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Mr Phil Swallow

Director of STEM

After studying Physics at the University of Manchester I completed my teacher training in Brighton.  I have been teaching for 13 years now and although I have had differing roles during my career I have always been, first and foremost, a passionate teacher and advocate of Science.  Throughout my time teaching I feel have I evolved from being a Physicist into a Science Teacher. The opportunity to lead the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream is a huge honour and one that I am tremendously excited about.

When I am not at school I am a keen golfer and sports fan.  I also enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction about new and exciting discoveries in Science and exciting new approaches to teaching it.


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Mrs Louise Swallow

STEM Leader - Maths

I originally trained at Coventry University in Dance and I worked as a Dance Teacher for the first 7 years of my teaching career.  Sadly, I had to give up both dance and other sporting activities when I had to have reconstructive surgery on my knee.  At this point I decided to specialise in Mathematics.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the change and have taken my teaching skills from the very practically based dance curriculum into mathematics.  It has been challenging but has also allowed me to approach the teaching of Maths in a different way which has enabled me to become highly adept at explaining some of the more difficult concepts.

When I am not teaching I like to stay active and enjoy cycling and visiting the gym.  I also thoroughly enjoy baking (and eating) hence the need to ensure I do lots of exercise.

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Mr Steve Panes

STEM Leader - Science

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics. I have been teaching since I completed my PGCE at Nottingham Trent University in 2004 and have worked in schools in Milton Keynes and Northampton since then. I am a big advocate of STEM and am passionate about promoting STEM subjects in school – something I promoted in my previous role as Head of Science at a school in Milton Keynes. 

Outside of school I enjoy completing challenges and outdoor activities – cycling, running and walking. I have completed the National Three Peaks challenge in under 24 hours, and several cycle events including London to Brighton. I am soon to embark on my first triathlon and aim to run a half marathon in the near future. 

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Miss Ellie Duncan

Deputy STEM Leader - Science

After completing my degree in Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham, I became a Science teacher here at Northampton Academy. I have a passion for Biochemistry, and for my dissertation I studied the binding of a potential ovarian and breast cancer treatment drug to archaeal DNA, with a view to investigating how it binds to human DNA in the future.

I love to ride horses and play polo, and have two horses of my own at home. I also enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures and have visited many countries around the world.

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Miss Hayley Davies

STEM Leader - Computer Science

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Web Systems Design before studying to become a Computer Science Teacher. Throughout my school, college and university years, I noticed a very low percentage of females taking the subject compared to males. For my teaching year dissertation, I under took research into reasons why Computer Science is a subject girls don’t tend to choose and thrive in. I found that just being a good role model in this subject area can have a huge impact, and that is what I aspire to be to all students at Northampton Academy.

In my spare time I like to bake cakes and get creative with different crafts, from making candles to up-cycling furniture and I am currently learning new skills in the art of pyrography.

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