At Invested Education we believe all young people have the right to an education. Our team of qualified and experienced staff are dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment where everyone can engage and achieve. Our staff are trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and we adopt a trauma informed approach. Several of our staff also hold qualifications in Mental Health First Aid.


David Parrish

Head Teacher

MA Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination, BSc (Hons) Open, 

PG Dip Education Studies,

PGCE Secondary, Information and Communication Technology

David has worked in secondary education for 15 years gaining extensive experience teaching in both classroom and specialist settings.   He also has a wealth of experience of pastoral leadership from being Head of House for 6 years and Head of Alternative Provision for 5 years at a large local secondary school.  David 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.

Josh Carter

Behaviour and Safeguarding Lead/DSL

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.

Alice Middleton

School Coordinator/English Lead Teacher

BA (Hons) English, PGCE Secondary English

Alice graduated from Durham University in 2011 and has taught in various schools across the Tees Valley. Alice has also taught Media Studies, Drama and Religious Education alongside 1:1 tutoring for students preparing for GCSE.


Vicky Malthouse

School Coordinator/Science Lead Teacher

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

PGCE Secondary Science 

Vicky Graduated from Newcastle University, in 2010, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She is a qualified secondary Biology teacher, with experience of teaching biology, chemistry and physics at Key Stage 3 and 4. Vicky also holds a basic expedition award and enjoys delivering the Duke of Edinburgh award.


Sara O'Grady

Mathematics Lead Teacher (Maternity leave)

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.


Keith Smith

Teacher and well-being lead

BSc (Hons) Geography 

PGCE Primary Education


Keith graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2000. He then began working in a mixed mainstream and Special Needs school in Middlesbrough. He has worked in several schools in the Tees area, mainly working with pupils with SEN and SEMH needs in KS1 and KS2. In 2017 Keith took up the role of Behaviour and Wellbeing Lead in a large Primary School. He is currently undertaking further training in Counselling.