Vision, Ethos & Values

Discovering and Learning Together, so all can Flourish

"A tree planted by steams of water, which yields its fruits in season" (Psalm 1:3)

Hope - Service - Resilience - Wisdom

This is a new educational approach for a school - which will be unique in the Swindon area. 

There is a blend of rigorous academic programme with a focus on the whole child and outstanding opportunities in sports, leadership, and the creative and performing arts. 

Through these activities our young people will learn key life skills such as communication, exploration, discernment and perseverance.

Values are at the heart of everything we do. They include wisdom, hope, service and resilience. 

In line with the Church of England education strategy we promote an education that allows children, young people and adults to live out 'life in all its fullness'. 

We believe this to be an education which enables every person to flourish in the widest sense.  It will help them to:

  • grow in wisdom
  • cultivate a wide-ranging knowledge that will help broaden life chances
  • develop spiritual, intellectual and emotional resources
  • nurture character to live well together in a community.

Although the Deanery CE Academy has a religious designation it is not a school only for Christians but rather a Christian school for everyone.  

Each student who joins us will be valued equally whatever their belief, background or culture.  

Meet the Team - Staff List 2023-2024

Meet the Team - Staff List 2023-2024 


  • Kelly Osborne - James – Headteacher  

Senior Leadership Team  

  • Michelle Bishop - Campus Co-ordinator 

  • Laura Connors - Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) 

  • Naomi Luckman - Assistant Headteacher (DSL) 

  • David McDonald - Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum) 

  • Sarah Parry - Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) 

  • Claire Hockin – Associate Assistant Headteacher (Science) 

  • Freya Koza - Associate Assistant Headteacher (Mathematics) 

  • Sarah Gallagher – Associate Assistant Headteacher (Humanities and SIAMS)   

  • Debora Matthews -Head of Performing Arts  

  • Elizabeth Scotford - Associate Assistant Head (English)  

Teaching Staff 

  • Poppy Attwell - Teacher of Art  

  • Neil Bryars – Teacher of Science 

  • Abigail Case – 2nd in Science  

  • Stephen Chen – Mathematics 

  • Amanda Davis – Assistant Head of Year 8 

  • Jemima Douglas – Teacher of Music 

  • Mallika Ebenezar – Teacher of Math  

  • Katia Esposito – Teacher of MFL & Head of Year 9  

  • Vivien Fernandes E Siquerira - Teacher of Maths

  • Kayleigh Godfrey – Teacher of Maths  

  • Daniel Halpin – Teacher of Drama & Head of Year 8  

  • David Harmer – Head of Faculty- Sport & Enrichment  

  • Georgina Harper – Lead Practitioner in English 

  • Ben Hinson – Teacher of PE 

  • Adam Hogan – Teacher of Humanities  

  • Alastair Jones – Teacher of Design Technology 

  • Farzana Maknun – Teacher of RE 

  • Andrew McEachron – Transition Teacher VIP  

  • Bethan Mills – Lead Practitioner in English 

  • Cassie Newland - Teacher of Dance & PE 

  • Eoin O’Grady - Teacher of PE  

  • Matthew Oldroyd – Teacher of MFL  

  • Heather Penny-Larter – Teacher of English & Head of Year 11 

  • Katie Phillips – Teacher of Geography 

  • Emma Pickles – Head of Faculty – Art & Technology  

  • Amelia Price – Teacher of History 

  • Georgia Robins – Teacher of English 

  • Charlotte Shanahan – Teacher of Art & Design  

  • Jemma Showler – Teacher of PE & Head of Year 7 

  • Irena Stanea – Teacher of MFL  

  • Emily Wright – Teacher of Science & Stem Coordinator  

  • Rachel Wright – Teacher of English  

Support Staff 

  • Janice Browning – Exam Invigilator  

  • Adele Buckley – Teaching Assistant  

  • Isabelle Buckley – Teaching Assistant  

  • Samantha Coe - Assistant Head of Year 10 

  • Amanda Davis – Assistant Head of Year 7 

  • Vanessa Denman – Exam Invigilator  

  • Gayathuri De Silva – Exam Invigilator  

  • Pascale Dorey - Campus Support Assistant 

  • Maddie Easter – Campus Attendance Administrator  

  • Manar Elazab – HLTA  

  • Julie Eldon – ELSA  

  • Peter Ferguson – Exam Invigilator  

  • Shweta Fernandes – ELSA  

  • Sian Fisher - Creative Arts Technician  

  • Lindsay Gardner – Librarian  

  • Luned Hawkins – Teaching Assistant  

  • Jenny Hibberd – 1:1 Teaching Assistant  

  • Preeti Joshi – Teaching Assistant  

  • Hemanth Lingaiah – Teaching Assistant  

  • Laura Kewell - Lettings Manager 

  • Tracey Lappin – Family Liaison & DDSL  

  • Andy 'Bob' Lee - Estates Assistant 

  • Wendy LeMasson – Admin Support – Send  

  • Michelle Loxley – HLTA  

  • Jason Marriner - Assistant Head of Year 9 

  • Kelly Mathews - DDSL & Student Support  

  • Sarah McKinlay – Assistant Head of Year 11 

  • Emily Munn – Teaching Assistant  

  • Chris Offord – Exam Invigilator  

  • Kirsty Orchard - Deanery Kitchen Manager 

  • Neil Ouldridge – Careers Lead  

  • Aysha Rahman - Campus Support Assistant  

  • Eleanor Smith - Science Technician 

  • Sharon Strange - Campus Support Assistant

  • Zoe Strange - Campus Support Assistant

  • Wendy Tilbury - Lettings Assistant 

  • Luke Worsdell - Teaching Assistant 

Office Hours are 08:15 - 16:30 Monday to Thursday and 08:15 - 14:30 Fridays 

To contact the admin office, please email admin@dcea.org.uk or telephone 01793 236611

To email any staff member above please use the following formation:  firstname.surname@dcea.org.uk 


Academy Council

The Deanery CE Academy Council Members

Our Academy Council is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who, along with the Headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school.

We currently have vacancies for Foundation Members. To find out more or to express an interest, please contact the Chair of the Academy Council: andrewsmith.deanery@dbat.org.uk

Their responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Advising on school policies and procedures
  • Helping to recruit staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent   

The Local Board operates within a Scheme of Delegation agreed by DBAT's Board of Trustees.

If you would like to contact the Chair of the Academy Council, please email andrewsmith.deanery@dbat.org.uk

If you would like to contact the Clerk for Governors, please email carli.williams@dbat.org.uk



Current Membership

Type of Local Board MemberName
Foundation Members

David Cain        

Andrew Smith - Chair (09/03/19)

Tiffany Weighell

Ex-officio Foundation MemberRevd Dr Phill Harrison (09/03/19)
Parent Members

Sam Teague

Mark Glennerster

Staff MemberNaomi Luckman (2019)
Community MembersChris Watts
ClerkCarli Williams


Annual Reports and Accounts

DBAT Governance page: https://www.dbat.org.uk/about-us/governance/

DBAT Statutory Information page: https://www.dbat.org.uk/about-us/statutory-information/

DBAT Directors page: Trust Directors, DBAT

Who We Are



Paul Woolley

I am Deputy Chief Executive of Swindon based, Bible Society. I was previously founding Director of the think tank Theos and have a background in the media and public affairs. I am married to Ruth, and we have four young children.






Andrew Smith

I am currently the Housing Lead at a social consultancy - The Good Economy, based in Bath.  I have a background in education, and youth work.  I completed the Teach First scheme - teaching Maths in a central London secondary school.  Since then I've worked for The Challenge, helping to deliver the NCS programme for 17-19 year olds, and also setting up and running an apprenticeship training provider.  I also have experience of working with children leaving the care system.  Outside of work, I enjoying mountain biking and board gaming.  I live in north Swindon and have two young children.


Revd. Dr Phill Harrison

As the Vicar of Wroughton and Wichelstowe, I look after the Church of England parish that includes the Deanery CE School and am an ex-officio member of the Local Board. I’m really excited about the once-in-a-generation opportunity to open a new Church of England secondary school in Swindon. I hope and pray that the way we run the school will make it a blessing to staff and students of all faiths and none. I have a professional background in management in the financial services industry and an interest in education.



Naomi Luckman

I knew from a young age that I always wanted to be a teacher and that I always wanted to teach PE. I graduated as a secondary school teacher of Physical Education at the University of Gloucestershire in 2005.  My path in education then took a different direction, where I followed the pastoral route, working in two very challenging, yet rewarding city schools; in Bristol and Birmingham.  I am an avid sports fan and player, and I was recently selected to represent Wales in the Home Nations and European Hockey Championships. I play for Newent HC and will really enjoy playing Swindon HC on our fantastic pitch!  My other interests include the theatre, snow and water sports and spending time with my family.   

Samantha Teague

I am a certified accountant who has been working in the Finance industry for over 20 years. I'm married with two sons - the eldest of which had the pleasure of becoming one of the Deanery's pioneer students. I spend most of my spare time enjoying life with my young family but, as they become more independent, I now look forward to being able to give some of my time to the local board to support the school in achieving its vision. 


Mark Glennerster (co-opted member)

Having worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and having previously held senior roles in large international engineering consultancies I have considerable experience in work on policies, procedures and budget setting. I look forward to bringing this experience to the role of Governor and help ensure that children at the Deanery are given the chance to maximise their potential and develop into confident members of society. I am married with 2 children aged 9 and 11 and have a keen interest in motorsport where I am an active competitor. I am a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Important Documents

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