Meet The Headteacher

Meet The Headteacher

Laura Horne – 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”.

Meet The Team

Mike Deacy – Principal

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 Principal, overseeing both Red Moor and Oak Tree School and two 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.

Ashley Bradshaw – Deputy Head

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.