In addition to our wonderful students, we have a fantastic staff team, led by an experienced Senior Leadership Team, who work collaboratively to provide our students with the best possible educational experience. Members of Red Moor’s Senior Leadership Team are:
Laura Horne – Headteacher
Meet The Headteacher
With a wonderful 16 years working in education settings, Laura started with her BA in Primary Education in Birmingham where she taught at an inner-city primary school for three years. Following her move to Cornwall in 2008, Laura continued her education journey working as a Key Skills Lecturer at Truro College before moving to the Alternative Provision Academies (APA) in Cornwall as the Acting Teacher in Charge at the New Horizons Nurture Group for a year and a half.
Laura then completed her Master’s in Education and her NPQH whilst working at our sister school; Oak Tree School, where she was Deputy Head for 6 years. Laura’s vast experience sees her very well placed to lead the team at Red Moor School.
Laura is wholly committed to ensuring that every child and young person that enters Red Moor School experiences the opportunities and success they deserve, in both their educational achievements and their social and emotional development.
Laura said “We want every young person who comes through the doors at Red Moor School to believe that anything is possible. Then we will support them on their journey to achieve their dreams. Many children joining us will have sadly experienced nothing but failure in their previous educational settings. At Red Moor, our promise to our children is that we will deliver the education which is right and personalised for them. We will encourage them to push their own boundaries, provide an engaging curriculum, and motivate and inspire them to achieve. Our aim is to ensure that our children will experience success, be confident and have great self-esteem, so that when they leave us they have the same great opportunities as others as they move on to further education, employment or training”.
Ashley began his teaching career 11 years ago as a secondary school PE teacher in Cornwall. After a couple of years in mainstream and a meeting with a young student with autism, Ashley decided that he wanted to change his direction from mainstream and support students with autism and associated barriers to learning. Ashley relocated to Birmingham and worked for 3 years and started his transition learning how to support students with severe and complex learning difficulties.
After 3 successful years in Birmingham Ashley had a short career break going on an extended honeymoon travelling Indonesia and Australia. On his return Ashley joined Oak Tree School as an autism specialist teacher and worked in a range of classes before joining the senior leadership team overseeing the school curriculum, admissions and leading the whole school improvement on its autism provision. During this time Ashley also completed a post graduate Diploma in Autism and is now working with the autism trust as a trainer and also developing the training resources and programmes for the UK and Dubai.
Ashley is passionate about working with children and giving them skills and resilience to succeed in the world around them.
After leaving the Royal Air Force in 1998, Quentin gained an Honours degree in Youth and Community work and in 2005 went on to complete teacher training. In a 16 year teaching career, he has taught RE, Geography, Sociology, German, and PE. Quentin was part of the ‘Future Leaders’ fast-track school leaders programme delivered by the National College of School Leaders. He served on the leadership of a mainstream school in West London until 2010 when he became the founding Headteacher of an AP Free School in Reading. Quentin is passionate about closing the achievement gap and founded Gap Education, a Community Interest Company in 2013. For the next 4 years Quentin supported schools across England in closing the ‘gap’, before helping to found a new All-through Free School in Slough where he worked as Assistant Principal until 2020. Quentin joined Red Moor School in the Autumn of 2020 having relocated with his family to Cornwall from Reading. He is wholly committed to the idea that school will enable every student at Red Moor to have the right support and opportunities to become the best that they can be. Quentin is a keen runner and cyclist and also a qualified FA Referee and Ski Instructor.
After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a First Class Degree in Sports Education, Sam began coaching a range of different sports to students with SEN. It was here that his love for working with students with SEN started to grow.
Sam is also a keen Mathematician and during his time at university he was employed as a Maths and English tutor where he worked with a wide range of students aged 5-16.
5 years ago Sam relocated to Cornwall and began his educational journey in schools as a TA at Oak Tree. Whilst at Oak Tree, Sam completed both his Initial Teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teacher training before taking on the role of Designated Teacher for Children in Care, a role that he is still incredibly passionate about and continues to carry out at Red Moor School.
Sam is also a Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner and is wholly committed to ensuring that all students feel safe, secure and happy to come to school every single day by the school providing a supportive, loving and caring environment.
Mike has been a qualified teacher for 19 years and has gained a wealth of experience working with children and young people with special educational needs in both mainstream and special education. Mike qualified as a teacher of secondary Science but has also taught ICT, PE and Photography over Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Mike opened Oak Tree School in Threemilestone near Truro, for its first children in September 2014 as Headteacher. Mike has now moved on to become our Regional Director, overseeing both Red Moor and Oak Tree School and three children’s homes. Mike is committed to providing the very best education and care for every child that he works with. Mike is proud to lead a team that supports some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Cornwall, helping them raise their aspirations and achieve their true potential.