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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.

 

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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Emily Myerscough

Performing Arts / LAMDA Specialist, Lead Educator and Coordinator of the Arts

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Emily has been teaching drama and performance technique to children of all ages for over 10 years. As an experienced classroom drama and LAMDA teacher, she has helped young people to build their communication and performance skills and boost their self-esteem and confidence.

 

Emily now runs a theatre workshop business called Green Room which specialises in providing performance workshops and event entertainment. They are now offering acting and performance workshops during the school holidays and term time as part of the Flourish at the Farm Team.

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Russell Brotherston

Specialist in Mental Health Recovery/First Aid Training and Self-Defence Training

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Russell is an experienced self-defence and first aid trainer who has spent 10 years working in rehab and recovery in the mental health services For the past 8 years he has also been running his own self-defence school. Russell has become an all rounder believing that every student deserves an individual approach.


During his time working in rehab and recovery, Russell specialised in teaching cooking and physical health. After this Russell qualified as a self-defence and first aid trainer, involving an ever-growing knowledge of UK self-defence law. He works with many schools across the Midlands delivering anti-bullying, first aid, confidence building and team building sessions.

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Linzi Sanders

Head of Early years, Speech and Language Specialist, Training Co-ordinator

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Linzi is an experienced teacher specialising in creativity and outdoor learning within the Early Years/Key Stage 1 curriculum. After studying Early Childhood Development and Primary Education Studies at Worcester University, she worked in an innovative Primary School where she helped to implement a Reggio Emilio style of teaching and learning - this work helped to inform the implementation of the current Early Years Foundation Stage. She then joined Warwickshire advisory team, which was responsible for raising standards in LA Primary Schools, independent Schools and Nurseries. 

Linzi worked with Speech and Language specialists to implement training programmes for schools to develop children's communication and language skills. During this time she also engaged in a variety of projects including the introduction of 'Forest School' to schools and settings.

Linzi believes in looking at the whole child and finding ways to deliver learning environments, which they enjoy, develops confidence and enables them to achieve their goals.

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Anton Keyte

Practitioner and Outdoor Educator

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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

Practitioner, 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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Abigail Brind

Practitioner, Outdoor Educator and Creative Specialist

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During her Gap Year Abbie volunteered to teach at a rural school in India and travelled to Canada to gain work experience in an inner city school. This developed her interest in international education, combining her love of travel and education.

 

In 2017, she was awarded BA in Education and PGCE, with Art specialism at Bath Spa University. During her study, she spent time researching in Denmark at a traditional Forest School which built a holistic foundation for her teaching philosophy and values. In addition, she participated in an academic exchange to study Education in America which further developed her understanding of different education systems, at the same time, building her understanding of the importance of creativity through her Art specialism.

 

After two years teaching and leading Art at a primary school in England, Abbie then moved to Italy to teach at an international school in Rome. In this time, she observed students' struggles in school accessing creativity, and the barriers to this. Now living in England, she has decided to pursue her passion for creativity, growth mindset and use her Art specialism, combined with an holistic outlook, to build confidence and foster creativity for the students at Flourish.

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Krista Harvey

Outdoor Educator and Specialist Thrive Practitioner  

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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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Kim Price

Lead Administrator, Head of Compliance Teaching Support

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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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Mark Kirby

Survival and Bushcraft instructor. Outdoor Educator and Disability Specialist

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Five years ago Mark broke away from a 9-5 desk job, as a Finance Manager, to go into youth and disability work, and set up a survival and bushcraft company, Survival 24:7. He completed a Woodland Wayer (2 year diverse education programme in survival and bushcraft skills, with Woodland Ways), various qualifications in youth work, autism and learning disabilities, as a Higher Learning Teaching Assistant and as an archery instructor, with Archery GB. 

 

He has been involved in leading outdoor education for an international Scouting jamboree, ILEAP and other disability groups, youth groups, private groups and now with Flourish at The Farm. Mark believes survival is a mindset where we "adapt our circumstances to transform our environment" (we all do this everyday without knowing it!) and uses this to encourage people to think outside their comfort zones, develop skills and be equipped, no matter their challenges, to re-imagine and be enabled to achieve, surviving 24:7!