Senior Leadership Team

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We have a team of 4 senior colleagues in the school ably assisted by a strong network of middle leaders; the team consists of: Headteacher, 2 Deputy Headteachers and 2 Assistant Headteachers.

For 2018/19, we also have 2 Associate Assistant Heads for this academic year.

We have included a brief resume of each of our roles in the biographies below. There are, of course, many responsibilities beyond those listed, but this will give you a good flavour of our key roles should you wish to contact the school.

Mr Neil Frost


Responsible for the strategic direction of the academy, staffing the academy, the academy’s self-evaluation processes, dealing with external agencies, interaction with the Local School Advisory Board and the Trust.

Mrs Jackie Essery

Deputy Headteacher

Responsible for the curriculum, the options processes, the quality of curriculum delivery in the classroom, overview of the work of the curriculum areas, including work related learning opportunities and PSHE. Mrs Essery is also responsible for student outcomes, exam arrangements and data management.

Mr Matthew Suttenwood

Deputy Headteacher

Responsible for teaching and learning, the overall learning experience, line management of the Professional Tutor, strategies to develop our most able, and the school’s overall literacy strategy.

Ms Judith Jackson

Assistant Headteacher

Responsible for the behaviour and safety of students in the school; additionally leads on whole school productions and news items within the school. Designated Safeguarding Lead, including overview of our most vulnerable students and line managing SENCo; liaising with external agencies around child protection.

Ms Nicky Solis

Assistant Headteacher

Responsible for assessment strategy across the school, ensuring a synergy with SWECET assessment strategy, embedding new GCSE specifications in the vast majority of subjects, and our engagement with PiXL strategies to raise outcomes. She also continues to be Curriculum Leader for Maths in the interim.

Mr James Pickering

Associate Assistant Head

Responsible for student outcomes, behaviour and attitudes to learning, and line manages the Year Leaders. Responsibility for homework across the school, including online learning. Additionally, responsible for KS2 to 3 transition programmes.

Mr Amin Rahman

Associate Assistant Head

Responsible for curriculum review, curriculum development, setting and option processes. Also responsible for developing a QA process, and embedding the vision across the school. Mr Rahman is also Curriculum Leader for Computing.