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Liz Cooper, Headteacher 

B.A( Hons) Psychology, PGCE, M.A  Educational management, M.Ed Special Needs


Liz is an experienced lead in both mainstream and special schools. She comes to lead The Austen Academy from Freemantles School – an outstanding Surrey Special school for Autism, where she has taught and been on senior leadership as an Assistant Head for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked in mainstream schools in UK and internationally and has over 20 years of working with young people with Autism.




Lisa Crompton, Deputy Head and SENCo 

BA Primary Education with Drama QTS and Master of Arts in Special Needs


Lisa has been teaching in both main stream and special school settings for over 18 years both in the UK and abroad. In her last post she helped start a new school in Dubai for children aged 3-16 and was Head of Inclusion and part of the Senior Leadership Team.  She is extremely passionate about SEN and in particular Autism and helping all students to be independent and confident learners no matter what challenges they may face.





Rich Bloomer, Assistant Headteacher

BSc(Hons) Psychology, PCET, NASENCO, M.Ed Autism


Rich has worked in schools supporting young people with autism for 14 years. He comes to Austen Academy from Chilworth House Upper School, a good Autism and SEMH school based in Oxford, where he was the Assistant Headteacher and SENCo. Rich has a real interest in computing and this was the main focus of his academic and professional studies. Using video games and gamification of learning to develop educational engagement for young people at Austen Academy.







                                                  Tamsin Ward, Assistant Headteacher 

M.Ed/PGCE/B.Mus/CMI level 5 coach


Tamsin has worked in middle and senior leadership roles in both mainstream and SEN schools. She is a Music specialist who is working towards The Austen Academy becoming a centre of excellence for the Arts. Tamsin also brings with her a range of experiences having worked as a Police Officer with whom she remains Special Constable. She is dedicated to prioritising student and staff wellbeing and is looking at new strategies for the Austen Academy community. As a trained coach she is driven towards supporting all young  people and colleagues to reach their full potential.






The Austen Academy Staff


Meet the staff at The Austen Academy