Meet the Boarding Staff
John - Director of Boarding
I took up my post of the newly opened Lord Adonis House in September 2011. I have worked at the Academy and its predecessor school John Penrose for the past 10 years. Prior to this I worked in a residential boarding school for boys with challenging behaviour.
I live locally in Ruislip and return here during the holidays to see how well my two boys have cared for the house and gardens!
I ski each year usually in France or Austria and am hopeful that some of the boarders will be joining one of The Academy Ski trips in the coming years.
Being a keen gardener I am very hopeful that the boarding house vegetable garden will supply the kitchens for some of our summer meals. Certainly we plan to roast the potatoes on the barbeque.
I have just embarked on a yoga course after 10 years absence and hope this will benefit me both in body and mind.
We have had a most successful first year and now we are poised to make Lord Adonis House a centre of excellence.
Shane - Assistant House Parent
Prior to working at the Lord Adonis house I have worked as a barman, a chalet host in the French Alps, and as a labourer, but ultimately my working life has mainly been working as an outdoor activities instructor from lakes in England to the Mediterranean. Activities I instruct include windsurfing, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding just to name a few. I have been teaching and leading groups of young adults since the age of 14 as an army cadet reaching company sergeant major before leaving at 18.
Tracy Hawkwood - House Parent
I have worked at both The Academy and The predecessor School - John Penrose. My roles in these schools have been numerous and varied from Manager of The New Uniform through to Supervising a withdrawal unit, this is all the more unusual as I am a qualified chef! All my three children went to the schools listed above and all have done very well in their subsequent careers.
I have lived in Harefield all my life and have a very good network of friends and acquaintances locally.
Vanda - Assistant HouseParent
I am currently the Learning Resouces Manager during the working day and support in the Boarding House on two evenings per week and also oversee the Study Club.
On my journey to working at The Harefield Academy I have been a Mother to two children (- now adults!), a librarian, a child minder, and a teaching assistant. I also travelled the world while working with British Airways.
In the Boarding House I take a great pride in the activities in the evening which usually are craft based or perhaps relate to board games. We have made cards for Mothers Day, painted Easter eggs, designed picture frames – not to mention the cake baking. I remain one of the top scrabble scorers to date!
I have worked here since we opened and I am very pleased to be part of a very successful venture.