Our staff

Ms Lauren Thorpe

Ms Thorpe was appointed as Principal of Compass School Southwark in March 2014, having held the position of Interim Principal since January 2014. Ms Thorpe participated in the Teach First programme and has experience of teaching and leadership in a range of schools, both in the UK and Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Compass School, Ms Thorpe was the Research and Corporate Partnership Director of the independent think tank, Reform, located in Westminster, where she led on research and policy ideas covering the education sector, business environment and infrastructure. Earlier in her career, Ms Thorpe spent over two years working in finance, where she held the position of Equity Research Associate for a global investment bank in Canary Wharf.

Ms Thorpe holds a Master’s degree in ICT in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London, and an undergraduate Batchelor of Science Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Durham.

You can reach Ms Thorpe at principal@compass-schools.com.

Mr David Collins
Director of School

Mr Collins joined Compass School Southwark in September 2014. He is an experienced teacher and school leader with over fourteen years teaching experience and eight years experience working as a Senior leader in a London Secondary School and Academy. He has shown successful leadership in teaching and learning at both KS4 and KS3, resulting in improved academic outcomes and strong links with community partners. He holds a master’s degree from St Mary’s University, and a PGCE and undergraduate degree in Geography and Economics from the University of Exeter.

Mr Collins has a passion for world development and travel, and for education in London and around the world through work with a school in Colombia. He is also a keen runner.

At the exciting time of growth and excellence for Compass Schools Southwark, he brings with him the energy, enthusiasm and drive to ensure that all people in the Compass Community succeed in all they aspire to achieve.

Ms Victoria Cockram
Director of Learning

Miss Cockram joined Compass School Southwark in September 2014. She is an experienced teacher and school leader with over ten years of teaching experience in London schools. She has participated in a number of international teacher study visits with Teach First and Future Leaders to both the United States and Europe.

Miss Cockram holds a master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology from University College London, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from University College London.


Mr James Hayward
Senior Leader of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

Mr Hayward joined Compass School in September 2016, having previously led a large Science faculty in an East London school for nine years.   He holds an Honours Degree in Biochemistry, having studied at the University of Bath.  After an internship as a toxicologist with the NHS he decided that teaching others about Science was his calling, and went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Education followed by a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Exeter and started his teaching career in 2001.  Mr Hayward has also worked with the Teaching Leaders programme and currently facilitates training for groups of Science leaders from other schools in and around London.  He is also working toward the National Qualification for Senior Leadership.

Mr Hayward is excited to be leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) because he believes these subject areas are essential to help all communities and societies around the world to develop and lead better lives.  He has a passion for new technologies and science fiction, believing that everyone everywhere should experience wonder in the world around them and always ask the questions “how?” and “why?”.

Ms Sarah Hill
Senior Leader of Achievement

Ms Hill joined Compass School Southwark in June 2015. Ms Hill is originally from the West Midlands where she gained a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Central England. She has a passion for reading and writing, and loves film. She aspires to combine these interests by starting to write her own screenplays.

Since moving to London she has spent nine years’ working in a pastoral role in South East London, at both middle and senior leadership levels. Ms Hill is looking forward to working with and contributing towards the success of the young people of Compass School Southwark.

Ms Sarah Milburn
Senior Leader of Communications and Culture

Ms Milburn has been teaching History since 2008 and enjoys every moment of delving into the past with her students. She is eager to continue her own learning of History especially when it is because students themselves have asked for projects that look into their heritage or a unique aspect of a popular historical topic.

Ms Milburn is a Teach First Ambassador and likes to stay up to date with educational policy through the Teach First Ambassador network. She has experience of teaching and leading in a number of different inner-city London schools in roles such as Head of History, Lead for Global Perspectives Research and Head of Humanities. These experiences led her to take on the role of Senior Leader for Communications and Culture at Compass School Southwark to explore leadership on a whole school level across a variety of different subjects such as English, Creative and Performing Arts and the Humanities.

In addition to teaching, Ms Milburn spent three years of her career working outside of schools and in the wider education sector from international development to educational research. This includes her role as an Education Consultant in Uganda for UK based charity PEAS who set up secondary schools in remote parts of Africa. Whilst working as an Education Consultant, PEAS set up eight new schools in Uganda and built their reputation within the Ministry of Education. Following her time in Uganda, Ms Milburn worked with social enterprise Enabling Enterprise as a Senior Associate for Research and Development. This saw her lead on a piece of action research with UBS into soft skill development in Hackney primary and secondary school students and culminated in a publication on Character Education.

Ms Milburn holds an Oxford MA in Modern History after graduating from The University of Oxford in 2008.

Mrs Christy Aiworo
Leader of PE

Ms Aiworo joined Compass School in September 2014 as a PE and Science Teacher. Ms Aiworo is an experienced teacher who completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a combined honours degree in Physical and Health Education, followed by a postgraduate certificate in Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. As well as being passionate about Physical Education, Ms Aiworo is a keen advocate of literacy and numeracy in PE. She also has experience in teaching at Primary as well as being a former Schools Sports Coordinator for two London boroughs.

Ms Aiworo grew up in London and is very excited to be teaching in our community. S he has a strong belief that every child can make progress and succeed.

In her spare time she is involved with charities that focus on developing the youth and the underprivileged minorities in society.

Ms Victoria Cunninghame
Teacher of Computing

Ms Cunninghame joined Compass school in September 2016 having previously taught in Liverpool for five years. She completed a PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University and holds an undergraduate degree in Education Studies and Information Technology from Liverpool Hope University.  She has a passion for Computing and wishes to engage, innovate and challenge students to explore all aspects of Computer Science.

Mr Jorge Enriquez Borges
Teacher of PE and Lead Sports Coach

Mr Enriquez Borges joined Compass School full time in September 2016, having worked at the school part time since March 2016. Mr Borges is originally from Cuba where he gained a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and Sport Science from the University of Manuel Fajardo and a postgraduate degree in Psychology and Pedagogy. After graduating, he coached the Cuban National Basketball Team for 5 years before moving to London.

Mr Borges who also hold a Diploma in sports massage therapy, spends his spare time delivering athletics training sessions to young people and families. With over 25 years of experience in teaching Physical Education and coaching, Mr Borges takes pride in his professionalism, classroom management and leadership, inspiration, and ability to creatively modify games and activities to fit his student’s needs.

Mr Borges is looking forward to contributing to the future of Compass School Southwark and hopes to share insights gained over a lifetime of training and coaching with the students. He aspires to be a main proponent of why students want to move, play, exercise, and live a healthy and active lifestyle and wants to bring out the best in each student, using cutting-edge techniques, expert instruction and fun drills.

Mr Matthew Flowers
Teacher of PE and Head of House (North)
Ms Emily Green
Teacher of Art & Design

Ms Green joined the school in 2016 having taught Art & Graphic Communications in West Ealing for two years. After achieving a first degree in Games Art and Design from Norwich University of the Arts, and a Professional Masters in Games Development with distinction, Ms Green set up her own games company with a group of peers which will see its first game released during 2016. Ms Green has also work on projects for Sony and the BBC, as well as being nominated for a Scottish BAFTA Best Newcomer award for a short independent game. Following these amazing experiences she discovered that she absolutely loved teaching!

Ms Green is very excited to be working at Compass at such an important time in its story, helping to develop innovative and outstanding courses and see through our first exam groups. As well as teaching Ms Green still invests time in her own artwork, both manual and digital.

I find keeping up my own skills and independent work feeds directly into creating a strong and engaging curriculum.

Mr Jean-Paulo Guilherme
Teacher of MFL and Careers Co-ordinator
Ms Clare Hayward
Teacher of English and Head of House (West)

Miss Hayward joined the Compass School in January 2016, having previously taught in schools around London and Kent in the eight years since she began teaching.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English and Social Science as well as a PGCE in Secondary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and has a great passion for reading a wide range of books which she likes to use to help her in the education setting.

In her spare time, Miss Hayward also teaches ballet and tap to young people, something which she thoroughly enjoys and which allows her to continue to develop her passion for all different types of dance.

From September 2016, Miss Hayward is looking forward to undertaking her role as Head of House for West as she wishes to be able to help every student in her house to be able to reach the goal to which they aspire to!

Mrs Stefania Helme
Teacher of Art and Design

Mrs Helme joined Compass school in September 2013. She has taught in a range of schools across London and the North East of England. Mrs Helme completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education, following a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface pattern design at Leeds college of Design.

Mrs Helme says:

“Art is a subject that should inspire and challenge students; this is my aim. I want students to experience and explore many aspects within Art and Design and be proud of the work they produce. I love seeing the diverse ideas and outcomes that my students create.”

Ms Amy James
Teacher of Maths
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