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Mrs Shreeja Ashton

Director of Nucleus STEM

My passions for strong teaching and learning, high engagement in Science and equality in the education system have shaped my career path and professional development to date. My enthusiasm, attention to detail and forward planning, has enabled me to lead teams from early in my teaching career successfully. I have a passion for travel and work, which has led me to settle down in England from India, 20 years ago after meeting my husband.

I build upon my perception of my influence over factors that contribute to student learning. I graduated from Delhi University with a BSc Honours degree. Before completing my teaching qualification, I had also completed a Masters Degree in education. I was awarded the Jack Petchy Outstanding Leader of the Year in March 2008, in recognition of the work and support in developing staff.

My varied experience has equipped me with practical and social skills that time at university and school alone could not provide and I am thrilled to be leading Nucleus STEM Stream at Northampton Academy.

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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 spending time with my family adn children, and completing challenges and outdoor activities – cycling, running and walking. I have completed the National Three Peaks challenge in under 24 hours, and completed several cycling and running events. 

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Mrs Samantha Staff

Key Stage 3 Nucleus STEM Co-ordinator & Year 10 Tutor

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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Miss Hayley Davies

Head of Computer Science and E-Safety Lead, Year 9 Tutor

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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Mx Jess Skelton

Maths Teacher and Year 7 Tutor

I graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in literae humaniores (Latin, Greek, Philosophy, and Linguistics) and then decided to become a Maths teacher. I completed my teacher training here at Northampton Academy through Teach First and have loved my time here so far. The opportunity to teach straight out of University has allowed me to make deeper connections between my two academic passions: classics and maths. I am grateful to teach Latin as an extra-curricular club. It keeps my linguistics skills up to scratch and offers students a unique perspective by learning an ancient language. I am excited to be a part of the STEM Stream and to foster a love of learning in the students here at Northampton Academy.  

Outside school, I like knitting (mostly socks) and riding my bike. In addition, I play the piano and violin and, on occasion, do some somewhat questionable singing.

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