Meet the Staff
Executive Headteacher: Vicky Davies
Vicky graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Education, and has also achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).Her background in education globally extends over 30 years, incorporating the leadership roles of Headteacher and also Leadership and School Improvement Adviser. Being part of the esteemed Anfield Group, previously as Principal of Anfield School (Tai Wai campus) for eight years, has been the perfect platform on which to prepare for the challenge of establishing our dedicated school for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Executive Headteacher: Anita Patel
Anita took up her position as Head of School in April 2021. After achieving a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology and completing an MSc in Research Methods, Anita went on to work with adults with mental health and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), leading a team of support workers as a Manager for residential and community projects. In 2012, Anita began working in schools across London and the Midlands, and completed her PGCE at the University of Derby, specialising in Science. Since qualifying as a teacher, she has worked across a range of special school settings in the U.K., and undertaken a range of leadership responsibilities.
Anita has supported the establishment of a local special needs network for Early Years and Foundation Stage teachers, and forged links with agencies and professionals to secure support for students and parents. Over the last few years as a Senior Leader, Anita has led on safeguarding, student well-being and the development of the English National Curriculum for students with SEND. With a wealth of experience supporting children with learning needs ranging from moderate to severe, Anita possesses a deep understanding of special education, her specialist experience is invaluable to the Anfield St. Bosco Koon Ying School, and she is truly dedicated to enriching the lives of SEND students, both in the Anfield family and beyond.
Class Teacher – Vicki Huckstep
Vicki is a dedicated and passionate educator who is exceptionally experienced in supporting students with additional learning needs. After achieving a BA (Hons) in Primary Education (with Qualified Teacher Status) at Canterbury Christchurch University, Vicki began her teaching career at a Special Needs School in the U.K for children with additional learning needs that spanned across 14 years with the school. In her time there,
Vicki developed a deep knowledge and understanding of teaching children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Vicki undertook a number of roles, such as a Curriculum Manager, where she devised and implemented a new curriculum across the school. Vicki then became the Key Stage 2 Leader, as well as a leading on Makaton Sign Language, Rebound Therapy and Forest Schools across the whole school. Vicki’s expertise is recognised in her role as a Specialist Leader in Education for Communication and Behaviour that involved consulting other schools on best practice.
For the last four years, Vicki has been teaching children with moderate learning difficulties in the Cayman Islands. Vicki is honoured to have the privilege of supporting our students to reach their full potential.
TA- Reema Fondekar
Reema is committed to changing the lives of all her students and nurturing their true potential by using the motto, ‘from being incremental to exponential’. She has over 6 years experience of working with children from diverse cultural backgrounds and varying age groups ranging from Early Years, Primary to Secondary aged students. Although Reema comes from a background in Human Resources, the experience of becoming a mum changed her perspective and supporting children with their education became a priority.
She has since been passionate about delivering quality student centred learning experiences by working with schools delivering the International Baccalaureate, as well the English National Curriculum. Her journey in supporting educational needs for children has helped her develop an extensive understanding of the learning process. Reema believes that it is imperative that as educators we have a focus on helping our vulnerable children to become independent, learn life and social skills and have learning geared towards individual needs.
Working with Special Needs students in Reema’s career has greatly taught her the value of empathy, patience, flexibility, inclusiveness and an appreciation of personal boundaries. It is hence Reema’s honour to be a part of such a welcoming, caring and inclusive school that strives to improve the quality of life for all its students and families.
TA- Erick Shum
Erick is a strong believer of the endless possibilities for SEND students and is devoted to helping students to reach their full potential. After completing his BSc (Hons) in Psychology at University of Sussex, Erick started his journey in special education working as a trained ABA behavioural therapist. Using a multitude of principled but inventive methods, he had improved the learning experience of many children with ASD and other additional learning needs.
During his time as a therapist, Erick developed an analytical mind for how children’s behaviour manifests and a flexible approach to supporting learning difficulties. In 2020, he went on to lead the operation of an SEN classroom as a Teaching Specialist at Hong Kong International Academy. Erick took on a number of responsibilities, such as Behavioural Assessment, where he interviewed, identified and defined targets for behaviour and learning outcomes. He developed individual learning profiles for students and successfully implemented specific learning programs in areas of readiness, play and social, cognitive, emotional and more.
Erick has experience of teaching students in literacy, numeracy and self help skills in both a classroom and 1-to-1 setting. Erick is excited to improve the learning experience of students at Anfield St. Bosco Koon Ying School!
Therapists– Karen Kei
Karen received her education at the University of Hull with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Sciences at the University of College London in 2015. She is a certified member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist (RCSLT), The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists (HKAST). Karen is a bilingual speech therapist and is fluent in Cantonese and English.
She worked with individuals in a range of settings, including non-government organisations, international schools, local kindergartens and private practices to provide individual and group speech therapy service. Karen feels passionately about working with people with speech, language and social communication difficulties. Karen’s clinical expertise lies in working with clients with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s syndrome, and Developmental Language Disorder. She is a firm believer in early identification and intervention, as well as the importance of building rapport with the child and his/her family to ensure successful therapy delivery and optimised outcomes.
Therapists– Jonathan Li
Jonathan grew up in Hong Kong. He completed his university studies in Los Angeles, California before returning to Hong Kong to practise as an Occupational Therapist. Jon has been working with children with special educational needs (SEN) for at least 5 years. He has practised in a special school setting and a NGO, both settings combined has exposed him to a wide range of children with different diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Delays (DD) and many other learning challenges.
Jon advocates for individual differences and supports every child’s unique learning profile. He believes that fostering a child’s intrinsic motivation is the key to their learning and development of healthy routines and interests. Jon uses a multidisciplinary and family-centred approach in therapy. He collaborates with family members and other professionals to ensure that every child develops and engages in a supportive environment.