Mr Knight

VICE PRINCIPAL

Mr Knight grew up in Hampshire but moved to Kent following the completion of his BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education with qualified teacher status at Brighton University. 

He has worked in both Folkestone and Tonbridge before moving to Strood Academy and has significant experience in teaching and leading in a wide range of subjects across key stages 3,4 and 5.

As a senior leader Mr Knight has led on a wide range of areas including school culture and engagement as well as personal development and safeguarding. 

Mr Knight is Head of Trafalgar College with the oversight of whole school personal development and leadership of the sixth form. He is passionate about ensuring all students feel able to engage fully in their education through a strong sense of care, support and challenge. 

‘It is my absolute pleasure to oversee the sixth form provision here at Strood Academy’. Working alongside a fantastic team, our sixth form students gain the qualifications and experiences required to progress to the University or career of choice’. 

Miss Nasim grew up in Medway and went to Chapter School for girls where she completed her GCSEs and A levels. She completed her BSc Hons degree in Chemistry at Bangor University, North Wales and completed her PGCE at Goldsmiths University, London.

Strood Academy is the third school she has worked in and teaches students all all key stages. 

As a senior leader Miss Nasim has worked in developing the Science department when she first started in 2010 and continued leading in extra curricular activities to support teaching and learning.  She has led on developing training teachers through a range of teacher training schemes.

Miss Nasim oversees Sixth Form and the academic and personal development of Year 11 students into young adults ready to take on new adventures and challenges as these youngsters leave to go onto university, apprenticeships or employment.

‘I am honoured and privileged to be part of an excellent team working with the Sixth Form at Strood Academy.  It is a 2 year journey that I live and breathe with our students and I am grateful to share their experiences and be part of their journey.’

Miss Nasim

DIRECTOR OF SIXTH FORM

Mrs Beard

DIRECTOR OF PROGRESS

Mrs Beard grew up in Kent where she pursued her career in teaching after completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and Digital Culture Arts and Media. Initially starting her teaching at Canterbury High School Mrs Beard quickly became Head of Art and Design in her NQT year at The Hundred of Hoo School. As a middle leader she became Head of Faculty for Art Design and Technology at Strood Academy in 2014 to improve and secure results.

Mrs Beard is now The Director of Progress for Sixth Form where she establishes and maintains high expectations of students achievements and progress through effective target setting and strategic monitoring.

“It is an honour to work and mentor the aspiring individuals at our school. Participating in shaping young minds and implementing their individual goals, visions and aspirations is an amazing feeling and achievement.”

Ms Thomas grew up in London and moved to Kent 10 years ago. Although she initially began her career as an Personal Assistant within a large marketing company her work with a mental health charity for teenagers soon became her drive. After  retraining as a Transformational Coach and Safeguarding Officer she secured her first role within education as  Head of Year 10 at a local comprehensive based in South East London. After 4 years she moved on to the role of  Post 16 Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead  where she remained for 8 years. Her latest journey began with us at the beginning of the year.

Ms Thomas oversees all aspects of student well-being and offers our students opportunities that are not always accessible within the classroom. As a trained coach and mindfulness expert she is able to teach students how to manage and reduce their stress levels, encourage a growth mindset, help students set realistic goals and offer a nurturing environment to ensure that students feel safe, valued and looked after.

Ms Thomas also runs key programmes to help promote the growth and mindset of our female students as they prepare to navigate through life as young women outside of the classroom.

 As adults we often take for granted that our voice is loud enough to be heard. Young people sometimes feel unheard and I am fortunate enough to work in a school where I can create a platform where students build resilience, gain confidence and become well rounded adults. It is an honour to be part of this process.”

Ms Thomas

WELLBEING MANAGER