Educated at Lewes Old Grammar School and Canterbury Christ Church University where he studied for a degree in Teacher Education and Religious Studies, Mr Veale commenced his teaching career in Kent in 1996. Mr Veale has taught in six schools, ranging from Voluntary Aided, Maintained and two Academies across three different local authority areas. He has taught in the majority of the primary phase ranging from Reception to Year 6 and has held various responsibilities for subject areas ranging from RE, PE, art, science, collective worship and behaviour across the six schools.
Mr Veale commenced his NQT year in a village school on the outskirts of Sittingbourne, in Kent. After successfully completing his NQT year, he was promoted to Art leader. Mr Veale gained further promotion leading science at Whitstable Junior School and was instrumental in developing investigative science across the school.
Mr Veale became an Assistant Head teacher whilst teaching in Canterbury and embarked on his NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) which he attained in 2007. During this time, he developed his understanding of the Extended Services agenda and worked with a range of different stakeholders in order to improve the educational outcomes for children. He then took up post as a Deputy Head teacher in a large junior school in Ashford, before commencing his first headship in Medway in 2010. Mr Veale became substantive head teacher of Atwood in 2015.
Mr Veale’s professional interests range from whole school improvement and development to implementing exciting new learning initiatives that enhance the learning for the children. He is particularly proud of the music and sport provision at Atwood as well as fostering a community spirit among staff, parents and children. This community spirit is known as ‘Team Atwood’.
Beyond Atwood, Mr Veale is both a member of Croydon’s Schools’ Forum and the Chair of the High Needs Block which forms part of the Schools’ Forum. He often sits on Independent Appeal Panels for both Admissions as well a Independent Review Panels for Permanent Exclusions.
In his spare time, Mr Veale enjoys cycling, walking and gardening, as well as reading and all aspects of history. Mr Veale volunteers at the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway, a heritage industrial railway in Kent.
Living in the coastal town of Whitstable with his wife and two primary aged children, Mr Veale balances the demands of Headship with enjoying family life.