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James Robins

Co-Founder, Director of Operations and Conservation Specialist

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For the past 18 years James has worked, studied and travelled to six different continents. His passion for nature has driven him to successfully complete three top class degrees in conservation and environmental sciences. His education, working and life experiences have given him a clear understanding of the importance and value of nature and how it positively impacts our everyday lives.

 

James is dedicated to enriching the lives of future generations through educating them in the benefits to conserving the natural world alongside helping them to be inspired by the outdoors.

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Ben Kruze

Co-Founder, Director of Education and Specialist Educator

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After studying at both Lancaster and Warwick university, Ben continued his passion for education in the classroom where he has held a number of Lead positions. His extensive experience as a Head of Maths and Outdoor education, alongside becoming a 11/13+ specialist at two top Prep schools, has provided the platform to becoming a well respected Consultant and Specialist Tutor. Ben has spent many years supporting students with SEN alongside their families and schools in preparing them for their next steps. He has specialised in school transitions and lead many successful programmes, whilst also supporting school staff with adapting their delivery methods and the creation of bespoke curriculums for students with SEN.

 

His life long dedication to sport and health has further enhanced his passion for the outdoors and preserving the world around us. Ben's positive demeanour and strong desire to treat every child as an individual, alongside his fun practical teaching style has seen many students thrive and love learning. Member of SEC (Society of Education Consultants)

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Anton Keyte

Mentor and Outdoor Educator, Head of Reporting

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Anton has worked in education for 18 years within mainstream schools and schools for pupils with SEN where he trained in the use of Makaton sign language. He worked mainly in Early Years and Key Stage 1. For the last few years he has also gained experience across Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. Anton loves to educate pupils in a fun and engaging way. He has always felt that pupils get the best results if they are given a chance to learn in an exciting environment where they enjoy themselves whilst learning.

 

He spent 5 years working as a Special Constable for Warwickshire Police. Having dealt with a wide range of policing incidents,  he developed his people skills, managing challenging situations that often required quick thinking and a calm approach. As a keen cyclist and walker, Anton sees Flourish as an ideal setting for him to combine his passion for the outdoors with the education of pupils.

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Alice Crothall

Team Leader, Mentor, Outdoor Educator and Play Therapist

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Alice has been an early years and primary school practitioner working in both the UK and Australia for over 10 years. Alice is passionate about empowering children’s self-esteem and working with a focus on pastoral care, viewing each child as an individual with their own personality and emotional wellbeing.

Alice has a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Degree and recently qualified as a PTUK accredited Therapeutic Play Practitioner, Alice is now working towards her final Post Graduate year of Play Therapy. Play Therapy uses the language of children and young people ‘Play’ as their own creative expression to explore an insight of self-awareness and the ever changing life experiences.

Alice has passion for the outdoors and believes in using nature as a tool for supporting mental health and well-being, combined with a strong sense of empathy-based practice makes Flourish at the Farm a perfect environment for her skills and interests.

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Krista Harvey

Outdoor Educator and Specialist Thrive Mentor  

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Krista has been working with children,  supporting their social and emotional needs for over 10 years in diverse settings. She became a Thrive Practitioner in 2016 and went on to beome the lead Thrive Practitioner in her previous setting.

 

Krista has supported children with SEN individually and in small groups. She loves seeing children develop and gain self esteem in different environments and has a love for outdoor learning.

Krista is a Children's and Adolescent's counsellor and has a passion for supporting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in children and young people.

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Kieran Williams

Mentor and Curriculum Lead 

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Kieran recently graduated from the University of Worcester, where he spent four years studying primary and outdoor education as well as a PGCE. He is a qualified primary school teacher and a has a love for the outdoors. These experiences are what motivated Kieran to advance his education and experience in the SEND field and what drew him to Flourish.

Additionally, for the past ten years, Kieran has worked and volunteered for the national trust. He has experience working on several properties and has delivered and planned events and welcomed guests.

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Deborah Chowdhury

Mentor, Sensory Development Lead and Arts Award Co-ordinator

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Deborah has been working with children, supporting their social and emotional needs for over 15 years in diverse settings. She became a very successful TA and went on to become specialist 1:1 support for students with complex needs in her previous settings.

 

Deborah developed many forward-thinking strategies to support children with SEN, both individually i and in small groups. She loves seeing children develop and gain self-esteem in different environments and has a love for outdoor learning.

Deborah is embarking on more studies in the area of children's sensory development and is playing a key role in ensuring the environment at Flourish at The Farm, meets the needs of all our students.

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Josie Gayton

Outdoor Educator and Sensory Development Support  

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Josie has always shown a desire and natural aptitude for supporting students with additional needs. Josie has gone from strength to strength, whilst being a part of the team at Flourish at The Farm. Her knowledge base and incredibly nurturing character has allowed her to successfully work with a wide variety of students, many with complex needs.

 

Josie has a keen interest in children's sensory development, which has directed her most recent studies. This has allowed her to become an integral part of ensuring the environment at Flourish at The Farm is constantly updated to meet the needs of all of our students.

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Kim Price

Lead Administrator, Head of Compliance, Mentor

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Kim, since leaving school, has always worked in an office environment, as an office manager. She has been a PA to many members of senior management and company Directors, amongst other roles, within the insurance industry. This has resulted in Kim gaining a wealth of administrative knowledge and organisational skills. She enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for her work, so jumped at the opportunity to join the Flourish at The Farm team and transition into the world of education, where she has quickly become another highly valued member of the team. Kim joined the team at Flourish at The Farm in January 2021

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