Support Staff and Tutors
Miss Julie Giffiths
I was born 5 miles from Henslow School and apart from attending Chester College, have lived in Shropshire all my life. I have a passion for all sports and the outdoor life. I taught PE in Bishops Castle for 30 years and whilst there developed an interest in special educational needs. Prior to joining Reflexions Education, I worked for the local authority, in the SEN team, maintaining the EHCPs of vulnerable children. These days I tend to watch more sport than I play, but still love being outside, whether on home maintenance, cycling or walking. My other great love is travelling the world and tasting new foods, then attempting to replicate them in my own kitchen. I am delighted to have joined the school team as their administrator.
Mr Sean Howells
I have been with the school since 2012 and really enjoy the job I do. Amongst a variety of responsibilities I teach Art at the School, enabling students to explore their creative side.
I also support the teaching staff to ensure that the students can access learning in their lessons. I really appreciate the positive atmosphere of the school and the variety of my duties. Every young person brings something different to the school which makes every day interesting and enlightening.
I am also a Child Exploitation and Online Safety (CEOP) ambassador and deliver sessions to students and staff to ensure we keep up to date with the technological world.
Mr Chris Tranter
I have worked at the school since September 2013, progressing from a HLTA to tutor, bringing experience from various different care sectors. On a day to day basis you might see me doing a wide variety of tasks ranging from teaching ICT, supporting teachers in lessons, delivering one to one sessions, or taking students mountain biking in the local area. I believe the ability to offer a wide ranging but personalised curriculum is a strength seen every day across the school.
Mr Richard Phipps
Joining the Henslow School in March 2021, I am a fully qualified English teacher with extensive secondary level teaching experience since 2012. As an HLTA, I provide support to both students and teachers, encourage a positive and welcoming environment, and deliver a style of education that promotes learning through engagement and challenge.
I believe that the young people of today are the pillars of society for tomorrow and my driving passion is to help them fulfil this potential and feel pride in the person they are becoming.
Mrs Dawn Williams
I started working in hospitality, but changed my focus once all my children were in school.
I have always wanted to work with children and help them with their education, so I started the training to become a Teaching Assistant, whilst working in a primary school. Once qualified I was offered a job working with pupils from Reception up to Year 6 both in he classroom and working one to one with vulnerable pupils.
After a brief spell back in hospitality, I have now returned to my passion as a teaching assistant. I am looking forwards to working with the students at The Henslow School and supporting them in their studies.
When at home I enjoy making my own greetings cards and spending time with my children and grandchild.
Miss Yasmin Sneade
I was born in Shropshire, but decided to head off travelling at 21.
Having recently returned home I have just started working at the Henslow School. I am passionate about emotional, mental, and social wellbeing and currently engaged in training to become a Counsellor. Become a Teaching Assistant felt like the perfect opportunity to use my personal and professional skillset to support young people build the resilience, confidence and self-worth to fulfil their potential.
I love to travel, dance, and drink tea and have been practising yoga and mindfulness for many years. I would love to utilise my interest in mindfulness and personal/spiritual development to inspire the young people we work with here at the Henslow school to develop their sense of self and to find purposeful meaning in the world.
Mrs Arlene Piper-Allen
My career in education officially began after university as a lead instructor at a vocational school in Texas where I helped to develop the first pharmacy technician training course. It was there that I developed a passion for supporting students to overcome any previous educational barriers and help develop their self confidence, whilst working towards a professional career in a variety of pharmacy settings.
After many years, I repatriated to England which afforded me the opportunity to combine my experience as a technician and an educator to become a secondary school science lab technician in chemistry, biology, and applied sciences. Now as a higher level teaching assistant, I’m thrilled to be supporting teachers and working with individual students to help achieve their educational goals and develop into the awesome young people that they all have the potential to be.
Miss Anna Greenside
For the last 4 years I have been travelling across Europe, backpacking in Vietnam and just got back from America, primarily working in a New York Summer camp. I’ve always had a passion and drive to help and support young people since I was 18, working most of my summers on the National citizen service as a Team leader. I recognised the impact that can made in a few weeks during the summer and wanted to try and do this all year round in a full-time job role .
By working at Henslow as a Teaching assistant I get that opportunity to help and support the amazing students of this school, in their academic studies. Outside school I enjoy the outdoors, kayaking, hikes and also working on improving my micro camper project.