Mr S. Rhodes: Vice Principal 9-16
"Some might say that sunshine follows thunder, go and tell it to a man who cannot shine….” All children deserve the opportunity to be the best that they can be and have life changing experiences in education. Every child has the potential to be brilliant at something and it is our responsibility to help them realise this. Children only go past this point once in their life and every opportunity must be seized. I was born in Chesterfield and have worked in Rotherham (at Thrybergh) since September 2003, when I started here as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Geography. I have had a range of roles at Thrybergh including Head of Humanities, Assistant Headteacher and more recently Vice Principal. It is an honour and a privilege to work at Thrybergh and be part of this wonderful school. Outside of school, the vast majority of my time is spent with my two boys, which normally involves activities such as playing football, watching football, going to parks and play areas and visiting different places. I love most sports, particularly Football and I am a massive Sheffield United fan and go to watch them whenever I can. My playing days are just about over, but still have a run out whenever possible. I love listening to music, particularly Oasis and any other ‘Brit Pop’ esque music. More recently I listen to the Arctic Monkeys and the Courteeners, however my boys force me to listen to One Direction and Taylor Swift (they have a lot to learn!).
Miss M. Diskin: Assistant Vice Principal (Teaching & Learning)
Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to develop and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. My aim is to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. It is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs to instil a love of learning. I qualified as a teacher in 2002. Since then, I have worked in a variety of schools, both in Britain and Australia; in addition to volunteer work in Fiji and The Cook Islands. This has allowed me to work with young individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds with varied emotional, social and educational needs. It has been my honour to be part of these young peoples’ journeys, and I have used these experiences to enrich the learning of our students at Thrybergh Academy. As John F. Kennedy said, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” Therefore, in my spare time I ensure that I visit the gym regularly and walk my gorgeous French Bulldog, ‘Neo'.
Ms F. Whayman: Assistant Vice Principal (Alternative Provision)
“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” S. Gudder. Helping students to feel confident in your subject and ensuring that they are never scared to get it wrong, are two of the most important responsibilities of a teacher. As well as teaching Maths, I now enjoy the responsibility of ensuring that our most vulnerable students receive the best education possible and that we help them overcome any barriers to learning that they may have.
I moved to Sheffield from Loughborough when I was 18 to study a Degree in Mathematics (because it’s the best subject!). I have never left South Yorkshire and I am now in my tenth year of teaching! My favourite hobbies are playing the piano, cooking, reading, going out with my friends and walking my beautiful golden Labrador.
Mr J. Bedford: Assistant Vice Principal (Progress)
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert Einstein. All students should have the opportunity to exceed their potential and to be well prepared for whatever challenges life throws at them. I'm originally from Derbyshire and moved to Sheffield in 1998 to study a degree in Environmental Science. I have been teaching in South Yorkshire for 12 years now in a variety of roles such as Head of Science, Faculty Leader, Assistant Headteacher and I am delighted to join Thrybergh Academy this year. Outside of school I love to spend time outdoors with my two children and keep active in a range of sports including triathlon, mountain biking and kayaking. I need to just to keep up with the kids!