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Mr Phil Swallow

Director of Nucleus 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 throughout my differing roles duing 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 and approaches to teaching Science.

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Miss Ellie Duncan

Deputy Director of Nucleus STEM

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 across the world.

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Mr Steve Panes

Nucleus STEM Lead Practitioner

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 completed several cycle events including London to Brighton. I am soon to complete my first triathlon and aim to complete a half marathon in the near future.

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Mr Saranyan Manohar

Nucleus STEM Lead - Mathematics

During my time in Sixth Form, I would often help out and assist in GCSE classes. This was where I first got the idea of teaching. After studying Mathematics at Keele University, I completed my teacher training here at Northampton Academy. I have a strong passion for Maths, and I strive everyday to instil this in all of my students. I am extremely excited to be the STEM Lead for Mathematics, and hope to continue to nurture the mathematical curiosity of our students.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing football and am a sports fan in general. I enjoy playing the piano in my spare time, and I love to travel as much as possible and experience different cultures.

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Mrs Samantha Staff

Nucleus STEM Lead – Computer Science

I am originally from Newcastle and moved down south in 2008, after completing my degree in Web Design at the University of Teesside. My dissertation focused on building an educational system in STEM subjects for Primary School students. Since moving down south I have worked in schools in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton. I originally trained as an ICT teacher but later found my love for Computer Science.  

When I am not teaching I am a regular camper with my husband and daughter. During the summers we love to travel the UK exploring the different areas. I love experimenting with new food and tasting the variety of cuisines.

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