Who we are
Click on the names below for more information about our experienced practitioners and leaders
Kath Beck is a freelance education consultant currently working mostly with the nursery school headteachers in Tower Hamlets, and headteachers in Newham and Essex.
She believes firmly that all children should have access to rich and engaging experiences throughout their education. They have only one chance and it should be the best.
Kath has been the headteacher of two large primary schools, the Chair of Governors of a secondary and primary school, and a free-lance inspector. As a contractor, and deputy director of an inspection provider Kath worked closely with HMI.
Kath likes to travel. On a recent trip to Australia, she was amazed to find the hotel in the middle of the outback had no knowledge of her booking. Fortunately a room was found because it was a long and dangerous walk to the next one!
Lynn Cottle is the head teacher of Alice Model Nursery School in Stepney and executive head teacher of Columbia Market Nursery School in Bethnal Green. Columbia Market Nursery School, which is housed a listed wooden building, was built in the 1930’s as part of the experimental open air schooling. The nursery continues this today with its amazing outside area where children experience forest school, mud kitchens, and grow vegetables.
Alice Model was a pioneering campaigner for mothers and children’s welfare, who opened a nursery in 1901. We continue her valuable work today as a national support school. Alice Model Nursery School offers a rich range of learning experiences and is committed to learning together.
Lynn is a National Leader of Education. For the majority of her career Lynn has worked in Newham and Tower Hamlets. Previously she was a deputy head teacher of a primary school. Lynn is passionate about working in partnership with staff and parents to ensure high quality play based on real life experiences.
Becky Dolamore is the head teacher of Rachel Keeling Nursery School in Bethnal Green. Rachel Keeling is a highly creative school and an exciting place to learn. The child’s voice is at the heart of Rachel Keeling and a love of learning is fostered.
Becky has been a teacher in Tower Hamlets for nearly twenty years in primary and early years. Becky was a trailblazer for the forest school movement in Tower Hamlets and is passionate about storytelling and story acting with young children.
Becky lives in London with her two children and is an award winning hospital radio presenter.
Sarah Helm is the head teacher of Old Church Nursery School in Stepney.
After teaching for many years in primary schools she became a Maths Consultant working across Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. It was during this time that she began to specialise in Early Years.
After visiting Denmark, to look at Forest Schools, Sarah and her staff became convinced that the philosophy behind early education in Denmark had much to offer inner city children in London. The idea that young children were “competent beings” capable of leading their own learning, gaining self-esteem and confidence in a natural environment was compelling.
Sarah lives in London with her family and far too many animals!
I am currently enjoying being the Head teacher of Harry Roberts Nursery School. Having trained in Scotland, I then moved to East London and I have taught in several schools, over the last thirty years there.
In more recent years, I have specialised in Early Years, which I love because I believe strongly if we get it right in the early years we set children up well for the best start in life.
My other educational interests include supporting bilingualism, special needs, learning through play and working with parents. I am also regular Tweeter!
Harry Roberts Nursery is a larger than average nursery school in Mile End with approximately 100 children. The children learn through play supported, by skilled practitioners and enjoy a high quality learning environment indoors and outdoors.
Chris Lewis is the head teacher of Children’s House Nursery School in Bow.
Children’s House operates out of a listed building and has a rich and colourful history of which the staff are very proud. The school was opened by HG Wells in 1931 and has played host to many visiting dignitaries, including Mahatma Gandhi.
Children’s House is a dynamic learning community where children, families and staff have access to rich and exciting experiences. All staff have developed expertise in rapidly developing children’s speech and language by adopting an approach which engages the whole family.
Previously, Chris worked in the field of special educational needs. She is a qualified teacher of the hearing impaired and has additional qualifications in audiology and early years.
She has been a borough head of sensory services, head of a unit for deaf children, and an inclusion consultant and can offer advice and support on including children with a range of additional needs.
At Children’s House we may think about what children will become tomorrow, but we never forget that they are someone today.