Executive Principal – James Joyce
James qualified as a teacher in 2002 after studying a BSc (Hons) in Science. He started his career at Waterloo Lodge, assuming a number of roles over the years including teaching science and maths, Head of Science, Examinations Officer and Senior Teacher, before becoming Assistant Head and Headteacher in 2012. As well as QTS, James has a Masters Degree in Education.
At Waterloo Lodge, James is responsible for the strategic direction of the school, overseeing the school curriculum, teaching and learning and pupil progress. He has successfully steered Waterloo Lodge towards an Outstanding Ofsted judgement in all areas.
Due to his success in leading Waterloo Lodge, James is also now Executive Principal over Oakfield House School and oversees the management of both schools, policies and procedures, ensuring quality throughout strategic development.
James said: “I’ve experienced real progression since joining Waterloo Lodge in 2002. I’m passionate about helping pupils and our staff team achieve their potential – this is our ultimate goal and Ofsted highlighted that we’re extremely successful at it. Parents whose children come here can be reassured that we will achieve outcomes for their children, whether they are academic or emotional.
“My specialist skills include assessing where people are and determining what progress we need to have in place to ensure everyone makes the most of themselves – with both pupil and staff development. Seeing pupils change and making a difference to their lives, as well as developing our staff team here is the best thing about my job.”
Head of School – Debbie Procter
Debbie qualified as a teacher in 2005 after successfully gaining a B.Ed. (Hons) with QTS in Primary Teaching. She started her career at Waterloo Lodge soon after, teaching a number of subject areas before being promoted to Senior Teacher in 2011. The position provided her with the challenge and the determination to succeed in various roles and aspects of school life. Debbie’s desire to drive Curriculum development was evident in the role as Deputy Head and most recently as the new of Head of School.
At Waterloo Lodge, Debbie works closely with James Joyce (Executive Head) to lead strategic direction of the school, overseeing the school curriculum, teaching and learning, pupil progress and pupil safety and wellbeing. Working under James Joyces’ guidance, the school gained an Ofsted grading of Outstanding across all areas in early 2015.
“I am extremely proud to be the Head of such a successful school with an innovative and personalised curriculum which provides a stimulating education within a nurturing and supportive school community.”
“I honestly believe I have the best job in the world because I get to work with some of the most interesting and brilliant young people. I feel privileged to be just small part of their lives.”