Burnt Mill Academy Trust

Meet our Teaching School Team

WETSA logo



Kate O’Shaughnessy joined Burnt Mill Academy Trust as Director of Teaching School in September 2015. She has worked in schools in East London for over 13 years as an English Teacher, Head of English and Assistant Vice Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning. During this time she has set up and led teacher education from Initial Years to MA programmes, and has a strong background in coaching. She completed her MA in the Philosophy of Education with the Institute of Education in 2012 and is currently working on her PhD thesis with Professor Jan Derry. In 2014 she attended the International Symposium on Inferentialism in Orebro, Sweden, on behalf of the Institute of Education.


Robyn Gilbert joined Burnt Mill Academy in November 2009 as a Science teacher and progressed to joint Head of Faculty in 2011.  During this time she completed her M. Ed in Leading Teaching and Learning from Cambridge University and is currently completing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership from the National College for Teaching & Leadership.  In 2014 she presented at the International Teacher Leadership Conference in Portugal as a HertsCam representative.  Robyn is excited about her role within the teaching school and is dedicated to providing high quality training to the next generation of teachers. 


Paul Andrew joined Burnt Mill Academy Trust as a Lead Practitioner in September 2013.He has worked in schools in Essex and Hertfordshire for 19 years as a Science Teacher, Key Stage coordinator and County appointed Advanced Skills teacher. He is a Chartered Science Teacher with the Association of Science Education. During this time, he has supported a range of Science departments in Hertfordshire, and has a strong background in mentoring of NQTs. He has a range of experience in supporting Science in primary schools as well working with the Most Able students. He completed his MEd in Leading teaching and Learning with the University of Cambridge in 2012 and remains passionate about ways to develop teacher leadership.  In 2011 he attended an International conference on teaching and Learning in Bosnia, on behalf of the University of Cambridge.  Whilst at Burnt Mill, he has been appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education and has supported local schools. He is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning and especially in ensuring that Science is enjoyable and exciting for all.