Wycliffe College

Miranda Holden MA – Careers Manager

My first career was as a Royal Navy Officer and I have since spent 12 years as a (Grammar) School Careers Coordinator then as a Careers Adviser for Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA), interviewing students in Independent schools around the UK.  My experience of identifying and transferring skills from the military to the education sector very much shapes the guidance I give to students: what do you like doing and how do you like doing it? Acquiring a MA in Human Resource Management later on in life has given me employer perspective and a good understanding of the evolving labour market.  Recent and current experience with my own two older teenage boys involving post-18 decisions gives me parent perspective.  My particular area of responsibility is one-to-one student guidance and whole group guidance at key transition stages, delivery of the COA programme and careers education delivered through our Life Skills programme.

Sam Parry – Careers Administrator

My background is in Finance and Event Organisation.  I hold the CDI Certificate ‘Introduction to Careers Work in Schools & Colleges’ and am a mother of two younger teenage children at the GCSE stage. I am responsible for the Year 9 Enterprise morning, the GCHQ visit arrangements and the Year 9 Ambitions Fair and Year 11 Mock Interview coordination.  I provide administration support for all other careers events including the arrangement of student appointments with the Armed Forces.   I also manage the updating and dissemination of careers information – in our Careers Library and newsletters, on our careers noticeboard and Intranet and for our careers stand at information evenings.

Matt Archer MA (Oxon), MRSC – Head of Sixth Form

After graduating from Oxford University in 1996 I joined the Army. After leaving the Army in 2003 I started teaching Chemistry. I moved to Wycliffe College to be Head of Chemistry in 2008, was promoted to Head of Science in 2012 and promoted again to Head of Sixth Form in 2015. I feel the most important part of the Head of Sixth Form role is helping students get onto the right post-Wycliffe course. I do this by managing the Sixth Form Life Skills programme and overseeing the UCAS process.

Laurence Goodwin MA (Hons) (St. Andrews), MA (University of London) – International Universities Coordinator

I began my post-university career as a Classics teacher and latterly a rare book specialist at an auction house before returning to education as the US specialist and Director of Studies at a tutorial college in Oxford. In addition to my pastoral and academic role, I was responsible for running the College’s internal and external SAT and US application preparation programmes as well as UCAS applications. During this time, I instituted and ran an annual conference for careers advisors who were also helping students at their own schools apply to university in the US. As a US national who has also been an international student, I have first-hand experience of the baffling feeling of turning up in another country where people nominally speak the same language as you do but knowing that you are not quite understanding or being understood! At Wycliffe, I help students who want to study outside the UK, whether that’s the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe or somewhere else entirely. With Mrs. Holden, I organise and run the annual Wycliffe Futures Fair. I also meet regularly with students for SAT preparation or one-to-one guidance and support with non-UK applications.

Sharyn Trainor HDipEd – Deputy Head of Sixth Form

I joined Wycliffe in 2003 and teach Biology, coach Netball and had the privilege of being Housemistress of Haywardsend from 2011 to 2015.  As Deputy Head of Sixth Form, I work with pupils to help them achieve their individual potential, through helping them to develop independent study skills, responsibility, resilience and accountability.  I believe this preparation for the next steps into the adult world are extremely important and my aim is to encourage and support our pupils to ensure they are effectively prepared.

Keith Rose MA (Oxon), MSc, PhD, CertEd, MRSC – Competitive Courses Co-ordinator for Science, Engineering & Medicine.

I grew up in Durham and completed an MA in Biochemistry at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. I went from there to study for an MSc in Clinical Chemistry at the University of Surrey while working in various Chemical Pathology labs in the South West Thames area. I moved to Bristol to work on a PhD and eventually settled in Gloucestershire while continuing research at Bristol University for 15 years. I shifted into a teaching career in 2008 and came to Wycliffe after a brief year at Stroud High School. I have two sons, one currently studying Medicine after completing a Biomedical Science degree and another with a Zoology degree. I reluctantly gave up playing Rugby last year but continue to play Cricket and have recently begun a part-time History MA.

I’m interested in all aspects of science and am particularly keen on helping students to find ways to excite and widen their interests through reading, conferences, competitions and on-line courses. I am the Head of Chemistry at Wycliffe, a Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry and a Sixth Form tutor.

Hilary Phelps MA(Oxon), BSc, MSc, MBPS  – Competitive Courses Co-ordinator for Arts and Humanities.

I read Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and after taking my degree worked as an accountant in business, the NHS and local government in London, while also busy with amateur choral singing.  I took up Psychology studies while at home with my young daughter, gaining a BSc in Psychology with the Open University and then an MSc at City University. I am a member of the British Psychological Society, and before coming to teach Psychology A Level at Wycliffe I taught it at Grammar schools in Kent and Wiltshire. My daughter graduated in French and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh last year; she now works for Oxford University Press and sings at a semi-professional level.

My varied career has made me aware of transferable skills and imparted a delight in the way knowledge in one field can connect to a variety of others. I still find inspiration in music and many other cultural activities, and believe that studies in Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects are crucially important to society. It is worth noting that moral reasoning and judgements are areas where artificial intelligence still has some way to go before it catches up with the human being!

I coordinate applications for Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Science applications. I have extensive sixth form tutoring experience; as well as Psychology I have taught Sociology, Critical Thinking, and some other humanities subjects with younger year groups. Always keen to help interested students extend their knowledge and cultural awareness, I’m deeply committed to helping Sixth Formers aim as high as they can and choose the right higher education course for them.


Upcoming Open Events at Wycliffe

 Prep School Open Morning – Saturday 6th October, 10am – 12pm

Senior School Open Morning – Saturday 6th October, 9am – 12pm

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