positions include Head of House, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, Museum Learning and Staff Development. 

She strongly believes in staff having opportunities to continue to develop their practice in order to deliver good quality first teaching and learning. Lindsey lives in Yateley with her husband who is also a teacher and her daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends and family, cooking, reading books about Leadership in schools and spending quality time with her family such as visiting National Trust venues with stately homes.



Ms K Aggio- Senior 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. 



Miss N Street- Assistant Principal 

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.


NickMr N Johnson- Assistant Principal 

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 his career, which took him to Denmark to run training programmes 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.


LCHMrs L Chislett- Assistant Principal 

Laura lived in London and then Newcastle before her family moved to Oxford when she was eight. After a degree in Environmental Bio-Geo Sciences from the University of Leeds she trained as a teacher in London, beginning her teaching career in inner London schools before moving to Reading in 2007. After a year’s teaching at a secondary school in Reading, she took up a position as Head of Science at a Science Academy in Slough, and was one of the youngest teachers nationwide to gain Excellent Teacher status.

After eight years in position there she joined Waingels where she is now Assistant Principal with responsibility for Personal Development, Community and Aspirations. As well as managing the team of lead practitioners, she takes great enjoyment from her role in student transition and working with the Careers and Enterprise team to support students on their journey throughout the school. She has recently become Vice Chair of Governors at her children’s primary school. Outside school her interests include going for long walks with her husband and two young children, camping in and travelling around France, cooking, and has recently taken up running inspired by Mrs Humber.


CWDMrs C Ward- Assistant Principal & Director of Sixth Form Studies

Claire moved to the UK from Ireland in 2009, where she was born and educated. She attended Trinity College, Dublin as an undergraduate, studying Theological and Biblical Studies and also for her teacher training, achieving a 2:1 in both.

She started her teaching career at Gillotts school in Henley where she held roles of responsibility for PSHE and Head of Subject for Religious Studies. She joined Waingels in 2013 as the Deputy Head of Sixth Form and has since taken on the role of Director of Sixth Form, with responsibilities for the Sixth Form Pastoral Team and Raising Achievement in the Sixth Form.

Claire is now firmly rooted in the Community of Woodley having moved into the area in 2014, living not far from the Woodley Precinct with her husband. Community matters a lot to her as do the young people in the community, which is why she has recently taken up a position as a Governor for a Woodley Primary School.

Claire has worked hard to develop and grow the Sixth Form and is proud of the students within it. It is important to her that all students have the opportunity to develop outside of the school curriculum and has therefore introduced an enrichment element to the Sixth Form curriculum. Claire is also committed to her role as a lead for charity events working with staff and students to raise awareness and funds for local and national charities. In her spare time Claire enjoys taking her dog for walks, baking for friends & family and travelling.



KatherineMrs K Heaton- Interim Associate Principal

Katherine was born in Bristol and spent her early years in Gloucestershire and Norway before moving to Oxfordshire when she was 11. She spent 3 years at the University of Birmingham studying for a joint honours degree in Sports Science and Materials Science. Having graduated with a 2:1 in 2004 Katherine returned to Oxford to complete her teacher training. 

Katherine started her career teaching Science and PE at St Birinus School, a large boys' comprehensive school in Didcot before moving to Chiltern Edge, a small mixed comprehensive school. Here she was initially the Assistant Head of Science and later Head of Science. She joined Waingels as a Lead Practitioner in 2018, firstly with responsibility for STEM and later Community and Outreach. In her current role as Interim Associate Principal she has taken on responsibility for the transition of Year 6 pupils in to Year 7 and is starting to fulfil a long held ambition to learn how to construct the school timetable. Katherine loves the variety working at Waingels has provided her with including organising careers events, mentoring trainee teachers, supporting disadvantaged students and working with local primary schools. She is passionate about staff well being and working with all colleagues to improve well being and reduce workload.

Katherine has lived in Woodley with her husband for over 10 years and has 2 young children. She had always said she would never work and live in the same town but after spotting a job advert and a guided tour of Waingels from Ms Aggio and Mrs Chislett she knew that Waingels was the school for her! Outside of school Katherine enjoys camping holidays, running (especially parkrun and junior parkrun) and trying to perfect her gluten free cooking skills.


RhianMiss R Ellis- Interim Associate Principal

Rhian grew up and went to school in West Berkshire before moving to Cardiff to complete a degree in English Language at Cardiff University.

Rhian stayed in Cardiff to complete her PGCE and her first year of teaching in a large inner-city comprehensive school. Rhian then worked in Newport, Wales before returning to Berkshire to be closer to family.

Rhian joined Waingels in 2012 as an English teacher and has undertaken a number of roles in the English department during this time, most recently as Head of Subject. In her role as Associate Principal, Rhian has responsibility for the curriculum, ensuring that what we teach our students allows them to have the best possible outcomes for their future learning and employment. One of Rhian’s biggest highlights of her time at Waingels is spending a month in Africa (Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe) with a group of Year 11,12 and 13 students.

Rhian lives in Winchester with her husband. In her spare time she is passionate about reading, baking and travelling.


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