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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


Aisha joined Engaging Potential in 2019 as a Learning Support Mentor. She has recently gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology, graduating from the University of Winchester. She has undertaken a range of work placements involved with a variety of agencies within the criminal justice system. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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.


Catherine started working at Engaging Potential in 2022 to teach English. She has worked in various educational settings for the last 18 years as care staff and teaching staff. She also has an interest in Outdoor Education as is a qualified kayaking, orienteering and swimming instructor. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys spending time outside and meet up with friends


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.


Ainslie joined Engaging Potential as a Learning Support Mentor. Ainslie has worked in a mainstream school in a primary school setting for 8 years, including working as a SEN 1:1. She has been an ELSA for nearly 6 years and loves it!
In her spare time, Ainslie enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, and socialising with her friends. She also like walking and the outdoors, Theatre & Pilates.