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Alternative education projects


Prior to Engaging Potential (EP) Tracy worked in the charity sector specialising in education, employment and training. Co-founding EP in 2008 she oversees all aspects of the organisation and is responsible for its continuing development and ensuring it supports young people to meet their potential. When not at work Tracy enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors, cooking and feeding her travel bug.


After working to become an area manager with 25 years in the Youth Service, Paul joined Engaging Potential in January 2014 as Centre Manager. His role involves the day to day running of the school and ensuring that any issues that students face are addressed effectively and efficiently. As well as this, Paul formulates the timetable for students and liaises with a range of activity and service providers to deliver an engaging, challenging and evolving programme of learning for each young person. When not at work, Paul enjoys family time, trips to London, the theatre, cinema, swimming, cycling and holidays in Devon, France and the USA. He is also a keen film maker, enjoys cooking and spends most weekends attending motor racing events.


Lyn joined EP in February 2016 as a learning support mentor, however her vast experience and passion for all young people to achieve has lead her to take on the role of teaching maths and life skills. Lyn’s background within mainstream started as a Teaching Assistant before working as an Exams Officer and Assistant SENco, and qualifying as an ELSA. Lyn is also currently studying to become a Specialist Assessor. Outside of school Lyn can often be found acting as her daughters groom on the eventing circuit, walking her dog in the countryside and enjoying time in sunny climates.


Elaine joined EP in 2017 as a Learning Support Mentor . She has 18 years experience working with children of all ages, in various childcare settings. In the evenings and at the weekends Elaine spends time with her husband and 3 children, Elaine, also enjoys socialising with friends and horse riding


Carol has worked within mainstream education for 8 years specializing in Maths and working within the SEN department alongside with exam access arrangements. In her spare time she loves to travel the world and spends 6 days a week involved with Netball. She also enjoys taking her dogs for walks and spending time with her partner. Carol is also a trained baker.


Hannah joined Engaging Potential in 2019 as Administrator and Exams Officer. Hannah has previously worked in mainstream education for 2 years, and in Dentistry for 11 years prior to that. In her spare time Hannah likes to spend time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys reading, country walks with her 2 dogs and going to the theatre.


Trudi joined Engaging Potential in January 2023. Trudi has worked in mainstream education in the West Berkshire area for over 20 years and has taken on the English side of the curriculum at EP. Trudi has a passion for supporting young people in their educational journey and is excited to have joined the team. When not at school Trudi enjoys time with family and friends and has recently become a qualified scuba diver.


Carleigh has worked with young people in different educational settings since 2009. Carleigh previously worked for Engaging Potential back in 2014-2015 before leaving to explore London. Since then Carleigh has continued to work with students in different pastoral settings and is excited to now be working back in Engaging Potential. In her spare time Carleigh enjoys spending time with her Husband and 3 children and socialising with friends.


Claire joined Engaging Potential in June 2023 as a Learning Support Mentor. She has a passion for mental health and helping young people. She also volunteers for West Berkshire Cruse Bereavement and is working towards becoming a qualified counsellor. In her spare time, Claire enjoys spending time with her family, watching true crime documentaries, and has recently joined a kickboxing club.