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I am a teacher of 18 years, 15 of which have been spent working with young people that have been excluded from mainstream education, across a variety of settings. I have been Head of five educational settings and Senior Leadership of another three. I have developed a clear understanding of the overarching needs of these young people and their families. All young people at this end of the education spectrum have experienced trauma. Focussing on the recovery from trauma as a primary need, I have had great success in accelerating positive outcomes for young people that have fallen out of the current local authority education provision.

Mike Rees-Lee, Principal

BSc (Hons), QTS, NPQH, CTM

Mike has QTS with a specialism in science teaching. He is lead teacher for the academic subjects within the school and oversees the author and mathematician curriculum delivery, alongside our enquiry led learning activities. He is a trained therapeutic mentor and has the National Professional Qualification for Headship with a special needs focus. Mike is trained to deliver Read Write Inc. and Accelerated Reader.

Meet Our Colleagues

Melody Bond

Student and Family Services.

Mel specialises in Safeguarding, Emotional Wellbeing and family support. She is a qualified Therapeutic Mentor, counsellor and CBT specialist. She has extensive knowledge of child development, emotional development and is Read Write Inc trained and trained to support Accelerated Reader. She is lead colleague for our therapeutic curriculum and deputises for the school

Karen Edgell

Therapeutic Educator and Thrive Practitioner.

Karen specialises in Child Development, early years, PSHEE, Emotional Development. 

She is lead colleague for PSHEE, RE, Careers and Recovery. Karen is Read Write Inc and accelerated Reader trained and has QTLS. She is studying for QTS. 

Steve Forrest

Therapeutic Educator

Steve is a Teacher with a background in Land-craft, humanities and outdoor education.  He spent time in the military before moving in to teaching. 

Naomi Hutchings

Therapeutic Educator

Naomi is a newly qualified teacher with a primary focus. She is very creative and will be focusing on art and creative cooking using core English and Maths skills

Joe Tompkinson

Therapeutic Educator

Joe is a counsellor, therapist and creative artist. He is currently on a sabbatical.

James Smith

Therapeutic Educator

James is a Teacher focused on Primary education and Literacy. .  James loves being out doors and is really excited to be a part of the Wildings team. 

Tom Abbotts

Therapeutic Educator

Tom has a background as an outdoors instructor in his earlier years which led him to working in a forest school teaching all things nature related, from gardening to woodworking. He is qualified to lead mountain biking, paddle-sports and even skiing. 

He has a passion for sports, especially football and basketball. 

Steph Harvey

Therapeutic Educator 


Curriculum Lead

Steph has joined the Wildings team and brings a wealth of expertise and passion in Maths, curriculum development and school leadership

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Educational Psychologist

We are working with Ruth Arnell, an experienced educational psychologist to help develop an outstanding provision that meets the needs of all of our young people. 

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