Senior Leadership Team
- Category: Our School
Steve Clark – Headteacher
I took up post in June 2006 after teaching at four other schools, two in Wiltshire and two in Northamptonshire. I love teaching Science and ex-students have a range of stories about some of my more interesting experiments and my terrible handwriting. It is only recently that I have been diagnosed as dyspraxic, which means I would be on our Special Needs Register.
I live in Trowbridge and have two children and I enjoy everything involving two wheels! These involve a variety of cycles, and my Moto Guzzi motorbike which I have owned since 1983; hoping it will start ensures that I have a positive outlook on life.
At Melksham Oak Community School my aim is to combine our supportive and caring ethos with high standards using the latest facilities to enable us to be a centre of excellence for teaching and learning and become a great school.
Owen Vince – Deputy Headteacher
I have been working here at Melksham Oak since September 2010, after 13 years in another local school. I feel very fortunate indeed to have the chance to work with our fabulous young people, in such a wonderful environment as this, and to be able to contribute to the continuous development of our great school.
I live in Bradford on Avon with my wife and young sons, and away from teaching, I am a fanatical sportsman – in the sporting sense, it is on my bicycle that I'm at my happiest. My greatest achievements, closely followed by running the London Marathon in 2000, are having competed in three Etape du Tour races – these are one-day road cycling events in the Alps and take in many of the toughest mountain passes on the routes of actual Tour de France stages. Tough days, but ones which put many of the challenges faced by others into perspective. Creating opportunities for others to succeed at whatever level is what I love most about my job.
Charmian Jones – Assistant Headteacher - Child Protection
Jo Lawrence - Assistant Headteacher
As Assistant Head Teacher at Melksham Oak I have responsibility for the Curriculum and Sixth Form. I teach science to all year groups and Biology at A level. I taught previously in Swindon before joining the Melksham Community and have enjoyed the experience so much that I have now been part of this community for over 20 years. That does mean I now have teacher colleagues who were former students and also teach the sons and daughters of former students, this is a privilege although it does sometimes remind me of my age!
Aidan Blowers - Acting Deputy Headteacher
Nigel Reeves - Director of Resources
Katie Lambert - Assistant Headteacher - On Maternity Leave
I have been teaching here since 2006 and every day I love the job a little bit more. I went to George Ward School, going off to Warwick University to study for my degree, before joining the management programme at Barclays in London. Five years of power dressing, power lunches and “London life” weren’t enough to prevent me returning to my real loves: Melksham and teaching. So here I am.
I am boundlessly enthusiastic when it comes to my students; I believe every one of them has huge potential, and that my job is to help them realise it. I enjoy planning brilliantly engaging lessons, sharing resources and helping teachers to improve as well, which led to me becoming an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher). I now use my love of teaching and learning to support the school as an Assistant Headteacher on the Senior Leadership Team.
As an original Melksham girl I am very proud of the developments at Melksham Oak Community School. It’s lush.
I still live in the local area, with my gorgeous, clever girls. We’ve now been joined by Teddy Dunn – our crazy, beautiful little thing (he’s a boy, not a dog).
Jane Furnivall – Assistant Headteacher - SENCO
I was appointed the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Melksham Oak in September 2010. I have previously taught in Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire and the United States of America and have been involved in working with pupils with Special Educational Needs since 1991.
In my role as SENCO I am committed to providing an inclusive curriculum and appropriate high quality education to all pupils, whatever their needs and abilities. I understand that school can be challenging for some pupils and believe an important part of my role is to guide them through in the best possible way. I feel that all pupils need someone to champion their cause so that they have access to a nurturing, exhilarating and positive learning experience.
I am incredibly lucky to work with staff who are totally committed and dedicated to supporting the future generation. Each day is different and comes with its own challenges and rewards but I thoroughly love coming to school every day and consider myself very fortunate to have such a fulfilling occupation.
Steve Phillips - Assistant Headteacher - Head of 6th Form
I have taught in Melksham since January 1999 through the great days at George Ward and the even better days at MOCS. My recent promotion from Lead Teacher to Assistant Head with responsibility for Post 16 education at MOCS brings lots of new and exciting challenges which I’m eager to get stuck into. My passion for teaching and learning is my drive to make sure that every student in my care becomes the best version of themselves they can be.
My passions outside of school mainly rotate around sport and in particular rugby. After playing for many years all over the world, I now coach adults, Colts and my son’s junior at a local club outside of Bath; this takes up a lot of my free time but I love it….my long suffering wife is not so enthusiastic. When time permits (and the rugby season is over) I love to travel with my family, the more exotic and hotter the better!
Mark Surowiec - Assistant Headteacher
I love working in education because I get to use my experiences to make a difference with young people in the hope that they progress to lead rewarding, enjoyable lives, whatever they choose to do. I believe that learning is an essential activity that begins in childhood but should carry on throughout our lives - my grandmother is in her 90's and is always telling me about new things she has learnt!
I joined Melksham Oak in January 2017 having taught in three other comprehensive schools. I grew up in Bradford on Avon so Wiltshire is familiar territory, although I have spent a good deal of my life living, studying and working in cities (Manchester, Bristol and then seven years in London). I now live in Devizes and commute to work by bicycle as often as possible.
It is through learning and doing new things that we leave our “comfort zones” and feel challenged. I’m trying to learn the guitar when it is possible to grab a few minutes away from teaching, road cycling and family time with my wife and two daughters.