Senior Leadership Team
Mr McNiffe - Principal
Mr Wilkinson - Vice Principal
Mrs Cummings - Vice Principal
Mrs Peck - Business Manager
Mr Simcox - Assistant Vice Principal
Mr Bradley - Assistant Vice Principal
Mr Nicklin - Assistant Vice Principal
Mrs Cain - Assistant Vice Principal
Head of Years
Mrs Mitchell - Progress Leader of Year 7 & Leader of Westminster
Mr Pierce - Head of Year 8 & Leader of Durham
Mrs Crawford - Head of Year 9 & Leader of Canterbury
Miss Pettit - Head of Year 10 & Leader of York
Mr Fergurson - Head of Year 11
Mr Simcox - Head of Year 12 & 13
Mr Mudge: Head of SENCo
Mrs Webb: Intervention Teacher
Mrs Battershill - Head of English
Mr Griffin - Second in English
Mr Wright - Head of Media
Mr Kendry - Teacher of English & Media
Mrs King - Teacher of English
Miss Clarke - Teacher of English & Drama
Mr Nicklin - Teacher of English
Miss Owen - English Teacher
Miss Grove - English Teacher and EAL Support
Miss Baynham-Williams - Head of Drama
Mr Aitchison - Teacher of Music & Drama
Miss Wife - Head of Maths
Mr Parkinson - Assistant Head of Maths
Mr Wilkinson - Teacher of Maths
Mr A Rooke - Teacher of Maths
Mr Dixon - Teacher of Maths
Miss Plummer - Teacher of Maths
Mr Bagnall - Maths Support
Mrs Watt - Head of Science (Maternity Leave)
Miss Ayling - Assistant Head of Science
Mr Mudge - Assistant Head of Science
Mrs Hencher - Teacher of Science
Mr Chapman - Teacher of Science
Mrs Adsett - Teacher of Science
Mr Bradley - Teacher of Science
Mrs Snape - Teacher of Science (Maternity Leave)
Mr Hall - Teacher of Science
Mr Jones - Teacher of Science
Mr Caheny - Head of RE
Miss McClelland - Teacher of RE
Mr Pinless - Teacher of RE & Chaplain
Miss Scott-Johnson - Teacher of RE
Miss Savory - Teacher of RE
Miss Lewis - Teacher of RE
Mrs Minto - Head of PE
Mr Pierce - Assistant Head of PE
Mr Rollason - Teacher of PE
Miss Oldham - Teacher of PE
Miss Barrett - Teacher of PE & Dance
Miss Morley - Teacher of PE and Health & Social Care
Mr Ferguson - Teacher of PE
Mrs Townsley - Teacher of Dance
Mrs Austin - Head of Music
Mr Aitchison - Teacher of Music & Drama
Mrs Bayliss - Head of Art
Miss Ward - Teacher of Art
Mr Chilman - Teacher of Photography
Mrs Tupper - Head of History (Maternity Leave)
Miss Lewis - Teacher of History
Miss Hunter-Miller - Teacher of History
Mrs Sallis - Head of Geography
Mr Simcox - Teacher of Geography
Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Le Marechal - Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Ledingham - Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (Maternity Leave)
Miss Lobb - Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Crawford - Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Kelly - Head of Faculty: Technology, ICT & Business
Miss Pettit - Teacher of Business Studies
Mr Kerr - Teacher of Business Studies
Mrs Derwent - Head of DT
Miss Holland - Assistant Head of DT
Mr Shergold - Head of Engineering and Construction
Mrs Odedra - Head of ICT
Miss Wellington - Teacher of ICT & Film Studies
Beauty and Hair
Mrs Snape - Head of Vocational Subjects (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Shaheen: - Teacher of Beauty & Hair (Maternity Cover)
Miss Scott-Johnson - Head of Psychology & Sociology
Mrs Boyle - Teacher of Psychology
Mrs Francis - Alternative Provision Manager
Mr Guilbert - Alternative Provision Assistant
Mrs Korszniak - PACE Support
Miss Baker - Clerk to Governors
Mrs Edgar - PR & Marketing Manager
Mrs Jennings - Lead Administrator/Cover Administrator
Miss Jones - Gateway Learning Hub Manager
Mrs Jordan - HR Officer
Mrs Kear - Receptionist
Mrs Midwinter - Admin Assistant/Sixth Form Support
Mr Newstead- Attendance Officer
Mrs Tiller - PA to the Principal
Mr Vaughan - Exams & Assessment Officer
Mrs Williams - HR Assistant
Mrs Parr - Pastoral Manager - Post 16/Careers advice
Mrs A Taylor - Pastoral Manager
Mr Holder - Pastoral Support Manager
Mrs J Taylor - Personal Education Co-ordinator
Mrs Spence - Roman Catholic Lay Chaplain
Mr Pinless - Anglican Chaplain & Teacher of RE
Mr Cameron - Data Manager
Mrs Pearson - Finance Officer
Mrs Wright - Finance Officer
Mr Broady - Co-Network Manager
Mr Lake - Co-Network Manager
Mrs Magee - Design Technology Technician
Miss Manning - Senior Science Technician
Miss Smith - Reprographics Assistant
Mrs Warburton - Science Technician
Mr Burn - Site and Community Manager
Mr Day - Premises Manager
Mr Burn - Site and Community Manager
Miss Smith - Community Supervisor
Mr Evans - Community Assistant
Mrs Derrick - Community Assistant
Mr Taylor - Community Assistant
Mr Pockett - Community Assistant
Miss Morgan - Community Assistant
School Sports Network
Mr Derrick - School Sports Network Manager
Mrs Quinn - Primary PE Curriculum Specialist
· SEN(D) provision is made for students with learning difficulties resulting from a range of needs, including Communication and interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and Sensory and/or Physical needs. The use of highly personalised support programmes aim to promote progress across the curriculum as well as within the specific area of need, and will vary according to the severity of need.
· All students have access to Inclusive Quality First Teaching (QFT) that is monitored by highly experienced leaders.
· Teaching staff have access to detailed individual SEN(D) information to inform their Teaching & Learning. This includes details of individual student needs on the SEN(D) Register as well as generic information and strategies for a broad range of areas of need; individual Learner Profiles with person centred information and shared teaching strategies that are effective; and reports from external professionals e.g. Education Psychologist, feedback from the SENIT etc.
· Period 7s are used as part of an extended timetable to offer further teaching and support to maximise potential.
· The use of Period 7, examples of SEN(D) Period 7’s are 1:1 tutoring with a Masters Level Intervention Assistant for Maths, 1:1 tutoring with an Intervention Assistant trained in the use of Active Literacy Kit, homework support and reading support. Time for SEN(D) joint planning with teachers and IA’s ensures that SEN(D) learners have access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is well differentiated and takes account of different learning styles and children’s interests.
· Where necessary some learners have access to in-class support from an IA which is effective in promoting the progress of SEN(D) learners across the Academy in areas they might have difficulties with.
· The progress of all SEN(D) students is tracked by leaders & teaching staff as part of the academy assessment cycle to ensure early intervention can be put in place.
· Professional dialogue about every child in school ensures any difficulties are identified early and suitable provision put in place. A clear referral process to SEN(D) Support is in place to support this where the data has identified a potential area of need.
· Identified learners are assessed for Access Arrangements from year 9 onwards, for additional exam support including extra time, a scribe or further adjustments.
· A clear Pastoral structure with clear communication between Pastoral Leads, the Safeguarding Team and the SENCo to ensure the progress, attendance and behaviour of SEN(D) learners is closely monitored and supported.
· A Positive Discipline system provides a very clear, structured process that includes the use of sanctions and rewards at all levels, both in class and around school which supports the SEN(D) learners as they respond well to a clear, consistent approach.
· Pupils are in sets for English, Maths and Science. Subject Leaders have their own criteria but initially it goes on KS2 and Base Line Assessments. Sets are also determined by target grades and performance throughout the year – it is rare for a set not to change during a year to maximise individual progress for all. Some non-core subjects are grouped mixed ability or gender. Subject specific individual targets are set for all students.
· There is a tiered approach to pastoral support ranging from the Deputy Director of Key Stage, Group Tutors, Key Stage Workers, Subject Teachers, Assertive Mentors, and allocated Year 12 mentors as well as nurture support.
· Person Centred Annual reviews for those students who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan allow for clear objectives to be established and any areas of targeted SEN(D) support or reasonable adjustments to be made.
· Student’s views are very important. Students are invited to parent’s evenings, Annual Reviews and students with a Statement of SEN or EHCP fill out a student voice questionnaire annually.
· Where appropriate, the Academy will engage with external agencies to ensure the delivery of effective Special Educational Needs provision.
· Where possibly the Academy will aim to encourage independent learners. Alternative provision and additional resources (including staffing) may be put in place if absolutely necessary to ensure students with Special Educational Needs are fully included in all aspects of school life, including the curriculum, extra- curricular programme and school trips.
· Monitoring of the Teaching & Learning of SEN(D) is the responsibility of the assigned Deputy Director of Learning (DDL) for SEN(D) and learning walks are carried out to ensure teachers are supporting the progress of all learners by all DDLs and Subject Leads.
· A Coaching and Monitoring Cycle allows for the SENCo and Manager of the Resourced Provision to share information with Heads of Department and SEN(D) Second in Departments as well as perform termly learning walks to identify areas of strength and development with Teaching and Learning of SEN(D) students. A reverse learning walk timetable allows for the sharing of good practice.