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Who’s Who

Foxfields Academy

Meet the team

James Ellis


James has worked in Specialist education since 2009, teaching pupils with wide ranging needs from Key Stage 1 in Primary through to GCSE.
Prior to joining Foxfields, James was  Headteacher for 5 years at Ambergate Sports College in Grantham, an Outstanding specialist school for pupils with moderate learning needs and social, emotional, and mental health needs.
James is a designated Local Leader of Education and as part of this role he supports both mainstream and specialist schools in developing their provision to ensure the best outcomes for all.

Julie Forman

Assistant Head

Julie has worked in specialist education since 2000 and been a Senior Leader since 2011 working in schools in the UK and Africa.
Julie is a Science Teacher and has taught pupils with a wide range of needs from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.
She is very much looking forward to joining the team at Foxfields and will be working closely with staff, parents and carers to ensure positive outcomes for all of pupils.

Lizzie Papworth

Designated  Safeguarding Lead and Teacher

Lizzie has worked across two special educational needs schools within CIT for the past six years. Her time and experience has developed a passion in supporting the overall development of pupils as individuals. Lizzie believes in empowering, and equipping pupils with the skills and strategies, for their social and emotional development alongside their academic progress, to reach their full potential.

Claire Woodlock

School Operations Manager

Claire is a DfE accredited School Resource Management Advisor (SRMA). She supports schools across the region as well as being Operations Manager for 4 schools within CIT. Claire supports schools with operational and financial procedures and systems, to ensure efficiency and value for money. Claire supports Senior Leaders and Headteachers so they can concentrate on providing the best education for their pupils.

Scott Hamilton

Behaviour Support  Manager

Scott has spent the last 7 years working in secondary education with previous roles that include Students Support Manager and most recently Head of Year. Scott strives to make a positive difference to the lives of young people and support them to reach their full potential. Scott is extremely excited to be a part of the Foxfields family!

Bethany Simpson


After graduating from University in 2017, Bethany spent time working within a specialist provision supporting children with SEMH needs and Autism but also has experience within mainstream primary schools.  Bethany truly believes in viewing every child as an individual and is looking forward to being able to provide opportunities for every child to reach their full potential.

Shannon Cave


Shannon has been a teacher since 2016, working in various types of school. She has experience of working with different needs across Key Stage 1 and 2. She is excited to be part of Foxfields and supporting the pupils to be their best selves.

Toby Ellis


Toby graduated from the university of Lincoln in 2011 with a Sports Science degree, he then opened a sports coaching company with one of our other teachers – Mathew Page.  Toby then went on to work at Ambergate Sports College as a teacher before taking a job as an analyst in professional football. Toby worked for both Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town. Toby has a passion for teaching and missed it whilst working in football. 

Matthew Page


After graduating from university in 2011, Matthew opened a sports coaching company in Lincolnshire, teaching PE in a number of schools. Matthew then moved to Ambergate Sports College as a teacher, teaching different subjects and GCSE Maths before taking a job as an analyst in professional football, working for Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town. Matthew is looking forward to working at Foxfields and is passionate about ensuring pupils love coming to school and enjoy every day! 

Tayla Glover-Wagstaff

Teaching Assistant

Before joining Foxfields, Tayla worked within EYFS for 6 years since leaving college.  She then decided to become a teaching assistant and has discovered that she enjoys working with older children.

Georgina Quinn

Teaching Assistant

Georgina has worked as a Teaching Assistant for over eight years from Year Three to Year Six at Primary level then Years Seven to Eleven in Secondary.  Georgina joined Foxfields in September and says she is  really enjoying every day.  She looks forward to helping our young people get the most out of their time at Foxfields.

Annette Bloxham

Teaching Assistant

Annette has worked with with children and adults with special needs for over 20 years and has been a learning support assistant for the last two years. She joined the Foxfields team in September 2020.

Sarah Aspley

Teaching Assistant

Sarah joined the team after having a career change from a Beauty Therapist. With a strong interest in working with young people and mental wellbeing, she is looking forward to supporting and inspiring both students and colleagues. Previously Sarah has worked with young people via the NCS Youth Development Programme helping to support and nurture young people.
Sarah is really looking forward to the journey ahead and becoming an integral part of the school team.

Tia Shaw

Teaching Assistant

Tia has worked with children and young people (early years to late teens) for around 15 years and in specialist education for 8 years. She is very exited to start her journey with Foxfields.

Amber Clarke-Smith

Apprentice Teaching Ast.

After finishing her GCSES Amber studied health and social care and attended work experience at Birkett House School. She then decided her passion was to work with vulnerable children. In the future she hopes to progress into becoming a teacher. She is looking forward to working with the students and staff at Foxfields academy.

Andrew Dowling

Outdoor Education Lead

Andrew has worked in education for 12 years after a career in commerce. He loves everything about the outdoors and feels very fortunate to be able to teach outdoor learning everyday.

Laura Millican


Laura started her catering career in Newcastle Upon Tyne 32 years ago where she trained to be a chef.

She has worked in schools most of her career as it is ‘where she is happiest’. She joined foxfields in September 2020 and is looking forward to the journey ahead.

Joanne Quimby

Senior Administrator

Throughout her career, Joanne has held a number of administration and secretarial roles in a wide variety of organisations; most recently as School Administrator in a leading independent school.  
Joanne is looking forward to supporting the new team at Foxfields and seeing the pupils and the school develop over the coming months.

Hayley Morley

Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

After completing a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies from Nottingham Trent University in 2010, Hayley went on to work in a Special Educational Needs school with children with a range of additional needs. Discovering an interest in Occupational Therapy, moved to work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant before completing a Batchelors of Science Degree at Coventry University in Occupational Therapy. Having always been passionate about working with children, Hayley has worked in numerous Paediatric teams both within the NHS and Independent Practice. Currently Hayley works for the Speakeasy Therapy Team as a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist offering schools assessments, advice and intervention for students. Hayley has a special interest in Sensory Integration and has post graduate training in this field.

Andri Theodorou

Art Therapist

Andri is a HCPC and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registered, self-employed Art Therapist. She offers one-on-one art therapy sessions in various settings including mainstream and specialist therapeutic schools. 
Andri is passionate about offering children a safe space to explore, reflect and understand themselves and their own narrative. She considers each child’s needs as being unique, and therefore the sessions are tailored individually to all children.

Felicity Bott

Music Therapist

Fliss has been a musician most of her life, since beginning piano lessons at the age of 4. After many years training, performing and teaching music, she was placed in a SEND school for singing sessions while working as a teacher for Berkshire Maestros. Fliss went on to study a Master’s degree in music therapy at UWE Bristol, and once qualified she joined the team at Chiltern Music Therapy. Fliss works predominantly in schools with children of all ages, helping to support their emotional expression, communication, cognitive development and relationship building. Fliss is incredibly passionate about her work as a music therapist and feels very lucky to work with wonderful children who teach and inspire her everyday.

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