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LIFE Wirral

office@lifewirral.com    Tel: 0151 705 7431    126 Victoria Road, New Brighton, Wallasey, CH45 9LD

© 2024 LIFE Wirral - Company number: 11800180 - Website Design by Alt-Click Studio

Our Staff, our family.

In both academic and sporting terms we have assembled a team of top-class, highly-experienced professionals who provide all our students with a first rate education. Meet the team......

Our people.

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Alastair Saverimutto
Founder/ CEO

The opening of LIFE represented the realisation of a long-held dream. For more years than I care to remember I had a vision of establishing a school on the Wirral which would help shape, help dramatically improve, the lives of those who, for whatever reason, found themselves at odds with mainstream education.

 

That vision is now a reality - a centre of excellence staffed by top-class, hugely experienced professionals across many differing disciplines. My career has been long and varied taking in senior positions inside boxing ( Switzerland ), Rugby Union ( Sri Lanka ) and football ( Bournemouth FC and Everton FC ).

I pride myself on a deep and passionate understanding of just what it means to be involved in sport and education - and I believe that I do understand the complexities and demands of both.

Sarah Quilty
Head Teacher

Education will always be my first love, my passion. My career spans more than 18 years and began with my training as a primary school teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

Since then my roles have included SENCo, SLT team, specialist literacy teacher and, more recently, working on Wirral’s Special Educational Needs Advice and Assessment Team. My most recent qualifications include a Masters in Dyslexia and a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.

 

I regard LIFE as a unique - and absolutely invaluable - venture, a school which fosters student and staff well-being whilst encouraging students to develop skills to fulfil their academic and sporting potential. I want students to leave LIFE with the personal and academic skills which will allow them to go on and live their dreams, whatever they may be.

Alex Saverimutto
Director

My love is for sport in all its various forms and for developing young athletes. Having seen the huge benefits that sport, exercise and nutrition can have on my own health challenges, I was impassioned to use what I’ve learnt to help youngsters through these means. Creating a sporting programme which our students can enjoy - and learn from - has been my main goal at LIFE and so far it has been a brilliant success.
 
I have coached promising youngsters for more than ten years, working with them across a wide variety of sports. Many of those I have worked alongside have gone on to achieve great success. How you engage, motivate and support a youngster is different for each individual and LIFE Wirral was designed with this premise in mind.
 
I have travelled a great deal and spent 12 months in Melbourne developing young elite AFL players. I have a First Class Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol. I am a British Weightlifting Level 2 Coach, PT Level 3 and have a variety of other qualifications in sports and coaching.

Leanne Maddock
Office Manager

I am an energetic business administrator whose job neither begins nor ends with paperwork! My role at LIFE is to keep staff, students, their families and visitors happy, informed and relaxed in our fabulous school setting.

 

You will very rarely find me at my desk! I enjoy watching our pupils thrive in what is a very unique setting and environment. Being the approachable non-teaching member of staff whose office door is always open to everyone is something I take great pride in.

 

My background was in the travel industry before I pursued a career as an RGN adult surgical nurse at Arrowe Park Hospital, only leaving to become a full time mum to my two children, a dog and a cat. Once my children were old enough I opted to seek out a totally new career - which led me to LIFE!

Rachael Clarke
Lead in Science/Careers

BSc Postgraduate certificate in education, NPQH, OcR level 6 diploma in career guidance and development.

I have a passion for working with young people and for nurturing their talents. The active involvement of pupils in their Science learning and subsequent assessment is, I believe, vitally important.

 

Learning simply has to be set within a culture which celebrates success and which encourages all to both learn and to enjoy. My journey as a leader began in 1998 as Head of Sixth Form at St John's Plessington in Bebington where I had responsibility for the academic and pastoral welfare of almost 200 students, leading a team of form tutors and Assistant Heads of Year.

 

In previous roles I initiated many changes to working practices, attaining higher levels of health, safety and security of staff, students and visitors and an improved school environment. When not working I love to go running - it destresses the brain and strengthens the body!

Julie Richards
Lead English Tutor

BA hons, PHCE, Dip Ed dram, cert Subject Leadership, NPQH, MEd.

 

I love the English language and I have a voracious appetite for literature of all genres; I want our students to share my passion. I want LIFE students to feel confident as readers, writers and speakers and to help them achieve this I use interactive strategies in the classroom to encourage them to both consider taking risks and to try new things.

 

We have begun to compile our very own LIFE library and we will be arranging regular visits by published authors. I began my career in teaching in London in the eighties and since then I have worked in mixed and single sex comprehensives on the Wirral, in Liverpool and Runcorn and have held a variety of positions including Head of English, Head of Communications and Chair of Teaching and Learning.

 

My mantra? Lifelong learning is an excellent goal!

Paul Leicester
Maths/Business Studies/IT

BSc Earth Science, MSC Computing, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

After a career as a computer systems operator within the oil industry I moved into the teaching of IT as I was passionate about helping young people develop the skills and knowledge which they would require to become inspirational leaders within the ever- expanding new world of high technology.

 

LIFE, where I also lead in Maths and Business Studies, is a quite wonderful concept. I have always believed that learning and the love of knowledge is something to be encouraged and nurtured in order that the next generation can begin a journey of discovery and ambition which will last a lifetime.

 

My love of photography feeds my creative side - seeing the world in a new light or from a different perspective I believe has enhanced my life experiences and helped me grow as a person and as a professional.

Sam Padmore
Mental Health lead

Undergraduate qualification in SEN, Sport and PE, Degree in psychology, Member of BPS (British Psychology Society), North West lead practitioner of peer practice group in coaching, Mental health champion, Mental Health First Aider, Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, MAPA trained (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression)

 

I am a Coaching Psychologist and mental health professional and have worked in and around education, sport, health and social care for more than a decade, something which has allowed me to ensure quality service is provided for any and every organisation or individual I work alongside.

 

I offer high level mental health support to students and staff, bespoke interventions when needed and educational lessons around mental health awareness and literacy. One of my main passions is providing help and support within the community. Away from my career I run a young person's and men's mental health community group which offers free support, mentoring and physical and resilient-based activities. For me, young people -  males in particular - have a tendency to suffer in silence when it comes to mental health - a state of affairs I would dearly love to help change.

 

I truly believe that it is vital all people are educated appropriately and that we should all remember it is actually OK to not be OK!

Paul Hamill
Operations & Performance

Dip SAC Sports Psychology, Dip SAC Life Skills Coaching (Advanced), Certificate in Psychology for High Performance Sports (FC Barcelona Universitas), FA Psychology Coach (Level 4 & 5), ICA Master Coach (Mentoring), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Diploma, Managing Conflict / Conflict Resolution ILM.

I am an elite performance coach having worked inside sport for more than 20 years. I offer high level support to aspiring young athletes who have the desire to be at the very top of their mental game.

 

I have a particular - and long-standing - interest in helping the recoveries of those youngsters who have suffered injury setbacks.

 

It is during periods of rehabilitation that athletes often feel at their most vulnerable - and when they need the most help and support. I believe it is vitally important that all athletes, irrespective of what their chosen discipline is, realise that sport is played as much with the head, the mind, as with the hands or feet.

Sara Brady
Yoga Teacher

I have been practising yoga on and off since I was a teenager but never truly embraced it until six years ago when I sustained an injury which necessitated me, as part of my rehabilitation, to undertake sessions five times a week; it completely changed my life.

 

Until very recently I was working as an ICU staff nurse which I really enjoyed but now, at LIFE, I get to live a life of magic every single day by doing something I truly love!

 

I want the children I teach to believe in their dreams - to reach for them - and appreciate that they have the ability to achieve anything their heart desires.

Tray’c Nuttall
Pastoral Behaviour Coach/ S.T Tutor

BSc Psychology, PDA Diploma, Post-grad cert in trauma, attachment and mental health, CPCAB Substance Misuse Cert, CPCAB Counselling, Sensory needs practitioner, Block therapy practitioner, SEND Diploma, Play therapy diploma.

My interest in education and wellbeing began as a psychology undergraduate at the University of Liverpool. Whilst studying in the city, I was fortunate to lead research into working memory and executive function with the overall aim being to improve concentration and focus amongst children with SEN (Special Educational Needs).

 

Before arriving at LIFE, I delivered tailored support to children across the Wirral with SEN in pupil referral units and schools for children with emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties. I am committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and health of all young people.

 

As an avid participant of martial arts and a keen enthusiast for educational research and development, LIFE to me, fully represents the perfect balance of education, sport, and wellbeing.

Patrick Marshall
KS3 Teacher

BA Hons Music, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) ; Primary Education with SEND.

 

My passion for working in education began in 2019 when I conducted a small beginner brass band. I have worked in numerous TA roles with SEMH and SEND schools which encouraged me to return to university and complete my PGCE in Primary Education with SEND.

 

Music is a large part of my life and I am keen to bring this into the classroom as I believe there is a strong link between behaviour and creativity within children.

 

This is the same for sport which I feel is another great outlet for students. I have always been involved within sport from a very young age, playing within a variety of teams, this then led onto coaching multiple U18’s teams at my local basketball club.

Paul Stubbs
Lead Coach

Although I have always embraced the challenges and complexities of all sports, athletics has, for so many years, been a passion of mine - my most significant achievements coming in the sprint hurdles.

 

I completed my UK Athletics, Level 3 coaching course in 2016, achieving great success in bringing promising athletes through to become both County champions and English Schools finalists. I then opted to take my coaching expertise into a quite different arena, local schools, where I had tremendous success in improving the physical skills and the confidence of children of varying ages and abilities.

 

I specialise in the crucial area of Strength and Conditioning, qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer (PT) in 2009. I then worked extensively as a PT, training clients from across the Wirral. Such was my desire to help the development and the coaching of young children I joined Life Wirral as a staff member - a dream job where my work is complemented by a team of top-class professionals.

Ollie Nugent
Head of Sport

My experience as a teacher is only just beginning but I am learning every day from the terrific team which has been assembled at LIFE Wirral Sports School.

 

I have, I believe, a very unique sporting background being as I am the only person in the world with Cerebral Palsy to have appeared in professional football match, playing for Tranmere Rovers for 10 years after making my professional debut for Chester F.C. Playing for the England and Great Britain Paralympics team allowed me to travel to and experience some amazing countries including Rio de Janeiro where I featured in the 2016 Paralympics Games.

 

Unfortunately, I was eventually 'classed out' of Cerebral Palsy sport as my strict training regime reduced the level of my disability. This led to a quite dramatic life change as I joined the University of Houston on a four-year football scholarship to study Kinesiology - the theory and practice of movement.

 

I am now working hard on building a series of skill sets with the intention of becoming a Strength and Conditioning coach, one who will work with a wide range of different athletes across many sporting disciplines. I believe that the LIFE Wirral Sports School is arguably the very best of its kind in the country, an ambitious and trailblazing venture which will help so many young people with both their education and their sporting ambitions.

Amanda Taylor
PA to CEO & Accounts Manager

I started my career in Accounts in 2013 and haven’t looked back. Since it all began I’ve managed accounts for various companies ranging from a major fast-food franchise to consulting Civil & Structural Engineers, All leading to this great opportunity at LIFE.

 

I love being organised, sorting numbers, problem solving and supporting others around me. 

 

When I’m not at LIFE, I’ll most probably be out in the fresh air with my children and our dog walking & exploring. 

 

I feel extremely lucky to be working with the wonderful staff and students at LIFE and can’t wait to be a part of it continuing to flourish going forward!

Zoë Grannon
Group Inclusion Manager

I have an honours degree in Business Studies and initially worked in media sales and advertising. However, I soon realised that my true vocation lay in education and so I went back to university to study for a post graduate teaching qualification.

 

I then became an accredited SENCO, as part of the first cohort to complete the National Award for SEN Coordinators. I also completed a further post graduate qualification in Specific Learning Difficulties which enabled me to work with children and adults as a specialist teacher  in Dyslexia.

 

For the last ten years I have also been a senior safeguarding, behaviour and attendance lead in a large primary school. For me, it is an absolute privilege to work with children and young people.

 

I totally support LIFE’s holistic approach of prioritising sport and physical endeavour as part of mental health and well-being, as well as providing excellent academic outcomes for our students.

Christine Coghlan
Humanities

BSc Hons in Marine Geography, PGCE Secondary Geography, QTS Qualified Teacher Status.

 

I have been teaching Geography, History and Religious Studies for 20 years. I want our students to share my passion for knowledge and understanding of the wider world, past and present.

 

I was an Assistant Headteacher and Subject Lead in Geography, in a mainstream academic school in Liverpool. Inspiring young people to form a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people is vitally important. I want our students at LIFE to enjoy and love learning about Humanities by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. Taking a more personalised approach to teaching and learning here at LIFE has been a rewarding experience.

 

My love for sport and the outdoors combined with education allows me to understand how we can break down the barriers for our students and allow them to reach their full potential. I feel extremely fortunate to work with all the team here at LIFE and look forward to being part of its journey.

Elliot Millar
Assistant Sports Coach

Cambridge technical diploma in sport and physical activity.

I joined the LIFE Team 18 months ago as a modern apprentice, after successful selection. I wanted to further develop myself and my coaching, the idea of  working in such a challenging environment was an opportunity I needed to take.

 

My role within LIFE as an assistant sports coach working with neuro-diverse children is extremely rewarding and I feel that through the support of my colleagues and my own development, I am thriving. In my personal life, I enjoy engaging in lots of different sports. I am passionate about football, I train regularly at the gym and I have a keen interest in combat sports.

 

I use the lessons I have learnt both through sport and personal adversity to have an impact on the young athletes I work with daily. I look forward to continuing my progress hopefully in more of a teaching capacity and improving on growing my skill set whilst here at LIFE.

Dan McNulty
Mental Wellbeing Coach

Level 2 in Counselling, Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer and a Level 3 in Psychology and Mental Health First Aider.

I'm a Mental Wellbeing Coach on a mission to empower individuals through a holistic approach to overall wellbeing within education. My journey began at 18 as an apprentice within a mental health organisation, where I delved into bespoke interventions like psychosocial strategies, ecotherapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, behavioural activation, and humanistic therapies. These experiences enriched my ability to ensure support to unique individual needs.

My passion lies in working with young minds, and previously as an EQ(Emotional Intelligence) Coach, I've conducted sessions in primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges. Guiding individuals through the EQ model—empathy, social skills, self-regulation, relationships, and self-awareness—I've seen transformative development in young people.

I hope all students I work with join me on this journey towards increasing overall wellbeing, where I know they can truly empower themselves to thrive emotionally, physically, and socially.

David Aliu
Behaviour Mentor

Bachelor of Science Degree, Command and Leadership Management, Security Management Diploma.

For a decade, I immersed myself in close protection, mastering skills crucial for life. It demanded vigilance, adaptability, and attention to detail—traits ingrained in me. In education, I spent ten years as a behavioural mentor, finding immense joy in guiding young minds. Influencing a child's journey is a privilege I hold dear.

 

Basketball has been my lifelong passion, playing professionally in many countries such as Iceland, Spain & Italy as well as representing GB and England. Beyond the court, I organised empowering summer events in Liverpool for inner-city youth. Witnessing their transformation fuels my commitment to broader impact.

 

At LIFE, I'm excited to continue empowering children, driven by the belief that every child deserves to thrive.

Katie Keane
Teaching Assistant/Pastoral Support

Level 3 Counselling, Level 5 Community Life Coaching, Student Counsellor (reg. BACP), Mental Health First Aider, Mental Health Champion, Next Steps Practitioner.

As a Mum of two , I have many years of parental experience with both my own children and I have also been fortunate to have fostered 8 others.

 

As a foster parent and a family support worker I have worked with children and young people with a variety of needs , including neurodiversity, behavioural challenges and emotional and social barriers.

 

As part of the pastoral team at Life my role is to support our young people emotionally and academically in all aspects of their school day and form a pastoral bridge between home and school. I am a qualified Level 5 Community Life Coach, and currently studying towards becoming a BACP registered Integrated counsellor.

 

Being trauma informed means that my role would be to support parents to feel safe enough in their interactions with school, to build trust, and to help them overcome any barriers to an effective relationship with our school.

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