Biographies

  • Ms Vivienne Mills

    Headteacher

    Vivienne Mills took up Headship at Milton Keynes Primary PRU in September 2015. Prior to this role she has led two Ofsted outstanding graded settings in Devon and Wolverhampton and has led a National Early Years Teaching Centre and a National Childcare and Early Learning Hub.

    As an educator, Vivienne is an “inspirer of learning” and has worked with many vulnerable and disengaged children and young people throughout her professional career. She has also worked in the field of Early Years, Crime and Disorder, Drug and Alcohol Services, Youth Crime Prevention, Strategy and Forward Planning and Environmental Education. However, her passion has always been in making a difference by “supporting every individual to recognise and build on their strengths to develop their unique potential.”

    Vivienne is a certified expressive arts therapist and has extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and young people aged 3-19. She specialised in working with children and young people with attachment challenges, communication, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress disorders, Post Adoption and a variety of mental health challenges.

    Vivienne is a strong advocate for lifelong learning and has her National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH), National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL), is a certified expressive arts therapist and has an MA in Education, MA in Policy and Social Studies and a BA in Landscape Architecture (with a specialism in Environmental education). She is also a qualified early year’s teacher.

    Her educational philosophy is; “As a lifelong learner, I believe learning is for life. Each person, child or adult, is a unique individual with innate strengths, who needs a secure, safe, caring and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, culturally, physically and socially. It is my passion, as an educator, to enable this environment to be created and inspire children to thrive and develop that unique potential through curiosity, active learning, awe and wonder, exploration and discovery to become a lifelong learner”.

    In her spare time Vivienne enjoys spending time with her cat, Artie, bodyboarding, running, cycling, writing novels and being in nature.

  • Mrs Jo McAuliffe

    School Business Manager

    Jo McAuliffe started at MK Primary PRU in May 2017. After studying Business and Finance, she started working in the Finance Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1997 she moved government departments into the Education Sector where she worked as an Audit and Assurance Manager. In 2011 she decided to pursue a change of career working in the Maths Department of a local Secondary School.

    Jo represents the Headteacher for all things non-teaching. She is therefore responsible for a number of areas including finances, human resources and health and safety.

    She enjoys spending time with her family and friends alongside being an ASA Judge at swimming competitions and she is also an active gym member, particularly enjoying Spinning.