Our ambition is that every child in Medway enjoys an Outstanding Education

Our Team

We have a team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. We are all passionate about what we do and we make it our priority to deliver a high quality service, working towards achieving our vision that ‘every child in Medway enjoys an outstanding education.’ 


Esther Cook - Director of Medway Teaching School Alliance

Esther joined the team in September 2014 together with being Assistant Head of Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School.


Sarah Smith - Executive Support Officer for Medway Teaching School Alliance

Sarah started with the team in September 2012 and is initial point of contact for the Teaching School.  Sarah's role includes co-ordinating School Direct Teacher Recruitment, SLEs, School to School Support and CPD events (to name a few examples).


Oliver Burgess - MTSA Manager (CPLD and School to School Support)

Joined the team in June 2019, Oliver is an experienced leader who is supporting the teaching school in the management of our comprehensive CPLD offer and in supporting the work of our System Leaders.


Di Bowes-Read - Experienced mentor in our School Direct programme

Appointed as our ITT lead working with Sarah on School Direct, managing the cohorts of trainees.


Marie Holland - Experienced mentor in our School Direct programme

Joined the team in September 2019, Marie is leading on School Direct recruitment.  Working closely with our partner schools to support with recruitment and retention through the use of School Direct pathways.


Emma Henthorn - Finance Lead

Joined the team in 2017, Emma supports the Teaching School and Maths Hub in the management of our finances.