Who's Who

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Stela Plamenova

Executive Headteacher of GANF

Palmenova Stela



I have worked in special education since 2003, beginning as a class teacher and then progressing into senior leadership. I have held senior leadership positions since 2010 with a particular focus on teaching and learning, project management and staff development. I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Pedagogy and two further professional development certificates in Autism from the University of Cambridge.






 Ashley Caress

Head of School - Ambergate


Kate White

Head of School - Sandon

Kate White



I have had the privilege of working for GANF since 2013. During this time I have experienced teaching across both schools, but predominantly I have been based at Ambergate. My subject specialism is PE and I studied this at the University of Northampton, gaining a BA (Hons).

I became Deputy Headteacher in June 2018 and my main responsibility is the day-to-day running of Ambergate. As part of this role I lead on staff and pupil timetables, absence management, health and safety and work closely with other leaders in regard to their role. I am a Specialist Leader of Education in conjunction with our teaching school (LEARN). I feel very passionate about providing a safe, happy and inclusive school environment where pupils can succeed at all levels through personalised learning.

Outside of school I enjoy playing lawn bowls and I am very proud to have represented my country in the sport.

I started teaching at Sandon school in 1998 and continue to be passionate about providing a balanced and holistic education for all of our learners. I have enjoyed teaching across all key stages on both Sandon and Ambergate sites.

I have been Assistant Headteacher of Sandon school for the last 2 years and am now Head of School with responsibility for the day to day running of Sandon site.  I am in charge of Education Health Care Plans and the Annual review process on Sandon site.

I have led Early years provision and Communication across both sites for the last 3 years and I am also responsible for PMLD provision on Sandon site. I am currently leading Curriculum on Sandon site with a focus on the ongoing development of a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum for all of our learners at Sandon.


I have a BEd(hons) teaching qualification and a postgraduate certificate in Autism from Northampton University and most recently a National professional Qualification for senior Leadership (NPQSL). 


 Alison Redfern

Assistant Headteacher of Ambergate/Senco

Alison Redfern

I graduated from Worcester University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and then went onto gain my PGCE from Nottingham Trent University.

I have worked in special educational needs all of my career and I started at Ambergate in 2013. Whilst being at Ambergate, I have taught across all of the four key stages and for the past two years my teaching commitments have been with the GCSE group.

During my time at Ambergate, I have gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education - Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development. This allows me to conduct a number of formal assessments and submit the required applications that allow the appropriate exam access arrangements to be put in place for individual students.

In February 2018, I obtained the National Award for SEN Coordination from Nottingham Trent University. My role as SENCO involves me conducting annual EHCP reviews for all of our students and liaising with a range of agencies to ensure that the appropriate level of support is provided.

In March 2019 I became a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) with the LEARN Teaching School Alliance. Last year I undertook the role of Specialist Partner in the LENS project which was a focussed school improvement programme whose main target was to improve outcomes for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools. I have also recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). 

Vicky Chapman

Assistant Headteacher of Ambergate

Vicky Chapman

I have worked at GANF since 2013. I studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, where I obtained a (BA Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree. I am a Specialist Leader of Education in conjunction with our teaching school (LEARN), and I have completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

I have had the pleasure of teaching both lower and upper school pupils at Ambergate, and within my role as Assistant Headteacher I support the everyday running of the school. As part of my role I am the curriculum lead for Ambergate and oversee subject leaders. I am in charge of pupil attainment and progress, ensuring that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order to progress and achieve to the best of their abilities. 

My role as Assistant Headteacher at Ambergate enables me to have an impact on the teaching, learning and assessment of pupils ensuring that the very best provision is being provided.



Sara Ellis

Assistant Headteacher of Sandon

Sara Ellis

I have worked for the Organisation since 2002 working firstly at Ambergate before moving across to Sandon School.

I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Studies in Education as well as a P.G.C.E for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which focuses on teaching Post 16 Students. I have studied Autism through Sheffield Hallam University and have more recently completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

Within my role as Assistant Headteacher I support with the everyday running of Sandon School as well as leading the Post 16 and Careers Programme.


I am in charge of attainment and pupil progress at Sandon ensuring that all pupils reach their full potential. I am also Enrichment Lead across GANF. 

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