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
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.
Meet the staff at The Austen Academy