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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 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

Key Stage 5 Engineering Co-ordinator and Year 12 & 13 Tutor

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

Key Stage 3 Nucleus STEM Co-ordinator & Year 9 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 10 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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Miss Charlotte Sands

Science Teacher and Year 8 Tutor

After graduating from The University of Leeds where I studied BSc Human Physiology, which is a branch of Biology focusing on the body during health and disease, I began teaching at Northampton Academy. I have a strong passion for Physiology and completed my dissertation on the role of calcium ions in the onset of multiple sclerosis. I love sharing my passion for Biology with students and aim to inspire more girls to follow a pathway into a STEM related career in the future.

Outside of school I enjoy running and yoga. I also love travelling to different places around the world, experiencing different cultures and foods (especially Spain to practise my Spanish)!

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