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Mark Gibbs - Headteacher

Brief Profile 

Mark has been involved in a variety of teaching and learning roles since leaving school, qualifying as a professional Drama teacher 12 years ago. A fantastic teacher and leader (not his words) has allowed him to support and guide pupils to reach their goals and potential; he is passionate about improving the life opportunities of students in his care. Having worked in a variety of educational establishments in several subjects, he has developed his leadership skills alongside teaching and learning techniques. An keen interest in pastoral and safeguarding aspects have allowed him to extend his knowledge and understanding, subsequently becoming an area of interest and expertise; as a result he has been involved in a number of very complex cases. He has worked and supported a number of schools with pastoral, behavioural and attendance issues; he is thoroughly enjoying working at Linslade for the CLT trust.

A very keen sportsman, a linguist, nature lover and supporter of the arts, he has 2 children also heavily involved in sports and therefore you will regularly see him and his wife on the side of a pitch/court/boundary.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Currently studying for his NPQH
  • Masters in Education (Distinction) Bedfordshire University
  • Bedfordshire SCITT award
  • BA Hons 2:1 Theatre Acting University of Leeds
  • Numerous safeguarding certificates

2020 - Present: Headteacher Linslade School

2019 - 2020: Joint Head of school - Linslade School

2009 - 2019: Associate Principal Behaviour and standards, Safeguarding Lead, Head of Year, Drama, History, PE and English teacher

2009 - 2011: Drama and English teacher Robert Bloomfield Middle school

2004 - 2007: Drama teacher and sports coach Bedford school

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

  • Pupil Achievement
  • School improvement
  • School development
  • Financial management
  • Governance and compliance
  • School Ethos and values
  • Behaviour Standards
  • Policies and compliance

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cooking
  • Playing and watching Sport.
  • Reading my favourite book is ‘to Kill a Mockingbird’ and reading sports autobiographies
  • Travelling


Phil Stock - Head of School

Brief Profile 

Phil is an outstanding teacher and leader with experience of leadership within a number of secondary and upper schools. Phil has a legacy of achieving excellent results in Maths, Business, Finance and Economics from KS3 to KS5. Phil has 10 years of experience of leadership in Safeguarding, Behaviour and Welfare; and is currently our Quality of Education Lead driving standards of Teaching and Learning and supporting Professional Development.Phil is quite frequently found reading, cooking and socialising with friends, in between spending time with his young family, his church and trying to slow the inevitable decline of his fitness as an ex-rugby player.
Qualifications and Experience

  • Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Level 2 Pivotal Behaviour Management Instructor 
  • PGCE in Education, Greenwich University
  • BSc Hons (First) Sports Management, Sheffield Hallam University

2020 - Present: Deputy Headteacher, Linslade School
2018 - 2020: Assistant Headteacher, Cedars Upper School
2015 - 2018: Head of Business Studies, Senior Head of House, Challney High School for Boys 2012 - 2015: Head of House, Head of Careers, Teacher of Business Studies, Richard Hale School
2009 - 2012: Senior Lecturer, The Alternative Programme, Hertford Regional College

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

  • Standards
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Aspiration and development of staff and provision
  • Staffing and personnel
  • Recruitment and retention of staff

Hobbies and Interests

  • Spending time with his growing family and the church community he is part of
  • Any sport, but mostly rugby spectating and imagining he could still play for England!
  • Reading. His favourite books include ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’, The Bible, ‘Rebecca’ and ‘I am Pilgrim’
  • Visiting European cities with Mrs Stock

Paul Edwards - Assistant Headteacher

Brief Profile

Paul has been teaching for over 20 years and has worked in 6 Middle schools in Bedfordshire, holding leadership roles in 5 of them. Starting as PE teacher he has now taught as well as PE, Maths, English, History, Geography, Religious Education, Sociology and PSHE. At Linslade Paul is currently working on improving the attainment and standards that are achieved by our pupils as well as increasing the opportunity for children and removing barriers that they may have to their learning.

Qualifications and Experience
  • NPQH

  • PGCE (Secondary), DeMontfort University Bedford

  • BA - Sports Studies with History, Sociology and Politics, DeMontfort University Bedford

2018 - Present: Assistant Headteacher, Linslade School

2010 - 2018: Head of Year, Robert Bloomfield Academy

2009 - 2010: Headteacher Woodside Middle School

2006 - 2009: Deputy Headteacher Mill Vale Middle School

2000 - 2006: Head of year, Head of PE Holywell Middle School

1997 - 2000: Robert Bruce Middle School - PE and English

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement
  • Assessment and Standards

  • Disadvantaged Children

  • Day to Day running of the school

Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading books - currently working through the Bernard Cornwell Historical fiction novels and real life espionage stories from World war 2

  • Sport - Watching rugby at both Harlequins and Bedford Rugby Clubs

  • Visiting castles and historic buildings

Sophie Cooper - Assistant Headteacher

Brief Profile

Sophie is an outstanding teacher with a historic profile of raising achievement in KS4 results. A dedicated thespian with a modern twist, she widely supports an Arts Culture in school. Excelling in her teaching career, Sophie has secured a number of leadership roles and has raised standards across a number of educational settings. Sophie’s career has been vast, including lecturing at Middlesex University, Bedfordshire University alongside advising Camden Council on the work for Mental Health and Well-being in schools and continues to do vital work with AQA Examinations Board. Sophie’s teaching and learning practice is showcased by The Chartered College of Teaching and she has even been observed for her Technology of Learning practice by the French Educational Minister twice!

Qualifications and Experience

  • Studying NPQSL - Department of Education & UCL

  • MA in Education (Distinction) Middlesex University of London

  • PGCE Secondary - Middlesex University of London

  • BA Hons (2.1) - Royal Holloway University of London

Sept 2020 - Present: Assistant Headteacher, Linslade School

September 2018 - 2020: Senior Lead Practitioner and SENDCo. Head of More Able - Marston Vale Middle School

September 2014 - 2018: Head of Year. Teacher of English and Drama - Denbigh High School

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

  • Behaviour and Attitudes

  • Epraise and Rewards

  • Pastoral, mental health and well-being

  • Attendance

  • Student Support Services

  • Cultural Capital

  • Performing Arts


Hobbies and Interests

  • The Crossfit Games

  • Keeping active and healthy

  • Travelling and long walks

  • Theatre

  • Holds a Brown belt

Emma Wassef - Head of Key Stage 2 and English

Brief Profile

An outstanding and creative teacher who will motivate and inspire colleagues in all aspects of teaching and learning. Emma joined Linslade School in 2010 as her second career, after ten years of working in the hospitality industry in various leadership roles.

Emma is committed to raising standards of achievement and behaviour for every child and providing children with enriched opportunities. With a strong commitment to teamwork and the pursuit of excellence and challenge for all, she and the Key Stage 2 Team have worked hard to create an environment for children where they feel safe and happy so that their individual, group and whole class learning journeys are challenging but effective, productive and progressive. Ultimately, progress and success develops at a faster pace from motivated children who are enjoying their learning.

Alongside the Head of KS2 role, Emma now leads English for Years 5 and 6 and looks forward to creating an ethos of high expectations and achievement for all.

Qualifications and Experience
  • BA Hons Primary Education, Art and Design with Qualified Teacher Status

September 2020 - Present: Head of English (KS2)

2017 - Present: Head of KS2

2015 - 2016: Acting Head of The Arts

2013 - 2014: NQT mentor

2010 - 2012: Teacher

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement
  • Strategic and operational leadership of KS2 Team

  • English curriculum, KS2

Hobbies and Interests
  • I have a busy family life with two children and a husband. When I do get any spare time I enjoy meeting up with extended family and friends.

  • To ‘de-stress’ and relax I really enjoy going spinning, box fit and the gym.

  • Reading

  • Theatre

  • Baking

Beatrix Jones - Head of Maths

Brief Profile

Beatrix is an outstanding maths teacher and leader with a drive to achieve excellence. She gained her teaching qualifications from studying at universities in Hungary before arriving in the UK in 2003 where she pursued her teaching career further. She has 17 years of experience as a teacher and leader in mathematics of all key stages through working in Secondary, Primary and now Middle School.

She has an outstanding record of supporting pupils in obtaining their targeted or exceeded results in GCSE and SATs. Past experience has seen her responsible for leading teaching and learning in the maths department for several years and Leading Numeracy across the curriculum in a Secondary School. As a Lead Practitioner, part of the role was to coach teachers to deliver outstanding lessons and improve pupils’ outcome. She has been the Head of the Maths department at Linslade School for the past 5 years, an achievement she is extremely proud of. Her ethos is to lead by example.

  • BA - Teacher of Singing and Music - Karoly Eszterhazy Teacher Training College

  • BA - Teacher of Religion - Karoly Eszterhazy Teacher Training and Theological College

  • Teacher of Mathematic - University of Miskolc

  • Piano Musical Instrument certificate- Grade 7

  • Qualified Teacher Status - 2005 by the Chair of the General Teaching Council for England

  • Outstanding Teacher Programme - OLEVI International UK

January 2015 - Present: Head of Maths - Linslade School

2013 - 2015: Leading Practitioner - Belmore Primary Academy

2010 - 2013: Numeracy Coordinator - Barnhill Community High

2005 - 2010: Member of the School Improvement Group/ Leading teaching and learning within the maths department- Barnhill Community High

2001 - 2003: Music and Maths teacher - Hungary

  • Maths curriculum, KS2, KS3

  • Outcome of pupils in Mathematics

  • Numeracy across the curriculum

  • Spending quality time with family and friends

  • Enjoying country walks with my husband and our lovely dog, Ziggy

  • Combat aerobic workout

  • Reading

  • Fine dining and nice wine

  • Listening to classical music

  • Concerts

  • City breaks

Cat Parry - SENDCO

Brief Profile

Cat has worked in a wide range of educational settings in a variety of leadership roles that focussed on curriculum development and pastoral care. Prior to joining Linslade Cat was Head of Sixth Form at a large secondary school in Buckinghamshire where she was instrumental in raising aspirations and expectations of pupils at Post 16.

Cat joined Linsalde in 2017 as Head of Humanities when her son joined reception at local lower school. Cat has always had an interest in SEND and she became our SENCo in March on the day before ‘Lockdown One’. Through lockdown Cat was responsible for the very successful Parry Academy for key workers and she thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and challenge.

Cat loves her new role and is working hard to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to develop and succeed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PGCE Secondary - Leeds University

  • BSc Hons Geography and Sports Science- Loughborough University

2020 - Present: SENCo - Linslade School

2017 - 2020: Head of Humanities - Linslade School

2014 - 2017: Head of Sixth Form - Mandeville School

2012 - 2014: Head of House- Mandeville School

Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

  • SEND provision
  • Humanities faculty

Hobbies and Interests
  • Running (Cat is running two marathons in 2021)

  • Dressage

  • Exploring the countryside

  • French wine and cuisine