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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.

 

Victoria Chamberlain

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.

 

Joe Wilkinson

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.  

 

Simon Flack

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!

 

Sally Messenger

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.

 

Gemma Browne

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.

Victoria Nicholls

Subject Speciality: Dance

As a child I was born and lived in Dover.  I followed my dreams and auditioned for the London College of Dance, which resulted in achieving a BA Hons degree in Dance (Middlesex University) and associated dance teaching exams.  My performing career lasted for over 30 years and included professionally touring with a company, training as a stunt woman and working as an extra in film and TV.  Later, I returned to my studies and during this time, I gained a P.G.C.E in Secondary School Teaching as a Dance specialist from De Montfort University in Bedfordshire and a MSc in Dance Science from TrintyLaban the conservatoire in London.  I have several interests which range from snow-boarding, the theatre, Latin American dancing and horse riding.