Meet the Sixth Form Team
Jackie Walton -Director of Post 16 Studies
Subject Specialty: Psychology and English
I came to Kent in 1988 to study Psychology at The University of Kent and followed that up with a Post Graduate qualification in English Literature and Religious Education. In recent years I have also qualified as a yoga teacher. An avid reader, I often combine my interest in psychology and literature by reading a wide range of psychological novels. Outside of college, I have travelled widely; most memorably driving a Fiat Punto to Mongolia to raise money for charity.
Stuart Davies -Deputy Director of Post 16 Studies
Subject Specialty: History
I’m a former Astor College pupil who left in 2005. I completed a joint honours degree in History and Politics at the University of Kent. I’m a passionate Historian who has visited many historical places of importance including Auschwitz. I’m also a keen sportsman who has completed the London Triathlon and Milton Keynes Marathon.
Subject Speciality: ICT
Subject Specialty: Dance
I completed my BA Honours Degree in Education at Christchurch University and started working at Astor College in 2003. I am passionate about all aspects of the Performing Arts and am fortunate enough to have travelled the world as a result. I enjoy trips to the Theatre and spending time with my family and friends.
Subject Specialty: Geography
I was born in Zambia but have grown up in Kent. I have a degree in Earth and Ocean sciences from the University of Liverpool and went on to gain a doctorate in Environmental Sciences. I am passionate about marine conservation and my studies have enabled me to work on marine conservation and education programmes in a number of countries including Malaysia, Vietnam and The Philippines.
Subject Specialty: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Star Wars and Lego
Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Bradford in the dark ages. I have spent 20 years in industry working in fine chemicals and Pharmaceuticals before finally becoming a teacher. I tend to like all the geeky things, but still like football as well!
Subject Specialty: Media Studies
I have a degree in Media and Communication Studies from what is now called Birmingham City University and a Master’s Degree in Theatre and contemporary Performance from University of Hull. I am particularly fascinated by how and why we tell stories, and I love watching most genres of film and TV. I have experience of working as a director on a range of video productions for organisations including Tate Modern, NHS and Carlton TV. I have been teaching Media Studies since 1995.
Subject speciality: Psychology
I love to travel and am extremely passionate about mental health and raising awareness of it. I lived in Sri Lanka for four months and completed a graduate mental health programme where I led therapy sessions at the National Institute of Mental Health. Whilst in Sri Lanka I also taught English to disadvantaged children and young adults in temples, children’s homes and a cotton factory. It was this experience that inspired me to become a teacher.
Subject Specialty: Health and Social Care
I didn’t do very well in school, but made up for this in College where I resat my English, Maths and Science GCSE’s. I attended Christ Church University College in Canterbury where I completed by BSc Hons Degree in Health Sciences. I have experience teaching at secondary Schools and Further Education Colleges Health and Social Care as well as experience working in the care industry. I have two gorgeous boys who keep me busy when I am not at work, and I also practise martial arts in my spare time with my son.