Stephen Lowe – Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
After graduating from the University of Greenwich, London in 1990, Steve worked as a PE teacher, lead for PSHE and Deputy Head of House before moving on to a curriculum leadership role at a large secondary school in Reading in 1993; Steve took on a pastoral role as Head of Year in addition to his post as Head of Department in his final 2 years in Reading before moving to a senior leadership role in Swindon in 1997 where he took up the post of Senior Teacher. Steve was internally appointed to the post of Assistant Headteacher and then Deputy Headteacher in 2013.
In 2004 Steve completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship [NPQH].
In 2016, Steve was seconded by Swindon Local Authority to support its Education Other than at School provision as Associate Headteacher and supported the service out of special measures.
Steve was appointed as Headteacher at the Oxfordshire Hospital School in September 2018 and is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Steve is a keen sportsman and enjoys the outdoors.
Cairo Bailey – Leader of Learning, Outreach Teaching Service
Cairo completed her degree in English and Linguistics in Bristol before moving to Cheltenham to complete her PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire. From here Cairo taught English and Drama in two mainstream secondary schools before moving to a Special School for boys with Autism; Cairo was the Senior Teacher in the school and had overall responsibility for support staff, Literacy across the curriculum and KS3 nurture groups. She gained an extensive knowledge of Autism and Special Educational Needs and saw an opportunity at OHS as a chance to broaden her knowledge of pupils with medical needs. Cairo started at OHS in January 2014, teaching in OTS and the following year was promoted to Senior Teacher. In 2016, she was appointed as Leader of Learning for the Outreach Teaching Service.
Cairo feels passionately about supporting vulnerable learners and in her role has been able to support families as well as local schools to improve outcomes.
In her spare time Cairo likes spending time with her young family and finding opportunities to have tea and cake.
Lauren Bartle – Leader of Learning, Children’s Hospital Teaching Setting
Lauren completed a degree in English Literature at Reading University before completing a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. Lauren taught English in two secondary schools in Berkshire and had additional responsibilities in her role as Literacy Across the Curriculum Coordinator, Key Stage 3 Coordinator and Second in Department. Lauren completed a Masters degree in Education at Reading University. She then moved to Oxfordshire to begin teaching at Oxfordshire Hospital School, where she is Leader of Learning.
Lauren Beer – Leader of Learning, The Highfield Unit
Lauren completed her degree in English Literature and History at Sussex University and then moved back to Oxford to complete her PGCE at Brookes University. She taught in two mainstream secondary schools and, during this time, she was House Coordinator and a PGCE Mentor. She joined Oxfordshire Hospital School in 2015 and was appointed to the role of Leader of Learning for the Highfield Unit in 2016. She is currently working towards the completion of her NPQSL and her SENCo qualification. Lauren has a particular interest in working with mainstream schools to successfully reintegrate young people with mental health needs.
Lauren’s favourite thing to do is to spend time with her cats.
Laura Campbell – School Business Manager
Laura moved to Oxford after completing a science degree at the University of Southampton. She has worked in Oxfordshire schools since 2004, first in a children’s centre then a primary school before joining OHS in 2014. She has also been a governor at her local primary school. Laura has a Certificate in School Business Management (CSMB), is Level 4 AAT (accounts technician) qualified and is a Prince2 Practitioner (Project Management). She is one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads at OHS and is the school’s Data Protection Officer. Laura meets regularly with School Business Managers from Hospital Schools around the country.
When not at work Laura likes to read books, play outdoors and avoid doing housework.
James Shryane – Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion and Safeguarding
James completed both his degree in Mathematics and PGCE at the University of Leeds before embarking on his teaching career in a range of secondary schools across Oxfordshire. He spent 21 years teaching mathematics and computer science acting as Head of Department, Strategic ICT Lead, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO in an Ofsted Outstanding school. In 2016, after experiencing hospital education from a parent’s perspective, he joined the Oxfordshire Hospital School where his work on safeguarding helped move the school from special measures to outstanding in just nine months. He is particularly interested in the way information technologies can be used to enhance teaching and learning and has led the OHS’s telepresence robot project, enabling children undergoing medical treatment to attend lessons in their home schools remotely. James is parent governor in a local special school and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. James is a Director of the National Association for Hospital Education.
Helen White – Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Designated Teacher for LAC, Strategic Lead for Teaching, Learning & Assessment
Helen completed her degree in food studies at the University of Leeds before working in industry in London. Helen completed her PGCE at the University of Lancaster and spent 15 years working as a primary teacher, science subject lead and KS2 lead in mainstream settings. Helen joined the OHS in 2004 as a teacher at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre before being internally appointed to Head of Sector at the Children’s Hospital, Helen House Hospice and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in 2012. Helen completed a Master’s Level qualification in Special Education Needs and Inclusion at Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the Oxfordshire Special Schools Deputies and Oxfordshire Special Schools Data Users Groups. Helen was appointed Assistant Head Teacher in 2016 and is the strategic lead for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Helen was the SLT strategic lead on the successful validation of Artsmark Gold, Investors in Pupils and the Enhanced Values based Education Quality Marks and has a particular interest in forging creative partnerships to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for pupils at OHS; these include Oxford Museums, County Music Service, Read for Good and Community Albums. Helen is currently studying for her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).