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.
Miss Rosie Keaney
I have been working in education for several years now. When I was growing up, I struggled in school due to having dyslexia and I have always wanted to help those who find school difficult. Since leaving university I have been working towards my goal of helping all children reach their potential. I understand how hard and frustrating it can be in school; how difficult it is to make friends and fit in. However, from the moment I joined the Henslow School, I found it to be a positive and accepting atmosphere where everyone matters. I have joined the school to support the teachers and most importantly students, on their educational journey.
Mrs Sam Talbot
I was born in a small town in rural Somerset. I studied Hospitality Management at the University of Gloucester whilst living in Cheltenham.
I began nursing in Birmingham, but this career was put on hold when I had twins and moved to Abu Dhabi with my husband. I started working in the International School and began my teacher training. I continued with this training in Sweden, where we lived for 8 years.
I have worked across the key phases in both mainstream primary and secondary schools and became a qualified HLTA, teaching young adults with learning disabilities and children with Autism.
Mrs Victoria Couzens
After graduating with a degree in Business and Management I joined a financial head hunting firm in London recruiting for the private equity sector. I led a team covering the Nordic searches and helped the company expand into Asia with an office in Hong Kong. After 7 years I moved back to Shropshire and joined a private equity fund in their HR team. After having children I became a Pilates teacher alongside supporting children in school as a teaching assistant. I joined the Henslow School in April 2021 and am passionate about working on a one-to-one basis supporting students to achieve their individual academic and personal goals.
Mr Jack Neale, BA
I was born in Shropshire and have always loved living in the countryside. Being outdoors is one of my strongest passions, along with Photography, Art, and Travelling. In 2019 I completed my degree in Outdoor Education, with this I worked in an American summer camp as a Climbing Instructor and then volunteered in Nepal as a Teacher.
I have always enjoyed working with children especially in challenging environments, this is why I became a Residential Care Worker for New Reflexions last June. I recently transferred from the care side to the education side of New Reflexions as a Teaching Assistant which has given me the opportunity to develop my teaching skills and begin a career in education.
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.
Mr Callum Langston - Bolt
After graduating in English Literature I worked for some years in fine fragrance. I then embarked on an 8 year career in eCommerce and Digital Marketing as a senior account manager/consultant.
In 2021, after 13 years in London, I decided to make the move to a family farm on the Welsh border in order to change careers and focus on education. I am extremely passionate about the arts, in particular literature, cinema and the theatre, as well as enjoying the stunning countryside surrounding us in Powys and Shropshire, which I spend spare weekends/evenings exploring with the dogs.
I am delighted to be joining the Henslow School and to be able to provide meaningful support for our students.