Welcome to St. Christopher’s Academy

Staff at St. Christopher’s Academy

Ms Carey Fish – Head Teacher 

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Carey is Head Teacher of Westbridge Academy, St Christopher’s Academy and Montgomery Road Campus. Having previously taught in Manchester and London, Carey has many years experience in education. Carey has a Masters Degree in Education (M Ed) and an NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Specialising in the AP sector provides an opportunity to bring together her passion and skills in supporting young people unable to access mainstream education.

Carey has held senior leadership roles within Westbridge PRU and, more recently, the Readwald Trust. As a Senior Leader and Head Teacher Carey is particularly drawn to the students and their support networks within the Alternative Provision sector and works hard to facilitate re-engagement into education and beyond. Positive access to education  improves self-esteem and Carey believes that the centres within the Trust are able to make a difference to the lives of the students within it.

Carey is a great advocate of collaborative partnerships and proactively pursues all opportunities to enhance the educational experience the Trust is able to offer. Carey enjoys being part of a community which enables growth and development, and supports each students individual journey.

Mr Tom Baker – Head of School St. Christopher’s Academy

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Tom has been working in education for 10 years. He gained a BA (Hons) in Coaching and Sports Development from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008. He then worked within the SEN department at Northgate High School in Ipswich for 5 years. Tom moved into alternate provisions in 2013 when he joined Alderwood PRU.

While at Alderwood Tom became a member of the school’s SLT after taking on the role of ‘Leader of Assessment’ across the whole unit and a member of the Management Committee. Tom became Senior Teacher at St. Christopher’s PRU and in January 2018 was integral in planning and overseeing the successful transition of the long term provision the ‘Bridge’, based previously at Alderwood, over to the St. Christopher’s site. Tom was appointed Head of School in January 2019.

Tom is a keen sportsman. He plays golf and squash regularly and plays football for Copleston’s Football Club. He also enjoys socialising with friends and family

Tom is passionate about ensuring the young people he works alongside have access to the best opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Enabling them to unlock, explore and develop their vast range of skills to take forward into their futures.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Tom Baker

Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) – Charlotte Orvis, Carey Fish & Cate Fairweather

Designated Teacher for Looked After Children – Carey Fish

Mental Health First Aider – Karen Garner