Meet the Staff
'One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.' Carl Jung
The New Forest Small School is run by Nicholas and Alison Alp who are both the Proprietors and Head Teachers. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding team of both full time and specialist teachers at our school….
The Head Teachers, Proprietors & Founders
Nicholas Alp - Head of Secondary – History, English & Psychology
Head of the Upper School, Nicholas, teaches in Primary (Science) and Secondary (English Literature, History and Psychology to GCSE level). He is a 1st Class Honours Degree graduate in European Cultural History. He also holds a Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education with the St. Nicholas Montessori College. He has taught at alternative schools in the U.S. and in Scotland. His passions are music, football, astronomy, science, art, photography, film, history, philosophy and of course, education.
Alison Alp - Head of Primary – Maths & Personal, Social, Health Education
Head of the Lower School, Alison teaches in Kindergarten; Maths and ‘Herstory’ in Lower Primary; Maths and PSHE in Middle Primary; PSHE/Human Biology in Upper Primary and PSHE in Lower and Upper Secondary, including sexual diversity and sexual health. She is writing and delivering the school’s PSHE/SMSC curriculum. Alison is the school’s Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer (DSL) and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO). She is a qualified Montessori Directress trained with the St Nicholas Montessori College. She has taught at schools in Scotland and London since 1990. Her passions are education, vegan ethics and nutrition, the natural world, alternative medicine, arts, crafts and dancing.
Alison and Nicholas are married, with 3 children.
The Kindergarten Team
Karolina Hudson – Lead Practitioner
Karolina is Deputy in Kindergarten and is our yoga and meditation teacher. She is a qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in English & Literature. She is a busy mum of 3 children, 2 of which have attended NFSS. Her hobbies include healthy eating, travelling, diving and yoga. Karolina also travels widely with her family, 2019 heralds a jungle expedition and diving in Malaysia!
Liz Hannam – Lead Practitioner
Liz Hannam is Deputy in Kindergarten. She holds a level 5 Foundation Degree in working with children and is passionate about spending time in nature, child-led learning and the importance of play.
Liz is a busy mum of three, she enjoys yoga, preparing feasts for her loved ones, forest walks with her dogs, pottering around the garden with her rescue hens and camping under the stars with friends.
Main School Teachers
Lorraine Brown - English, History & Religious Studies and Pastoral Practitioner
Lorraine teaches English Language to all pupils from Lower Primary to Lower Secondary. She also teaches English Literature and History in the Primary classes and Religious Studies to Lower Secondary. Lorraine started teaching in The London Borough of Redbridge, with a degree in Education from Birmingham University, in the 1980s. She became Head of Lower School English in a secondary school but then transferred to primary teaching to widen her experience of different age groups and approaches to learning. She is particularly dedicated to the ideas around metacognition and her teaching reflects her commitment to the importance of an individual’s awareness of self and how one’s attitudes towards self can affect motivation in learning. She is also a fully trained counsellor accredited through BACAP with The National Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
She believes that ‘Life’ can be a journey of continued excitement and joy if one is prepared to look outwards with interest and enquiry about the world we live in.
Alex James – Lower Primary
Alex James teaches Lower Primary. He has a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education. He is passionate about working with children and helping each child to reach their full potential. He also loves connecting children with nature through activities such as gardening and forest play. Alex planted and maintains the permaculture vegetable garden we have at school, (believed to be the first of it’s kind in the UK!!) with the help of the children of course!
He lives in Emery Down with his wife Clair, and has two children (Mala, 7 and Ilya, 5) and two step-children (George, 22 and Emily, 20) all of whom attend or have attended the school! He is studying hard with the Open University and when he can relaxes by reading, walking his beautiful dogs, cooking gorgeous health-full food for his family and generally just being in nature.
Anouchka Langford – Geography
Teaches Geography in Upper Primary and Secondary classes. She has a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London, and a BSC Honours in Geography from the University of Liverpool. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching Geography and has travelled extensively throughout the world. Her passions include yoga, travelling, reading, music, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Her daughter Giselle attends the school.
Tom Carrick – Maths
Tom has recently joined the school as a Science & Mathematics specialist for Upper Primary and the Secondary classes. Graduating in Marine Biology & Oceanography (BSc) from the University of Southampton, Tom has taught for 10 years both in London and Hampshire in a wide range of different types of schools and settings. Tom's passion for mathematics and science in driven by a profound love and fascination of Nature & learning. Tom is qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and had the great opportunity to have built and run a School Farm & Outdoor Learning Centre in the middle of London comprehensive. Tom has also trained as a qualified Teacher of Mindfulness and has provided courses to young people of all ages. Prior to New Forest Tom taught for a year at Brockwood Park School where he designed and delivered an interdisciplinary course on the Nature of Patterns and Intelligence.
Tom is married with two children, both of whom attend the school, and the family lives near Winchester in the beautiful countryside. Tom is especially interested in Science, Metaphysics and Nonduality. Tom enjoys all forms of authentic music and can be usually heard beat-boxing in the corridors.
Maggie Smith – Primary Teacher
Maggie works on design and technology projects with the children throughout the primary classes as well covering other lessons when required. She has a BA hons degree in Textiles For Fashion from Portsmouth University. She has been working both voluntarily and employed in schools since the age of 16 and has a NVQ level 3 in ‘Early Years Care and Education’.
Passionate about empowering children to become independent learners and creative thinkers, Maggie enjoys helping the children to create finished products they can take home, or use at school. They create everything from pallet mud kitchens to lamps and anything in between! She encourages them to use a wide range of tools and techniques to explore their ideas effectively. She lives in Lyndhurst and is married to Mark with two daughters, Zoe and Erika, who both attend the school, plus their extended animal family. Her interests include alternative education for children, art and textiles, nature, gardening, growing things at the allotment, learning new and interesting things and of course – making stuff!!
Sarah Collins – Music
Sarah set up the music department and GCSE Music course in 2010 – when she arrived with her daughter Ella, who took her GCSEs at the school in 2015. She studied at The City University, London (with instrumental lessons at The Guildhall School) and at Sussex University, for her MA in Composition. An accomplished pianist, she also loves singing, and as well as teaching across the whole school. She has recently started the New Forest Small School Choir – for all pupils from Upper Primary upwards as well as parents and staff. She writes music for the summer performances and organises the Christmas celebration concert. She also has another identity as DJ Random and DJs at Glastonbury and many other places.
Specialist Teachers & Tutors
Kate Burgin – Art
Kate teaches Art & Design in the Upper Primary and Secondary classes to GCSE. She has a Certificate of Education and a 1st Class Degree in Three Dimensional Ceramic Design. Kate has almost 20 years experience teaching Art and has taught in several local colleges. She enjoys spending time with her girls, cooking, swimming, walking and visiting galleries.
Graham Moores – P.E.
Graham is Head of PE at our school. He has a passion for sport especially football, have represented the County in football and played to a semi-professional level. He has completed UEFA B Coaching Licence, Youth Coaching Modules and is a qualified First Aider for sports injuries. He has managed and coached numerous football teams, but particularly within women’s and girl’s football. His 2 claims to fame are coaching Fay White (previous Arsenal and England’s Ladies Captain) and putting his signature to the inauguration document of the Women’s National Football League. He has coached football and PE in various schools throughout the region and county, and is currently Chairman & Treasurer and founding member of the New Forest Girls Football League. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance, managing his own Accountancy business.
Dr Ash Brockwell – Policy and Strategy Consultant
Ash is an experienced project consultant with specialist expertise in policy audit, values-centred strategic planning and programme evaluation across a variety of contexts. He recently completed his PhD in Education for Sustainability at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is currently developing a range of resources to promote Diversity and Inclusion across the curriculum, updating the School’s policies regularly to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, and assisting with the preparation of self-evaluations, School Development Plans and strategic reviews.
Ash is teaching Science to Upper Primary, Lower Secondary and the GCSE class on a temporary basis until December 2018, drawing on his earlier work as a research consultant in the field of health and wellbeing and his Masters degree in biochemistry from Oxford University.
Marianne Wilberforce - Deputy Head/SENDCo/School Manager
As a former Deputy Head, Marianne has a wealth of experience in effective school management. Her Masters in Education was focused on strategic leadership, with plenty of opportunities to implement her former school's vision and identify key priorities. Marianne also has a passion for making learning meaningful and great experience in monitoring and evaluating the impact of curriculum development. She greatly enjoys teaching maths to Middle Primary.
Marianne is a member of the Governors Advisory Board. Both her children attend NFSS and her eldest was lucky enough to have had both Clair and Alex as his childminders before starting school!
In her spare time, Marianne enjoys sailing her Wayfarer dinghy and the occasional weekend of Live Action Roleplay - running around the countryside with swords!
Caroline Bright – School Administrator
Caroline runs the school reception office and is the School Administrator. She enjoys her very busy and demanding role. Caroline deals with all aspects of administration for the school. She also supports teachers, children, parents & any visitors.
Caroline’s daughter Amelia started at the school when she was just 3 yrs old and left in the Summer of 2015 aged 15 after sitting 9 GCSE exams, having achieved excellent results. Amelia is now studying Modern History at Exeter University in Autumn 2017.
Learning Support Assistants
Jan works as a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in Kindergarten. She has a NVQ3 Teaching Assistant qualification and has great experience in supporting children and young people with special educational needs. In her spare time, Jan is passionate about dogs and shares her home with 6 of them, as well as 4 cats! Many of Jan’s pets have been rescued from Romania, France and the UK.
Tina is an experienced LSA and supports a pupil in Upper Primary on a 1:1 basis. She enjoys being able to help and assist others wherever she can. For 19 years Tina was involved with and then proceeded to run a Youth Boys & Girls Football Club for 5-16 year olds. She enjoys walking, reading, watching football, music, travelling & spending time with her family.
Polly has supported a range of neurodiverse individuals in residential and school settings. They have an interest in inclusive schooling for children with SEN especially those with behavioural challenges.
Most of their spare time is taken up parenting their free-range two year old Floki Wilding but they also like to collect comics and run vegan supper clubs with their wife.