Nikki Purcell

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Head of Schools

Nikki has been the Head Teacher of R.E.A.L Independent School since 2013.  She was appointed to Head of Schools for all four Independent in September 2020.  She has a wealth of experience of teaching across all four key stages, both within mainstream and Special school education, and has successfully completed the Leadership Pathways Programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Her previous experience includes working in mainstream schools, a residential special school for learners with speech and communication difficulties and a Pupil Referral Unit, where she was Acting Headteacher for several years before moving to R.E.A.L. Education in 2010.

Nikki has completed her level 2 course for Autism as well as multiple other SEND courses including PACE training, ADHD and has her BSL level 1 qualification.

Nikki is also the school SENCO, Designated Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. (DSL)


RAPS Mansfield will became RIS Mansfield on 27th May. The new RIS website will be launching shortly.

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