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Our Staff

Jenny McConnell, Principal


Jenny McConnell is proud to be the Principal at Dawn House School with over 15 years of leadership experience, initially being Head of Therapy, leading an innovative team who delivered a transdisciplinary approach to pupil's complex needs. She took over as Principal in 2017, having completed the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) and currently has responsibility for the strategic development of the school and also contributes to the wider work of I CAN. 


Jenny’s BSc in Speech Pathology and Therapy initially took her to work in the NHS, working with children with Speech Language and Communication Needs, young adults who experienced head trauma or had acquired neurological conditions and children in special education. Jenny spent some time on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists management board representing the non-maintained sector and is currently a Trustee for NASS (National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools).  Jenny has led safeguarding across the school for over 10 years, an aspect of school which was significant in the school’s outstanding Ofsted outcome in March 2018.

Kelly Fedun  -  Deputy Principal 

Kelly has been Deputy Principal since April 2020, supporting Jenny with the strategic development of the school, overseeing the whole school curriculum and assessment, recruitment and staffing and the Pupil Premium grant.  

Kelly graduated from Keele University in 2001 with a degree in Psychology and Conductive Education and QTS in Primary Education.  She has since gone on to complete the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) and Leading the Outstanding Special School certificate.


Kelly has worked in Special Education for the past 20 years.  During this time, she has taught from EYFS to 6th form, coordinated English and New Technologies, been Head of KS2, Vice Principal and has previously led the Nottinghamshire County Physical Disability Specialist Service.  

Jacinta Burke, Assistant Head Teacher


Jacinta has responsibility for KS3 and 4. After a degree in Fine Art, Jacinta qualified as a teacher from De Montfort University in 1999 and worked in secondary education as a Head of Art , KS3 Coordinator and Transitions Coordinator for a number of years, before spending some time as SENCO and Assistant Headteacher in a Learning Centre, a role which included responsibility as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Literacy Coordinator.


Jacinta came to Dawn House School in September  2012 as an English Coordinator. She worked as a tutor in KS3 and 4 before becoming Assistant Headteacher. Jacinta also works as member of the Assessment Service team. 

Andrea Robinson, Head of Therapy and Assessment Service


Andrea qualified from De Montfort University in 2007 and worked initially for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist with a range of children from 0 to 18. During her time at the NHS she specialised in stammering and worked in specialist schools for children with ASD and communication disorders.


Andrea came to Dawn House School in December 2014 as an SLT Coordinator. She worked across the age ranges, starting in the Sixth Form, moving then to the Primary class, Chimes and KS4.  Andrea became Head of Therapy in April 2018 supporting and line managing the Therapy and Wellbeing Team in school.  Andrea completed a Level 5 course in Leadership and Management of Social Care and Children’s Services in December 2018.  Andrea is passionate about speech and language therapy and the wider impact of children's communication on their life chances and is the Trustee for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for the north of England. 


Andrea has achieved many awards throughout her career including the Advancing Healthcare Award for putting speech and language therapy "Into the Limelight" and "Overall Winner" in 2012. 


Karen Lindley, Finance and School Business Manager


Karen Lindley MSc, CGMA is a Chartered Accountant (CIMA) with a degree in Oriental Studies from The University of Oxford (1986), a post-graduate diploma in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management from Leeds Becket University (1988)  and a master’s degree in Information Management & Finance from The University of Westminster (2001).


Karen has worked extensively in business - in finance, procurement and cost control roles in a number of major London hotels, and has significant work experience as Financial Controller for a management consultancy. She adds to the above experience an ISO Qualified Lead Auditor status in Information Security Management and Business Continuity.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and has recently been elected a Trustee to the board of local Nottingham-based charity Ignite! who encourage uptake of STEM subjects in schools.


She joined the school in August 2020 as Finance and School Business Manager and oversees the school business office including Finance, HR and recruitment, Procurement, IT, Site Management, Catering, and the administration and domestic teams.