Associate Headteacher for Alternative Provision Gabrielle Grodentz
Gabrielle has been a qualified teacher since 1997 who has worked in mainstream schools in both Waltham Forest and Islington. While teaching, Gabrielle developed her skills in both academic and pastoral work. In 2002 Gabrielle moved out of mainstream education and began working in alternative provision where she has remained to date. Gabrielle is very passionate about alternative provision and has over the years supported many providers to develop and enhance their educational offer to students.
Gabrielle has taken a lead in devising a Quality Assurance process which is now used in several boroughs in both North and East London. Through this process providers have been able to identify their strengths and areas for improvement which ultimately has led to a rise in the positive outcomes for the students.
“I love working with teenagers and enjoy seeing them achieve and make the most of their abilities. Watching a child smile when they get the good results they never expected or overcome obstacles and challenges is very empowering and makes the job that we do worthwhile."
Alternative Provision Co-ordinator Nicola George
Having spent most of her working life in the financial sector, Nicola felt that a change of focus was much needed. Nicola worked at Waltham Forest College for five years as a Senior Administrator working with 14-16 year olds. Nicola thoroughly enjoyed the challenging nature of her work which has led her on to working here at Hawkswood as Alternative Provision Co-ordinator. Nicola thrives on being a part of student’s success and feels that consideration of students needs is essential for personal growth, development and academic progression.
“Helping young people make positive transformations is one of the best feelings in the world.”
Lead Attendance Officer Juliet John
Juliet has worked with young people in a variety of roles for both Newham and Waltham Forest local authorities. Juliet is very experienced in working with young people from challenging backgrounds and has had jobs with: The Behaviour Support Team, Outreach Team and Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).
From September 2014 Juliet moved over from Burnside PRU to the Alternative Provision team as a Learning Mentor. In 2016 Juliet took on the post of Lead Attendance Officer. Juliet’s job requires her to monitor and review student attendance and support student’s engagement with a focus on trying to ensure that student’s progress at Post 16 and do not become NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training).
“I found working in this type of employment very rewarding, building relationships with students I support. I understand the importance of giving students lots of praise and encouragement and believe this helps them to achieve the best of their ability. I know that if a student attends college/school regularly they are more likely to gain their qualifications and progress successfully onto their chosen course”.
Office Manager Debbie Daley
Debbie has always worked in the customer service area for over 25 years helping people from all walks of life which she has thoroughly enjoyed.
Before coming to Alternative Provision Debbie worked for the Local Authority at Walthamstow Town Hall as a Customer Service Advisor.
Debbie has been working for the Hawkswood Group for the past 6 years as an Alternative Provision Office administrator. Debbie’s role is mainly office based and responsible for all student files and data, which has been very interesting as it has allowed her to understand the needs and reasons why young people age 14 – 16 are not in mainstream school. Debbie occasionally visits students to help then to decide on a provision and will spend time with individuals to make sure they are picking the appropriate pathway to meet their needs and educational ambitions.
“It gives me such pleasure knowing that I have had a part to play in students continuing with their education and that I have had a role in supporting them to make progress and achieve”.