Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Newhaven School Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

jon kelly

Jon Kelly – Headteacher

I have been a teacher for 28 years working in mainstream as a geography teacher, head of department, SENCO and assistant head before moving to Newhaven in 2013. I started here as a deputy head leading on NEST before I headed up the establishment of King’s Park. I became headteacher in September 2019 – just in time for our successful OFSTED and the global pandemic! I love my job but in the spare time I have I concentrate on raising three children aged between 15 and 23, socialising, running and hoping that West Ham will do better this season.

michelle wilkes

Michelle Wilkes

I have been a teacher for 28 years. I started my career in a primary School in Deptford moving to the Greenwich primary PRU and from there I have taught in secondary mainstreams / secondary PRU and special school in Southwark and Greenwich. Newhaven is an unique place to work, with dedicated, compassionate staff and pupils that often make us smile and want to turn up on a Monday morning. I feel very proud to be Head of Gardens Campus and do my best to balance this with being a Mum of two.

Tracy Phillips

I started teaching English in 1996. I taught in a number of mainstream schools and another PRU in South London before joining Newhaven in January 2018, as Head of English. I became Assistant Head 21 months later. Outside of teaching, I had an earlier career in Whitehall, as a policy adviser and speech writer. I later spent time living in Cyprus when my three children were young. While there, I did some part-time teaching, worked as a freelance journalist and studied for a law degree. Now that my children are adults, I have a lot more time to read, watch films, play tennis and catch up with friends.

Tania Peach

I started my career in the theatre industry as a production manager and technical designer, working with a wide variety of companies and communities. My teaching career began in drama and dance colleges where I taught technical theatre to degree and Master’s students. I re-trained to teach in secondary education 16 years ago, and since then have been an art and DT classroom teacher, head of creative faculties, and Assistant Head Teacher. I’m now exceptionally proud to be the Head of Campus at Newhaven King’s Park, a genuinely inclusive and inspirational place to work. I have a teenage daughter who is embarking on a career in the music industry, and the arts and live performance remain an important part of our family life.

Alan Fairnie

I have been a teacher for 25 years teaching within the comprehensive sector for the majority of my career. I started out as classroom teacher in Nottingham and moved to London to take up a Head of Faculty role and subsequent leadership roles in Greenwich in the secondary sector. Throughout my career I have been committed to inclusive education and my role at Newhaven allows me to work with group of dedicated staff who make an impact and shape the lives of our young people for the better. When I’m not working I can be found in the record shops of South East London, occasionally creating experimental ambient sounds for various record labels, walking by the Thames and attempting to remain cool whilst out with my three teenage children.