Ms Penelope Alford, Head Teacher
Ms Alford joined Hoe Valley School from Fulham Cross School for Girls, where she had been Deputy Head Teacher since 2010. Fulham Cross is an OFSTED-rated ‘outstanding’ secondary school and part of a larger Multi-Academy Trust.
At Fulham Cross School for Girls, Ms Alford was responsible for Teaching and Learning across the curriculum and prior to this led on the Pastoral system. She was seconded to Fulham Boys’ School and led on sharing best practice across the two schools ensuring high quality delivery particularly in the core subjects. Penny was also the Acting Head of School during 2013. Prior to her role as Deputy Head Teacher, Penny was Assistant Head Teacher for 3 years and has led on English and Literacy, as well as taking up the role of SENCO.
Before joining Fulham Cross School for Girls, Ms Alford taught at Ernest Bevin College in Tooting and held the roles of Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of English.
Prior to her teaching career, Penny worked for Opinion Leader Research, working with a range of clients including the Department for Education, the Innovation Unit and several charities including the NSPCC.
Ms Alford holds a National Professional Qualification for Headship, obtained from the Future Leaders Trust. In 2006 Ms Alford obtained a Masters in Education, focussing on School Improvement, for which she obtained a Distinction. Her PGCE was obtained from the Institute of Education in London, with English as a subject specialism. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) degree in English & Politics from the University of Leeds in 2000.
Mrs Jane Davies, Deputy Head Teacher
Jane joined Hoe Valley School from The Beacon School in Banstead, where she had been Assistant Principal since 2012. At The Beacon School, Jane had been Head of Progress and Attainment for KS4 and latterly Director of Sixth Form, driving up standards in both GCSE and A Level results across the school.
Before joining The Beacon School, Jane worked at Coombe Girls’ School and Sixth Form in New Malden for eight years. As Head of the MFL Specialism for four years and Head of Year for the four years previous to this, Jane has a vast experience of working with local Primary Schools in the Kingston Borough, overseeing the transition of year 6 students into year 7 as well as leading a Modern Foreign Languages programme for all Primary Feeder Schools.
Prior to working in Education, Mrs Davies worked in London for a global oil and metals company as both a deals administrator and charterer of vessels focusing mainly on investment into Hungarian and Rumanian initiatives in Eastern Europe.
In 2013 Mrs Davies obtained a Masters in Education from Kingston University, focussing on closing the gender gap at KS4. Her PGCE was obtained from Manchester Metropolitan University with German as a subject specialism. She graduated with a Joint B.A. (Hons) degree in German and French from the University College of North Wales, Bangor having studied abroad for one year in Mons, Belgium at an International Interpreting School and at Leipzig University in Germany.
Richard Davies, Deputy Head Teacher
Richard has worked as an Assistant Principal and then as a Vice Principal at Salisbury 6th Form College. He was a founder member as it opened in 2014 and it was one of the first 16-19 free schools to achieve “Good” in its initial Ofsted inspection. He had a broad range of responsibilities including teaching and learning, professional development, attendance and e-learning.
Before joining Salisbury 6th Form College, Richard worked as Director of Examinations and Testing and Head of History and Politics at Hampshire Collegiate School.
Richard holds a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders obtained from the Institute of Education in London. He currently sits on the National Council of the Association of Managers in Education (AMiE) which is the leadership wing of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. He is a team leader of A-Level examiners for Edexcel and was lead teacher for the History Teacher Support Network of the Wessex Group of sixth form colleges. Richard obtained his PGCE with History as a specialism from the University of Oxford in 2003. He studied Modern History at Jesus College, University of Oxford where he achieved a BA (Hons) in 2002.
Paul Manly, School Business Manager
Paul joined Hoe Valley as our School Business Manager. Paul has extensive operational management experience in the commercial sector and has been Head of Operations at Oddbins for the past 4 years, having progressed through the business since 1995.
Having been involved in many aspects of running the support functions of a commercial business , Paul brings considerable experience in HR, Facilities, Finance, IT, Operational Support, Project Management and Property to the team. Mr Manly was born in Woking and has lived back in his childhood town for the past 20 years since graduating from the University of Exeter.