Jen was born in Hampshire. On leaving college she studied BA Hons Surface Pattern Design at Swansea University, specialising in illustration and print. After leaving university, Jen worked as a freelance textile designer before training for a PGCE in Art and Design at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford. Jen has worked in several schools in Bedfordshire, undertaking various roles including gifted and talented provision whilst working alongside the senior leadership team, before becoming head of a large art department at Harlington Upper School. In 2015 Jen and her family relocated to live in Devon. Jen worked at Sidmouth College as Head of Art and Photography before being appointed as Assistant Principal in 2019. Jen joined Newton Abbot College as Assistant Headteacher in September 2021.
“I am delighted to join the team at Newton Abbot to be part of a college that continually drives for excellence, supporting all students to believe in themselves and their ability whilst instilling them with a strong sense of pride and belonging.
I am passionate about fostering positive relationships between parents, students, staff and the wider community through excellent communication and collaboration. My core values underpin my practice to ensure everyone is treated with kindness and respect. Every student deserves the very best school experience to provide them with the best possible life chances.”