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Staff: Services

Meet The Team


Dave Parrish,


MA Education Studies,

Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination,

BSc (Hons) Open, 

PGCE Secondary, ICT

Dave has worked in secondary education for 15 years gaining extensive experience teaching and leaderships in both classroom and specialist settings.  He is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to succeed, no matter what barriers they need to overcome, supporting them to engage in their learning and achieve their full potential.


Sara O'Grady,
Deputy Headteacher
Maths Lead Teacher

BSc (Hons) Maths

PGCE Maths

Sara has 10 years experience of working in education. Sara has graduated from Manchester University in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics. She has taught maths at Key Stages 3,4 and 5.


Josh Carter,
Behaviour and Designated Safeguarding Lead

L3 Diploma Residential Childcare

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer

Josh has extensive experience of working with children and young people in both education and residential settings. This has included leading behaviour teams and teaching groups of students. He also leads our Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training programme.

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Vicky Thistlethwaite,
Citizenship and PHSE teacher

BA (Hons) Primary Education

Level 4 Diploma, Residential Care

Trained in Kim Golding, Attachment and Trauma

Vicky Graduated from Sunderland University, in 2020, with a degree in Primary Education. Vicky chose to work in residential care following leaving University as she is passionate about giving children with the highest needs to most help.  She's looking forward to using her experience of that in an educational setting where she feels she can really have an impact. 

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Amy Hook,
English Lead Teacher


BA (HONS) English Studies

PGCE English Secondary


Amy has 17 years experience of working in education. 

She graduated from Teesside University in 2004 with a degree in English Studies. 

Amy has experience teaching English at Key Stages 3 and 4


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James Fitzgibbon,
PE Lead Teacher,


 BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching 

PGCE Physical Education 


James graduated from Northumbria University in 2016 with a First Class honours in Sport Coaching. He is a qualified PE teacher with 7 years experience in schools, teaching Key stages 3 and 4 predominantly. James holds the accolade of ‘Invested Education table tennis champion’ and endeavours to improve sporting achievement across the school.


Kieth Smith,
Teacher and Wellbeing Lead


BA (Hons) Geography

PGCE Primary Education

Keith has been with Invested Education since January 2022.  He has more than 20 years previous experience working with young people in schools and enjoys his current  role in developing an holistic approach to education with a particular focus on the wellbeing of the students and staff at Invested Education.

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Faith Brodie,
Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Faith has joined Invested Education as part of her teaching assistant apprenticeship. She has experience in a wide range of working environments and is excited to build her career as part of the Invested team.

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