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Inspirit - St Thomas More Teaching School

St Thomas More Teaching School

Meet The Team

We are proud to introduce you to our team here at Inspirit. If you would like to get intouch with any of the Inspirit members listed below, you can do so here via the website or by calling 01234 400222.

Tony Bishop, Executive Principal of Bedford Catholic Schools I work with and support all schools in our trust including Inspirit. We are very proud that our trust includes a Teaching School. We deliver high quality professional development for schools in both local and surrounding areas. If you are looking for support tailored to your needs, which can have a real impact in your school - Inspirit will deliver.

Susanne Combe, Director of the Inspirit Teaching School I have been at St Thomas More School for over 20 years starting in the MFL department teaching German and French.  I have been involved in the Teaching School since its beginnings in 2011 and am committed to deliver high quality CPD, S2S support and outstanding ITT through the Inspirit Teaching School.

Alison Wilshaw-Quinn, Head Teacher of St Thomas More and NLE  As an NLE and a Sub Regional Lead for the North section of NWLSC of Teaching Schools, I am always looking for opportunities whereby we can raise standards across the different regions we cover.  I am also looking forward to working with the network of established and new Teaching Schools across Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. I am excited at being able to draw together the tremendous expertise there is in these areas, working collaboratively to create strong and successful futures for all the students in our care.

Cathy Piotrowski, Director SFAAT and NLG  I have been a Foundation Governor for the Bedford Catholic Schools since 2008 and am now a Director for the St Francis of Assisi Academies Trust. I am also the Lead Governor for both the St John Rigby Primary and St Thomas More Secondary local governing boards. I became a National Leader of Governors in April 2016 and work with the Teaching School in this role to promote effective governance in the region.

Frances Topa, Strategic Project Leader for the Academy Trust Previously Head teacher of St Gregory’s Middle School with many years of experience in the secondary sector as Deputy Head Teacher at St Thomas More. As a Local Leader of Education I have been involved in school to school support both within and beyond the Local Authority. I am also a Section 48 Inspector and have undertaken work for the Diocese of Northampton.  I am delighted to be working with the Teaching School.

Celine-Anne Searle, Teaching School Events and Administration Manager I have only been at St Thomas More for a little over a year but in that time I have grown solid roots within the School and more recently the Teaching School. I enjoy meeting new people every day but also building strong relationships. If you ever have any questions regarding the School or Teaching School I will be more than happy to help.







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