Matthew Pawson, Headmaster
Mr Pawson has been married for 20 years and has two teenage children, Ella (18) and Josiah (17). He entered the teaching profession in his late twenties having previously worked in a multitude of jobs, including a successful career at one of the UK’s top insurance intermediaries. Mr Pawson has taught and enjoyed successful leadership roles across a range of educational settings including a grammar school, a large rural state upper school, a state boarding and an independent school. His management experience includes setting up a new sixth form, and establishing it as a successful post-16 provider. His educational background includes a first class honours degree in Physical Education, a Master’s in Education and he is currently writing up his thesis for a Doctorate at the University of Reading.
Alex Birks-Agnew, Acting Deputy Headmaster
Mr Birks-Agnew joined the teaching profession through Teach First, completing his two years on the programme at a city academy in South East London. He then moved to what was a brand new and developing Church of England secondary school in Bromley, joining them in their third year of operation. Mr Birks-Agnew has a BA in Business Studies and Information Management from the University Sheffield, an MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester, and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders from the UCL Institute of Education. Mr Birks-Agnew is a freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, and a fellow of the RSA.
Zoe Loveridge, Assistant Headteacher
Ms Loveridge entered teaching as a second career in her late twenties, after working as a forensic osteoarchaeologist for the Museum of London Specialist Services. Her early teaching career was spent in challenging schools in South London where she gained valuable experience in teaching and learning. She taught at her previous school for seven years, holding the positions of Head of Science and Head of Year. Ms Loveridge has a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences from UCL and an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford. She gained her PGCE from the Institute of Education. Ms Loveridge has the responsibility of being in charge of the Science Department and is Head of House for Faraday. She is also responsible for teaching and learning across the school.
Catherine Penfold, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Penfold completed her degree and teaching qualification in the North East of England. Choosing to move to the South East to pursue her career, she has been a part of the teaching profession for 16 years. Her teaching background is in the comprehensive sector where she has been a successful leader of a large Mathematics team, obtaining excellent results at GCSE and A Level. During her six years in Senior Leadership, she has gained experience across a broad range of areas but at Trinity School, she will take a lead on running the Mathematics department and staff development and appraisal, amongst other duties.
Tara Steel, Assistant Headteacher
Miss Steel has led English departments for many years during which time attainment has raised significantly during each year of her leadership. She has also enjoyed managerial and leadership roles in education that have included responsibilities such as provision for Gifted & Talented students; providing both mentoring and coaching to teaching staff; whole school literacy and the integration of Emotional Intelligence and Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning programmes. Miss Steel has an Honours degree in Literature from the Open University. Her other educational qualifications include those in English Language, Humanities and Health & Social Care. She is leading our English department at Trinity; she is also responsible for our extra-curricular programme and is Barrett’s Head of House.
Alastair Williams, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO
Mr Williams studied Mathematics at the University of Derby and graduated in 2008 with a 2:1 before qualifying as a Teacher of Mathematics in 2009 from Canterbury Christ Church University. Early on in his teaching career he found he had a passion for working with students with special educational needs, and looked to widen his understanding in this area. Shortly after this he became a Deputy SENCo and tutor of a group of students on the autistic spectrum. He has been at Trinity School for the past two years and has enjoyed being part of the growing school community. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and twin daughters.
Karen Partridge, School Business Manager
Mrs Partridge is a qualified school business manager and is responsible for the finance, admin/HR, site/facilities and ICT teams in school. She had a successful 20+ year career as a HR generalist specialising in employment law, employee and industrial relations and resourcing and worked for a variety of organisations/sectors; financial services, nursing homes, manufacturing, employment opportunities for disabled ex-service personnel, fibre-optic telecommunications and energy, before joining the education sector in 2008. Karen is a member of Trinity’s Senior Leadership Team and has experience in Single and Multi Academy Trusts at an operational & strategic level.