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About us

Who's who at SwitchED 2!

Andy Coates &

the kids

My teaching background is in hospitality having worked in the industry for 10 years. My experience has been in specialised education teaching food technology, maths and science, I have also served as a member of the senior leadership team, responsible for Key Stage 4.

Rebecca Coates

I have been a Primary School Teacher for the past 11 years, leading Science for the last 10 years.

My passion is engaging pupils through a hands on practical approach and I enjoy developing children's curiosity through investigations and experiments. I have a keen interest in improving the environment and run an Eco Club where we plant flowers to encourage a range of wildlife as well as growing our own fruit and vegetables.

Jo Sedgwick

I have been privileged to work in the special education sector for the past 29 years, dealing mainly with administration, finance and HR.

I have worked closely with Governors, various Local Authorities and staff, but most importantly, some amazing young people.

I love feeling that although I may only be a very small cog in the wheel, I am part of a team who really are making a difference.

Emma Johnson

I am a qualified youth and community worker, and teacher. I have more than 15 years experience working in Further Education, as well as specialist schools.

I have been involved in teaching a number of curriculum topics including citizenship, preparation for working life and also providing advice and guidance to support learners making positive career choices.

I am a qualified assessor and teach PSHE, this role allows me to teach a variety of different topics including, health and fitness, drug and alcohol awareness, relationships and sexual health education and many more.

During my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and throughout the year I play competitive netball and cricket. I also enjoy spending time with my family, this can often include a gathering on Sundays and will often include a roast dinner, much to the delight of my black Labrador Harvey.

Rachel West

I joined the SwitchED2 team in January 2019 and it is a pleasure to arrive at school every day in such a beautiful setting.

I love taking part in lots of new challenges with the children such as abseiling, climbing, canoeing and tree top rope adventures.

Chris Ferguson

Prior to beginning this new phase in my life as an Instructor at SwitchED2, I worked as a plumber and contract heating engineer. 

I am thoroughly focussed on helping the students at the school to achieve the best they can whilst at the same time, enjoying the vocational opportunities on offer.

Jo Whyke

I have worked with pupils with SEND for over 20 years in a range of settings including Autistic Centres and Special Schools.

I have managed Post 16 units and have a passion for making learning engaging and relevant for our students.

I am thrilled to be joining the team at SwitchED2.

In my spare time, I enjoy long walks with my spaniel Jasper.

April Jones

I have experience working as an outdoor instructor with appropriate qualifications; Summer ML, SPA, BCU paddle sport leader, Archery Instructor, Outdoor First Aid, RYA power boat Level 2 and Safety boat.

I am very much looking forward to being able to introduce various outdoor activities to the young people at SwitchED2.


The Herefords 


The Boss!

My Story

My name is Andrew Coates and my past experiences have been teaching as head of Key Stage 4 in a special educational needs school developing personalised learning programmes for pupils who need a differentiated learning approach.

An Idea is Born

Having worked in this environment for the past 10 years I have experienced a wide range of challenges for pupils to attain their aspirations and academic targets. I have provided a range of creative and bespoke packages that enable pupils to flourish and achieve their dreams.

January 2020

There are a limited number of places available at SwitchED so please contact me for further information and I will be able to tell you more about the projects and accreditation we can offer.

Sharing the experiences

I have been fortunate enough to have been brought up on the farm and these experiences have given me the platform to achieve my goals and aspirations.

My plan is to provide an environment for pupils to enjoy learning and not just do it because they have to, but because they want to.

Who would benefit?

All young people

We offer provision for young people from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 with an aim to develop self-esteem, confidence, team work skills and problem solving skills which are all accredited through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Open Awards.

Primary Schools

Primary schools can benefit from this provision to provide a nurturing and holistic environment. This therapeutic approach can be tailored to individual needs and provide an alternative to a young person's weekly routine.

Secondary Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Services

Schools will benefit through the increased flexibility of vocational experiences with functional skills in recognised accreditation as well as bespoke learning experiences to prepare pupils for their next key stage or post 16 learning journey. 

The history of

Ulpha Farm

Ulpha Farm 1670 - 1950

Ulpha Farm in the early 1900's

Ulpha Farm in the 1960's

Ulpha Farm in the 1970's

Ulpha Farm in the 1980's