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Telephone calls are answered between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday but you may leave a message at any time.

If you wish to contact the school about your child or to report their absence please telephone or email:

0118 959 1868
[email protected]

Contacting staff by email:

To contact a member of staff please follow this format – staff first name initial, followed by surname, for example [email protected]



Alison Taylor

Teacher of Art and Technology

I am a teacher of Art and Technology. I enjoy educating students and enabling them to develop their skills in art and technology, showing them how they can use them in different future careers.

I have enjoyed introducing Photography courses in my previous school and aim to do that here at The Wren. It would be great to start a photography club and taking photographs of events around the school and document the schools transformation through time.

I achieved my degree at Loughborough University in 3D Design: Ceramics. I have plans to build on the 3D work in art and technology even creating pieces that can be displayed around the school for the benefit of the whole community.

I am a keen baker, knitter and upholsterer and look forward to start some interesting projects for the current cohort and create things that pupils can take home and share with their family.

I am lucky to have 7.6 as my tutor group. They are keen, bright and loving students who I can’t wait to see develop and blossom into young adults.



Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Teacher of MFL

Andrew is our teacher of MFL, currently teaching French at the Wren, with the aim to widen our department to include Spanish. Passionate about languages, he has found the benefits of being surrounded by different cultures and languages.

Andrew’s interest in languages began whilst working at one of his previous employments when he found it difficult to follow conversations due to his colleagues changing between languages. He decided it was time to take a journey into language study.

Andrew lived in Madrid for five years teaching English to Spanish A level students and to adults working within companies looking to improve their language abilities. After returning to the UK, Andrew specialised in working with SEN students, especially those with Asperger’s, ASD and ADHD.

Andrew’s aim is to bring languages alive to our students and inspire them to look broadly at the world of languages, with the hope that they choose to become fluent in other languages.



Bessie O’Brien

Subject Leader of PE

My goal as Subject Leader of PE is to continue to develop the department as The Wren grows; I want to ensure that students can be inspired through an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum.  I am excited that The Wren School teaches PE theory throughout the whole school and I believe this is an invaluable element of the curriculum and compliments the practical aspects; it also prepares students for healthy, active futures.  I am hugely passionate about extra-curricular PE and will endeavour to provide a range of after school clubs and competitive fixtures, alongside house events that students can enjoy; I hope that enjoyment will be at the heart of the department.

Personally, I am enthusiastic about all sports, with a real passion for football. As a huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur FC, I attend as many games as possible, whilst juggling the management of Aldershot & Farnborough District Boys U15 Team on Saturday mornings.  I am also a qualified referee.  Outside of school, I also enjoy spending time with my two dogs, going to the theatre, watching live music, attending the gym and socialising with family & friends.



David Zell

David Zell

Assistant head (Pastoral)

My head of year 7 pastoral role at the school entails working with students and parents to create a harmonious environment whereby all students are challenged, inspired and nurtured to achieve their best. It also involves me creating and leading on a fair and reasonable behaviour system which is also encompassed into my role as the lead of school council.

My head of PE role is to produce a creative and inspiring curriculum that challenges children to develop their skills and knowledge of physical education and the games that are played.

My community links role entails developing links with the community so that The Wren School is a school that supports the local community and as a global context, the wider world.

I am a keen sports enthusiast who not only likes attending sporting events but also likes to keep active and fit by regularly visiting the gym. I enjoy travelling and learning about the world around us. Being the owner of three cats, I can proudly say that I am a huge animal lover with my dream holiday being a safari to Africa.

See also: PE & Games

Diana Detterik

Diana Detterick

Deputy Head (Learning & teaching)

Diana has been a teacher of English for 15 years and is originally from the USA, where she taught high school English for five years. After moving to England, she taught in comprehensive secondary schools in London before taking up an Assistant Head of English role in Slough. After four years as a Head of English and two years as a senior leadership team member, Diana has joined us as our Assistant Headteacher.  Diana has also taught Media Studies and plans to run a film club for students…Wren Production Studios will launch in the Spring! Outside of school, Diana enjoys travelling (aiming to visit a new country every year), reading, films, walking and the theatre.

See also: English

Hayley Muse

Subject Leader of English

I am the subject leader for English at The Wren School. I have been teaching English for three years in Bournemouth and have recently moved to the area. I am going to be running a club where pupils can create a school newspaper and report on all the amazing things that the students get to experience and celebrate the achievements that they make.
Outside of school, I am a sports enthusiast who particularly loves playing netball to keep fit and let out my competitive spirit. I also enjoy learning new languages and reading (Of course!). My favourite book is Small Island by Andrea Levy and I will always love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits by Roald Dahl.


Jaqueline Johannesson

Jay Johannessen

Subject Leader for the Arts

I am the subject lead for the Arts at The Wren. I teach music and drama, and also arrange the extra-curricular music-based activities such as choir, school band and peripatetic instrument teaching. I have had a fantastic first year at The Wren School and cannot wait to see how the school will grow from year to year. My main instrument is the piano, but I also play guitar, flute and can make a noise out of most instruments! I love to sing, and am always singing around school. I will encourage the students to continue the ethos of singing that they have had at Primary School. I will be directing all the school productions and am very much looking forward to that part of school life.

See also: Performance

Joanne Juster


I have been a teacher of English for fifteen years at Gillotts School in Henley-on-Thames. During that time I held positions as Assistant Head of English and School Lead for Learning to Learn. In 2005 I was delighted to accept a position as the school SENCo. I am very excited to bring my skills to The Wren and join this school which is my local secondary school.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially in the great outdoors.

Joe Baker

Joe Baker

Subject Leader for Science

Joe graduated from Birmingham University in 1985 with a degree in Genetics. Joe spent 5 years working in finance and then 15 years as a community worker with a local church in West Reading, before training to become a Science teacher in 2005. Joe was Director of Sciences at Bulmershe School in East Reading for four years, where he led a large department and introduced several new courses for Science students. Joe believes that science education is about fostering the natural curiosity of students whilst introducing them to the scientific approach to enquiry and evidence, giving them the skills and confidence to interrogate accepted wisdom, and the claims of advertisers.
Joe spends Saturday mornings, and some afternoons, on his allotment listening to sport on the radio; this is also a good time to create think up inspiring ideas for communicating the wonder of the world around us.

See also: Science

Karin Kukkuk

Subject Leader of Humanities

I relocated to the UK from South Africa in 2000 and have been in the Reading area ever since.   I joined The Wren School in September 2016 as Leader of Humanities and PSHE.  I joined the school from Little Heath School, where I taught Philosophy & Ethics and led on PSHE for 14 years. I was also Leader of GCSE Child Development and established the course with an ever growing number of students opting for this course.  At The Wren School, I would like to ensure our students are enthusiastic about learning and fully informed when making choices for GCSE History, Geography and Philosophy & Ethics.  I envisage a PSHE programme that will enhance our students’ Skills for Life.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two adult daughters.  My husband and I enjoy travelling when we get the opportunity and love exploring the history of Europe.  In my spare time I enjoy doing Aquafit and Pilates.



Term Dates

Term 4
Mon 20 Feb – Fri 7 Apr 2017
Term 5
Inset day – Mon 24 Apr 2017
Tue 25 Apr – Fri 26 May 2017
Term 6
Mon 5 Jun – Tue 18 July 2017
Inset days – Wed 19 July + Thur 20 July 2017