OUR PEOPLE

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Hayley Peacock
Head of School and Founder

Q1.  What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

I’m so excited about giving back children their voice at school through our democratic approach and endless opportunities for agency and self-direction in our project based learning.. Our model means children’s educational experience is curated with them as co-pilots, rather than education being something that’s done TO them. To be honest, every part of what we are doing excites me!

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working alongside the incredible, creative minds of my colleagues who never cease to impress me with their heart, expertise and motivation for what we do.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I loved Judy Blume books and Enid Blighton, and Goodnight Mr Tom – which is a beautiful story of childhood bravery.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Definitely invisible. I could go and listen in on the most inspiring people in the world, and also find out what my children get up to when they think I’m not around!

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Richard Keightley
Acting Headteacher

Steerer of the ship, Richard has many years of teaching experience. It is his job to make sure the children are safe, happy and achieving well whilst at school, to give them the best learning experience possible.

Q1. What excites you most about the Atelier 21 approach to education?

I’m very excited to see how children translate what I am sharing with them into their own expressions. I love the idea that children explore and investigate their own learning pathways both in the classroom and the wild outdoors and that I can be a part of the experiences they are going to enjoy.

Q2. What are you most look forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school and so I am looking forward to working alongside a team that is not only passionate about the children in the now, but also in the journey they have ahead of them. Atelier 21 offers an incredible learning experience and I am looking forward to being a part of something special that gives your children the very best opportunities to secure a future of their choosing.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I was quite late to the party as far as reading for pleasure was concerned but when I finally arrived my go-to book was ‘Magician’ by Raymond Feist. It is a book that draws inspiration from Tolkien and really transports you to a world of escapism and spawned many equally good sequels. Before teaching, I travelled extensively and Raymond kept me company for many a long, dark hour.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I would choose flying. I love the idea of wearing a GoPro to capture images of earth to then broadcast to remind people we are just one small planet in a vast expanse and that we should look after it and each other.

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Rebecca Gooding
Assistant Head and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rebecca is a qualified teacher with over 20 years experience in primary and secondary years.

Q1. What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Being part of a democratic community where students and teachers learn together. Being able to nurture and encourage a love of learning that emerges from a diverse and enthralling curriculum.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working in a community with creative minds and being excited about learning. I’m also looking forward to the far away places that the students’ enquiries will take us!

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

Anything by Enid Blyton! I used to dream about climbing the Magic Faraway Tree – even though many of the places were quite terrifying. Then I used to get stuck in to the mysteries of the Famous Five – loved guessing the clues and see if I could figure out whodunnit!

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Flying. I would love the sense of freedom, to swoop and soar – it always looks so cool when a super hero does it!

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Jo Epps
SEN Co-ordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Q1. What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

The uniqueness of the approach and how the pupils are empowered over their learning.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Watching pupils have those lightbulb moments that help them grow in confidence and challenging myself to work in this new approach.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Invisible – because I want to be in the room where it happens! (Can you guess the show reference?).

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Danni Hayes
School Business Manager

Q1. What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

A new fresh approach to education that is based around a child-centred approach. The idea that children are learning skills ready to tackle life, whilst taking in to account each child’s individual skills.

Q2.  What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Developing my own skills, working alongside a diverse and inspiring team and ultimately making a difference.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I had a passion for reading at an early age and will find as much time as possible to read a good book. Growing up I fell in love with J. R. R. Tolkien and all of his work, the way he creates his own world to escape in to and makes it come alive.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Flying. I’d love to be able to see the world from a different view point.