Meet the SLEs


      Jenny Hopper
      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position held: Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Associate Assistant Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: MFL, Teaching & Learning, Formative assessment via Teacher Learning Communities, NQT/ITT Mentoring

      SLE area of expertise: Modern Languages KS 3 -5; Teaching and Learning; Coaching; French and German to KS5, Spanish to KS3; Departmental leadership; Extension and Enrichment activities for Most Able pupils in MFL; intervention techniques for pupil support in MFL; Teaching and learning training; Embedding Formative Assessment; Teacher Learning Communities; research on home learning; coaching of NQT and School Direct mentoring.  



      Louise Walder

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: From Sept 2016 – Assistant Head in charge of Mathematics and Computing

      Subject/Expertise: Mathematics, Computing
      SLE area of expertise:  Mathematics teaching at KS3/4/5. Development of Problem Solving for the new GCSE. Further Mathematics teaching – any module. Development of STEP/MAT/AEA support. Mock Oxbridge Interviews for mathematics/engineering/computer science. Providing challenge and enrichment within a scheme of work and within lessons. Advice in setting up and running a mathematics department. Running CPD workshops for maths departments. Use of data to identify underachieving students and put in place interventions. Development of training courses for teachers. Use of coaching to develop a colleague. Mentoring a teacher to develop their practice.



      Kay Mountfield 

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Deputy Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: Leadership of CPD, Leadership of Curriculum and Teaching & Learning, Support for Most Able, Raising Standards, Performing Arts, English 

      SLE areas of interest: Experienced Deputy Head; specialist experience and expertise includes: overseeing academic departments and specifically HoD's in managing their teams to meet their teaching and learning and attainment targets (English, MFL, Drama, Dance, Music, Art, Design, Maths): supporting Assistant Heads and Middle Leaders through coaching and mentoring: reviewing Curricular Provision; challenging most able students: Performing and Creative Arts - Academic: cross curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular enrichment; student leadership programmes: raising standards and interventions; 6th Form transition: independent learning programmes; leading an Outstanding 6th Form. Kay taught in Windsor and Maidenhead for 16 years in the Windsor Boys' and Windsor Girls' Schools as an English teacher, Head of Drama, Head of Sixth Form and Senior Teacher. She was also Head of Drama at Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne, Berkshire. 

      Claire Hindley 

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Dance Teacher, Associate Assistant Head

      Subject/Expertise: Performing Arts, Dance specialist, AQA Examiner

      SLE areas of interest: I believe in the profession of teaching and the rewards it brings. I readily enjoy sharing practice and developing systems of improvement through adopting roles as a coach, consultant and supportive peer. As a middle leader in teaching and learning my experience comes from participating and coordinating learning reviews at 3 schools and being the founder and active member of 'Quality of Learning' and the 'Quality of Student Support' programmes at Sir William Borlase. On a senior leadership level, I have worked alongside the Head at Beaconsfield High to develop a culture change and to raise teaching, learning and assessment. More recently, as Associate Assistant Head at Sir William Borlase, I have pioneered a new tutor time model for all staff and students. 

      Danielle Cowan 

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Assistant Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: Science, Data-led interventions and support. 

      SLE areas of interest: Departmental leadership; mentoring and coaching of NQTs and middle leaders; ensuring progress in lessons; challenging the most able and implementing data-led interventions. 

      Dr Peter Holding

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Headteacher and Executive Head of the Marlow Education Trust, National Leader of Education

      Subject/Expertise: English and Drama

      SLE areas of interest: NLW areas: school leadership, curriculum design, finance and school budgeting, school to school support and collaborations, grant and bid writing, national and local trends and issues, school led system design and innovations. 

      Dr Ben Parsons 

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Assistant Headteacher (Teaching School Alliance)

      Subject/Expertise: ITT (School Direct) & NQT, Professional Learning, Teaching & Learning, Music. 

      SLE areas of interest: Music curricular and co-curricular extension lead; embedding 360-degree formative feedback systems in creative subjects; School Direct and NQT programme development; student leadership initiatives; school-wide coaching programme (including staff and 6th form); development of professional learning programmes as TSA lead; SLE training lead for Teaching Talent TSA network. 

      Sarah Holding


      Position held: Deputy Headteacher 

      Subject/expertise: History

      SLE areas of interest: SEN, strategic planning of provision, behaviour, working with vulnerable children, safeguarding, alternative provision.

      Debra Rutley


      Position held:  Headteacher and National Leader of Education

      SLE areas of interest: Behaviour, exclusions, curriculum planning and design, working with outside agencies


      James Simpson  

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning). Head of History

      Subject/Expertise: History and Humanities, Evidence-informed practice, CPD, Teaching and Learning, using technology. 

      SLE areas of interest: Developing Teaching and Learning, including strategies to develop more effective independent learners; monitoring and assessing standards of teaching and learning; developing teaching through effective CPD; evidence-informed practice and school-based research, including the establishment of Professional learning Communities; the use of technology, particularly Google Apps for Education, to enhance and develop teaching and learning; leading an effective History department and strategies to facilitate collaboration across the Humanities. 

      Rhian Williams  

      Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

      Position Held: Assistant Headteacher  DSL, Pastoral, SENCo

      Subject/Expertise: Safeguarding, pastoral concerns, SEND issues and statements/EHCP

      SLE areas of interest: Leadership and Management of safeguarding system in schools; leads local collective DSL group; trains whole school staff on safeguarding concerns. Experienced at interviewing teaching and non teaching staff with safer recruitment focus. Oversee implementation of vertical tutoring system. SENDCo for eight years, working with other professionals on better practice. Teach History and Politics. 

      Cathrin Thomas 

      Cox Green School

      Position Held: Associate Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: Physical Education, Psychology

      SLE areas of interest: Leadership and Management of teaching and learning and assessment; bespoke continuing professional development; curriculum development. Student achievement and closing the gap; personal develoment and wellbeing. 

      Heidi Swidenbank

      Cox Green School

      Position Held: Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: School Improvement, English. 

      SLE areas of interest:  Heidi  is currently a headteacher with substantial experience of school improvement. She is also a current practising OFSTED inspector. In previous senior leadership roles Heidi was the lead for Teaching schools and this has secured significant experience of developing highly effective CPD for all staff. 



      Charlotte Briffa

      Danesfield School

      Position Held: Deputy Headteacher

      Subject/Expertise: Teaching and Learning, NQT mentor

      SLE areas of interest:  Developing Teaching and Learning; monitoring and assessing standards of Teaching and Learning; ensuring progress in lessons; use of data to identify underachieving students and implementation of effective interventions; mentoring and coaching of NQTs as well as NQT mentors new to the role. 













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