I have worked in specialist education since graduating in 2003 beginning my career as a support assistant.
I have worked here at Hedleys College since we opened in 2006 and became lead in college in 2014. I am passionate about my role and ensuring the quality of our provision supports the experience and opportunities that our students have
I started working at Northern Counties School as a nursery nurse. I then became a Curriculum Support Tutor and helped develop “school for families” I moved to the College eight years ago. Whilst working full time at College I achieved my BA Hons Degree in Family Learning and completed my PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. I have worked as a Personal Tutor and Senior Tutor within the Communication and Choices Pathway. In 2015 I became the Standards and Assessment at College and work closely with the Head of College and Standards Manager for Quality.
Wendy Hawley – Assistant Head
I have worked with learners with learning difficulties since 2001 in Further Education Colleges and also a school. I joined Hedleys College in 2008 and worked here until 2012. I had a short break working with young adults with challenging behaviours in a mainstream environment and returned to Hedleys in 2014. I am committed to giving our learners the best experience and the opportunities that they deserve.
I have been working in special needs education since 2004 when I took an agency job to cover a 6 month vacancy, supporting in a 6th form in a SEN school in Newcastle. Since then I have worked and trained my way up the career ladder in SEN FE, from learning support, senior learning support, tutor and now a senior tutor for the Independence and Skills pathway, joining the Foundation in September 2014.
I have been employed at Hedleys College for eight and a half years. During this time I have been a Personal Tutor for a wide range of diverse students following both the Independence and Communication and Skills programme areas, and have also experience of teaching Vocational students. I was successfully promoted to Senior Tutor for the Independence and Skills programme, and I am currently Senior Tutor for the Communication and Choices programme.
I have worked in specialist education since 2006, beginning my career as a volunteer at Hedleys School.
I have worked at Hedleys College since 2007, where I have been a support assistant and a personal tutor, and have just recently been appointed as Senior Tutor for the Communication and Choices Pathway. I am eager in my new role to work closely with staff and students, to develop the curriculum and provide new opportunities for our students.
I worked in Paediatric Respiratory for 2 years, then Paediatric Intensive Care for 3 years before becoming a Sister for The Children’s Community Nursing Team where I worked for 6 years, working with children and young people with complex or life threatening conditions in Newcastle. I have a teaching certificate and have recently qualified as a Team Leader with the Institute of Leadership and Management. I am also a first aid and heart start trainer for the RAF cadets/qualified Nursery Nurse and qualified Girl Scout Leader!
I have worked as a registered Manager for over 20 years in various social care environments, which includes Residential Care, Day Care, and Domiciliary Care Provision. For the last 2 years I have worked as Care and Support Co-ordinator at Hedleys College I co-ordinate Learning Support staff to support students who benefit from individual care packages within the college learning programmes
Kasia Gorowska – Recruitment & Assessment Coordinator
I graduated in Poland with MA Degree in Special Education Needs Education and completed my postgraduate training in Further Education at Northumbria University. I joined the team at Hedleys College in May 2008. Since then I worked at the College as a Learning Support Assistant, Personal Tutor and Transition Manager. After the years of gathering experience, I settled in my current role of Assessment and Recruitment Coordinator supporting young people and their families with admissions to our College.
Mark L. Webb – Student/Parent Welfare and Liaison Officer
My initial interest in working in this sector was fuelled by living with a family member who had severe learning difficulties. I began working in the care/education sector in 1989, as a Housefather at Northern Counties School . I moved to Northern Counties College in 2006 and over the years I have gained much experience and various qualifications in Social Care, Teaching, Counselling, BSL and Management. I was Registered Manager of Wansbeck House (College Residence) for ten years. I moved into my new role in June 2017 and I am looking forward to working with college staff and assisting students and families and help them achieve the best possible outcomes. Outside of work I enjoy all sports, comedy, reading non-fiction books and music.