Meet the Boarding Staff
Connie - Assist House Parent
John - Director of Boarding
Lara - House Parent - The Harefield Academy - Boarding House - September 2011
I began my career as a public librarian, and moved into schools with my first project being the establishment of a new library for Bristol Cathedral School in 1999. I subsequently worked for Prior Park College as librarian and Boarding House Tutor under Kate McCarey, an amazing Housemistress who inspired me to follow in her footsteps through her passion and models of best practice.
I went on to broaden my experience as a Housemistress at St Mary’s Hall in Brighton and Woldingham School, working with 6th form girls and then Year 10s.
When I saw the Houseparent role for The Harefield Academy advertised, it was clearly an exciting opportunity to be part of a big project, something which I always love! Upon visiting The Academy for interview, I was immediately impressed and enthused by its inclusive educational ethos and its strong leadership team. The Boarding House was clearly going to be an exciting new chapter in this already vibrant school’s life and as such the appeal was too great to resist!
Watching a house full of builders transform into a house full of children has been a fascinating experience! The house has been specifically designed to enable us to have a co-educational intake and this is working well. When one considers that the boarding experience is a new one for our students, they have settled into this lifestyle extremely well. The natural way in which they are helping each other, in particular the older students mentoring and guiding the younger ones, is a joy to behold! In all, this beginning phase of the Boarding House has proved to be positive, popular and successful.
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.
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.
Vanessa - Assistant Hosueparent