The Digital School is led by Creative Director, Simon Gale, who describes the team as “bound together by our passion for all things digital and our desire to create opportunities for all our students whilst they are with us and when they leave us”.
Simon Gale, Creative Director – founding member and the driving force behind the Digital School, Simon has worked for Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust for over 15 years and is driven by a passion for digital inclusion and accessibility. He enjoys engaging with and developing ideas and innovations with pupils and students.
Karen Cunningham – Lead Project Manager – Karen joined the team as Lead Project Manager in 2019 and spearheads the Digital School team’s relationship management with key partners and leads on all community based projects.
Simon Adams, Digital Developer – founding member of the Digital School Team and a familiar voice on our weekly student podcasts, Simon has a background in curriculum and edits our digital magazine with students across our College and Academy sites.
Sean McCann, Digital Developer – founding member of the Digital School with many years of teaching experience, Sean is enthusiastic about bringing new technologies into the classroom and is passionate about computing and virtual reality being accessible to all students and pupils.
David Noble, Programmer – founding member of the Digital School with over 10 years of ICT experience, David is an expert programmer and collaborates with our students to create resources that enable them to learn and achieve through the use of digital media.
Aaron Tyler – Digital Developer (former home-grown Apprentice) – Aaron joined Orchard Hill College in 2015 and after successfully completing his Traineeship course, he then progressed onto a Digital Learning Apprenticeship. Aaron’s goal was to gain IT skills and achieve paid employment; since joining the Digital School team he has achieved both and can now build web pages and has learnt how to code. Aaron is now a full-time Digital Developer.
Matthew Norbury – Apprentice – After completing his course at the Vocational Progression Centre in 2018 Matt started as a volunteer with the Digital School. He has since progressed in his career and is now an Apprentice, supporting the digital team full time. Matt said: “Part of my role is being a Learning Support Assistant at some of the academies in the Trust and at Sutton Life Centre, where I get to share my digital knowledge. The biggest highlight of my job is helping students and members of my local community to enjoy technology.”
Kieran Lowe – Kieran joined the Digital School as a volunteer in his spare time whilst he was studying at NESCOT College, He showed great promise and really enjoyed working with students. He is now happy to be a part-time games developer for the Digital School.