Opening September 2026

Our team

We are currently only two directors developing the school which will not open until 2026. When we are ready to start recruitment, we will add the details to the website. This is us (or you can find our more about us on the Hawthorn Learning pod website.

Maz Wilberforce

Head teacher

Founder - Director

Maz is a warm and experienced headteacher with a master’s level qualification (MA in Education) and is a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo). Maz firmly believes in the power of child-centred education, which prioritises individual needs, interests, and strengths. With over 20 years of experience in education, Maz is dedicated to fostering and creating a nurturing learning environment in which students feel safe, valued, and empowered to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally, enabling them to thrive and make a positive impact on the world.

Maz maintains that education extends beyond the walls of the school, and forging strong partnerships with parents, families, and local organisations is essential to provide the best possible educational experience for every student.

Pronouns: she/her

Tomlin Wilding

Deputy headteacher

Founder - Director

Tomlin is a neuropsychology researcher, writer and educator. They specialise in neurodiversity, human development and relationships, and human needs. They hold post-graduate qualifications in psychology, counselling, human resources and training. They have also worked in child development for nearly 25 years supporting children and families in education, home and healthcare settings. They have written successful parenting courses and trained hundreds of educators and professionals in parent-child relationship building.

As a neurodivergent parent of four neurodivergent children, their passion lies in supporting humans to live their own authentic lives empowered with understanding and tools that allow them to consider their whole selves, have meaningful relationships, and pursue whatever brings them joy.

Pronouns: they/them

Join the team

We will be looking to recruit a full team when we open as a registered school in 2026.

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