Mrs Jane Davies NPQH , Head Teacher
Mrs Davies has been a key element of the leadership of the school since it opened, first as Deputy Head and more recently as Associate Head Teacher, leading the school for two days per week, and as Acting Head Teacher last year.
Mrs Davies joined Hoe Valley School from The Beacon School in Banstead, where she had been Assistant Principal since 2012. At The Beacon School, Mrs Davies 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, Mrs Davies worked at Coombe Girls’ School and Sixth Form in New Malden for eight years.
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.
Mr Kelly joined HVS from The Bishop Wand School in Sunbury – on -Thames where he was the acting Deputy Headteacher. Mr Kelly had been Head of Progress and Attainment for KS3 and KS4 and he was most recently the school’s child protection officer. He was also in charge of managing all of the student services at the school.
Mr Kelly is responsible for Safeguarding, Child Protection and is the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. He will also be responsible for Behaviour, Attitudes & the Personal Development of our wonderful students.
Mr Kelly obtained his BA QTS in Physical Education from St Marys University in Twickenham after he moved over to England from Ireland in 1999. Mr Kelly is a sports fanatic, especially Rugby, and is looking forward to seeing how the students at HVS get involved within the extra curricular clubs. The links between Academic success and exercise have been well documented and this is something that he is keen to support within the school.
Miss Suzanne Austen, Assistant Head Teacher
Miss Austen has taught in a number of schools as a History teacher and a head of department. She joined Hoe Valley School in September 2015 as Head of Humanities and also held various positions of additional responsibility, including being part of the Teaching and Learning Hub. Miss Austen leads on Teaching and Learning, working with staff to help maintain the outstanding teaching across the school. She also has responsibility for overseeing the SCITT and NQT programmes.
Miss Austen studied for her History degree and trained as a History teacher at Exeter University, and holds an MA in History Education with UCL.
Mr Ian Goulbourne, Assistant Head Teacher
After a successful year guiding the founding year group to the first set of HVS GCSE results in unusual circumstances, Mr Goulbourne will be moving from his role in the pastoral team to leading the school in progress and attainment.
As well as being a member of the leadership team, Mr Goulbourne remains a keen and enthusiastic member of the Maths department.
Mr Goulbourne joined the HVS community in 2019 after a decade working at SJB. He gained QTS at St. Marys University in Twickenham. Before qualifying as a teacher he spent several years working as a communications manager for BT.
Mrs Sarah Newman, School Business Manager
Mrs Newman joined HVS from Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery, where she worked for five years as the School Business Manager. Prior to that she worked for ten years at a Catholic Primary school in the same role. She brings with her fifteen years of school business management knowledge and experience and has taken the role of Finance and Operations Manager at Hoe Valley where she works with the headteacher, senior leadership team and governors to ensure financial management controls are in place and is operationally responsible for personnel, IT infrastructure and site management.
Prior to her school business management roles Mrs Newman worked for 21 years in HSBC (and formerly Midland Bank).