Our Key People

We have a dedicated team of teachers and professionals who are inspired to provide a high quality education to young people. Meet the team behind Academy21:


Paul Daniell, Head Teacher

Head Teacher Paul has an MSc in Industrial Management and a PGCE in Secondary Science. Paul has been in education for over 20 years. Paul believes that every child should be given the opportunity to make outstanding progress in their learning. As leader of the school, Paul continues to recruit and develop an excellent teaching force to deliver his vision.


Fiona Wilson, Head of Mathematics

Fiona chose a career as a textile engineer after graduating from Leeds University. When her daughter was born, she stayed at home to raise her but found she needed further stimuli. She enrolled with the Open University, studying for a Foundation Maths degree, which reignited her love for the subject. In 1997, she gained her PGCE at the University of Cumbria before teaching Mathematics in Lancashire schools.

She finds teaching online to be incredibly fulfilling. Fee believes that through the virtual classroom she gets to know her students much better than she would in a mainstream school environment; their focus and dedication constantly amazes her.

Outside of the virtual classroom, Fiona enjoys choral singing, reading prolifically, and exploring her creative side making jewellery from precious metals and gemstones.


Mel Jones, Head of ICT, Computer and Business Subjects

Mel took an unconventional route to becoming a teacher, although she began her career teaching outdoor education while working in Health & Safety and Adult Education. She qualified in 2004 after completing a Graduate Training Programme (GTP), which throws candidates in at the deep end and has them teaching from day one.

Mel taught in two state schools in Hertfordshire, becoming co-ordinator for Key Stage 3 ICT at the end of her NQT year and primary ICT co-ordinator teaching Years 5 to 11. She has also taught Business Education, Leisure, and Tourism & Recreation at GCSE and A Level.

In 2007, Mel began teaching online when she relocated to Wales, quickly rising to Head of Department. She joined Academy21 in September 2011. Mel enjoys the interaction with students in a virtual classroom and particularly delights in using the latest technology to deliver the subject of ICT.


Sue Robinson, Head of Science

Sue worked as an applied plant scientist for eight years at Wye College in Kent, where she also gained her PhD in the genetics of bean diseases. She took her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church College and has since taught secondary science, and held management positions, at schools in London, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Liverpool.

Sue actually really misses the hands-on practical side of science teaching in mainstream but she has remarked that not having to evacuate her labs for the fire brigade on a regular basis makes a refreshing change!