Teacher and Associate Team Profiles

Teachers

Ana Roslan BSc(Hons) Neuroscience, PGCE, NPQH

Headteacher and Teacher of Science

Ana joined The Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2014 in the role of Vice Principal having worked in a range of secondary schools in London, Manchester and Cheshire including selective and non-selective schools.  She has significant experience of school improvement and at senior leadership level across three schools.  Ana is also a school governor which has given her another insight into how schools work.

Before going into teaching, Ana was involved in researching nervous system regeneration at University College London and chronic pain research at the Sandoz Institute in London.  She also ran guide and senior section units in Surrey, where she was able to indulge her love of camping and outdoor pursuits.

Ana is a mum of three which keeps her very busy.  She still helps at her daughter’s guide unit and loves to watch all her children play a variety of sports.  When she gets the chance, Ana enjoys running (slowly) for medals!

Jonathan King BA(Hons), PGCE

Deputy Headteacher and Teacher of PE

Emma Leftwick BEd with QTS Design and Technology, PGC SEN

Assistant HeadteacherSENCO and Teacher of Food and Nutrition

Emma joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2017. Prior to this she worked at an Outstanding Secondary school in Flintshire for sixteen years as a Food, Health and Social Care and textiles teacher as well as Head of Learning and Transition. Previously after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University she worked at a secondary school in Hampshire. Emma has continued to develop professionally by completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination through distance learning with Leeds Beckett University and most recently completing her specialist assessor qualification in psychometric testing and Exams Access Arrangements.

Emma is passionate about inclusion within mainstream schools and is always looking at new research into well-being for all students to succeed.

Emma has a keen interest in food and travel and often attempts dishes from around the world at home – particularly Thai and Indian. She is a huge animal fan and is owner to Nellie the school dog. As well as being a Mum she enjoys reading and catching up with friends and family.

 

Julie-Ann Wilson BSc (Hons) Neuroscience and Psychology, PGCE

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Science

Julie-Ann joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2005 following her initial teaching post at Blacon high School. As Assistant Head Teacher for Quality of Education and Head of Science, Julie-Ann is committed to leading excellence in education and particularly values her role as ITT lead. Through her role as Associate Facilitator for STEM Learning, Julie-Ann has offered school-to-school support to raise standards in Science across various schools and is passionate about raising the cultural capital for young people through STEM based experiences. Julie-Ann is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management.

Outside the classroom, Julie-Ann has spent time visiting Biological landmarks such as the Galapagos Islands, where she has been inspired by the vast biodiversity that contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Here she dived with turtles, sharks, seals and tropical penguins and enjoys sharing her experiences with learners at Rudheath Senior Academy.

Jemma Morrell BA(Hons) English Literature and Cultural History, PGCE

Head of English and Extended SLT

Jemma joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2007 after graduating from John Moore’s University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and qualifying for her PGCE at Edge Hill University. Jemma has always remained passionate about literature and has continued to develop this interest by strengthening the literature curriculum at the academy through further training and research. Jemma is particularly interested in how women are portrayed in literature and has taken several academic courses in classical literature and art. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys poetry which she also writes.

Jemma has a keen interest in travelling and has spent time with her family driving through Europe and recently returned from visiting China with some of our students. She enjoys singing, playing the guitar and the piano and shares this love of music with her students to help engage them when studying poetry.

Adam Wright

Head of Maths and Extended SLT

Grace Lycett BA (Hons) English Language, Literacy and Communication, PGCE

Second in English and Literacy Lead

Grace joined Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2016 from an outstanding and high-performing secondary school in Cheshire, having previously also taught in Greater Manchester. After studying for her A-Levels at Sir John Deanes Sixth Form College, she went on to achieve a BA (Hons) in English Language, Literacy and Communication at The University of Manchester. With a special interest in literacy and secondary education, she then went on to study for her PGCE in secondary English with special educational needs.

Grace has a keen interest in providing extra-curricular opportunities for students, having organised several theatre and museum trips. Most notably, Grace has coached teams who have entered the national ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, with a team taking first place in their regional heats! She also has an interest in developing her own teaching and learning practise, most recently completing a course in co-operative learning.

In her spare time, Grace loves to bake cakes and travel, having recently visited America, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Sarah Johns

Teacher of English and Head of Year 7 and 8

Currently on maternity leave.

Jessica Heaton BA (Hons) English Language and English Literature, PGCE

Teacher of English and World Book Day Coordinator

Jess joined Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2017 as an NQT after qualifying as ‘outstanding’ from Edge Hill University. During her time at Rudheath Senior Academy, Jess has been a strong advocate for extra-curricular activities and whole school engagement through her creative writing club which has since seen students as competition winners and published authors. Jess is also our World Book Day Coordinator and this year encouraged staff and students to partake in a range of literary-themed activities around the school whilst dressed as their favourite book characters! Jess loves to inspire and motivate her students through an encouraging classroom atmosphere and positive relationships with students.

During her spare time, Jess enjoys camping and going to music festivals where she has seen many of her favourite bands. She also loves sightseeing and planning mini adventures and has recently visited Berlin, Bruges and Paris… to visit Disney Land!

 

Karen Witter BSc (Hons) Mathematical and Statistical Economics, PGCE

Second in Maths and Numeracy Lead

Karen joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2005 following an initial teaching post here at Rudheath High School as part of her PGCE.  Karen studied at Leicester University and worked at a Chartered Accountancy firm in Chester as an auditor until leaving to start a family and move to London.

Karen has two children and always volunteered to support their schools, supervising on trips and spending time reading with children at their primary schools before deciding to start her own career in teaching. Karen has experience in both pastoral and curriculum areas within the academy and was a Head of Year for 8 years until her recent role as Second in the Maths Department.

Karen loves to travel regularly, especially to visit her villa in Spain. She has a labradoodle called Darcy and is famous for making chocolate brownies.

 

Loui Frost BSc 1st Class Honours Physics, PGCE

Teacher of Maths

Loui joined the Rudheath Senior Academy team in April 2018 following teaching in schools across the South West and working as a fundraiser for a Manchester based charity. Loui is passionate about making maths accessible for students of all ages and abilities through fun and imaginative lessons, ranging from zombie appocolpyse proportion lessons to a Mad Hatter’s tea party to demonstrate ratio. Loui enjoys sharing her quirky resources with teachers around the world, and is hoping to have received half a million downloads by the end of the year.

Loui also has a keen interest in fairtrade and fundraising, and enjoys sharing this passion with her students by supporting them to hold their own fundraisers for charities that are close to their hearts.

 

Vicky Hudson

Second in Science and Primary Links Coordinator

 

 

Ashden Higgins

Teacher of Science and STEM Coordinator

Helen Rooney BA (Hons) French and Russian, PGCE, MA

Subject Lead for Modern Foreign Languages

Helen joined The Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2017.  Helen has a vast experience of teaching Modern Languages in primary, secondary and sixth forms and speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian and has a good understanding of spoken Italian. Helen has held a wide range of roles in both pastoral and curriculum areas during her teaching career and is an experienced Head of Department.

Helen is passionate about language learning and has continued to develop professionally by staying at the forefront of language teaching methodology. She has organised a training event for MFL teachers to be held in November at The Rudheath Senior Academy which will be delivered by one of the most renowned professionals in language teaching and the cognitive mechanisms involved in language processing and acquisition . She firmly believes in a holistic approach to language learning and is keen to organise visits and trips to enhance language learning on a regular basis.

Helen has a keen interest in the international dimension as well as in careers, further and higher education opportunities, she hopes to contribute to these areas during her time at Rudheath.

Natalie Holt

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Guy Lamber BA(Hons) History, PGCE

Subject Lead for History and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Guy joined the Rudheath Senior Academy team in January 2017 having taught at a number of school across the North West.

Guy is a passionate historian and is always looking to enhance learners enjoyment of the subject by using a range of multimedia platforms to engage learners. Guy is keen to develop as many opportunities for learners to experience history outside of the classroom by organising a range of historical trips in both the local area and further afield.

Guy also manages the schools Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and has been recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony at St. James Palace for his commitment to the award program. Guy aims to give all learners the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s award and develop a range of life skills and experiences that will enhance learners potential to be successful when they leave the academy.

In his spare time Guy is a keen runner competing in races all over the world including a number of high profile city marathons such as London and Berlin as well as Ultra trail events such as the Lakeland 50 miles race and the UTMB in France.

 

Phill Brown BA (Hons) Geography and Outdoor Studies, PGCE

Subject Lead for Geography

Phillip joined the school in September 2004 after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Geography and Outdoor Studies and Geography Secondary PGCE with QTS. Through his love of travel and the outdoors Phillip relishes the opportunities to inspire young people to explore the world they live in and encourages them to take an active role in their local and global community.

Stephen Simcock

Teacher of IT and BTEC Quality Nominee

Amanda Cooper

Teacher of Food and Nutrition

Mark Oliver

Teacher of Design Technology and Construction

Laura Pim BA (Hons) Classical Music, PGCE

Teacher of Music and Musical Director

After training as a classical cellist at music college, Laura began her career as a professional musician working with orchestras, string quartets and as a solo cellist. This gave her the opportunity to travel all over Europe to perform, conduct and collaborate with an array of artists and producers for TV, film and musical theatre. It was during this time that Laura discovered her true passion for teaching which then led her to achieve her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Laura enjoys visiting the theatre, learning new instruments, board games and exploring new places.

 

Amanda Walker

Teacher of Art

Amanda is an experienced teacher, with over 14 years in the profession. She has taught in a range of schools and has been employed within NWAT for the past 10 years. In her previous school, Amanda gained experience as a leading practitioner and was part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Amanda has a passion for travelling the world, she taught in a school in Thailand and six years ago she was fortunate enough to have a sabbatical year where she taught in a school in Toowoomba (Nr Brisbane), Queensland Australia.

 

Jess Kennedy BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies with Dance, PGCE

Teacher of Drama and Theatre Director

Prior to completing her PGCE at the University of Chester and working at Rudheath, Jess developed a passion for teaching during her time delivering drama workshops across Romania, introducing and promoting drama and the arts as a creative and educational tool across the curriculum.

During her time at Rudheath she has taught across a range of subject areas. Her passion for the importance the arts have in education continues in her role as Teacher of Drama and extends outside of the classroom. Jess enjoys regular trips to the theatre and introducing her young family to the creative world around us.

Richard Russell BSc(Hons) in Sports Science and Chemistry, PGCE

Head of PE, SSCO and PSCHE Lead

Before joining Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2004, Richard travelled the world for 5 years and taught in Australia, America and Thailand. He has also coached football in America and Indonesia as well working for Disney in Florida. Recent travelling experiences include backpacking in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Colombia where he obtained his Advanced PADI Scuba diving certificate. Richard is also a very keen sportsman and still regularly plays Cricket and Football.

Richard’s goal is to ensure that all children have a positive experience of PE and that this leads to an active and happy lifestyle. In his role as Physical Education and School Sports Coordinator, Richard supports the development of PE in the local primary schools. He particularly enjoys coordinating sporting competitions for our younger children from Wincham, Lostock Gralam, Rudheath Academy, Victoria Road and Witton Church Walk primary schools. During the last 5 years Richard has developed the PSCHE curriculum to ensure our students are ready for the physical, mental and social challenges ahead of them.

Pastoral Team

Adam Threadgold

Head of Year 7 and 8 (maternity cover) and KS3 Learning Coach

Lainy Breithaupt

Head of Year 9 and 10 and KS4 Learning Coach

 

Teaching Assistants

Sandra Skellington

Teaching Assistant and Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors Coordinator

Sandra has lived in Rudheath all her life, coming to school here and then going onto be a Secretary within the motor vehicle sector.  Sandra always felt she should be doing something different and more inspiring and had enjoyed volunteering at the local primary schools supporting children in numeracy and literacy while her own two children were very young. Sandra started here as a mid-day assistant and then a welfare assistant in 2001 before becoming a qualified Level 3 Teaching Assistant and says she has loved every moment of her journey so far, she is passionate about students being the best they can be and moving forward to be future outstanding adults, working alongside staff to remove barriers to learning. Along with her Teaching Assistant role Sandra is also our Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors Coordinator, working with many students in our academy and the community and has organised training for students, staff and parents and supports ambassador led activities, guiding them with the tools and skills to be exceptional leaders now and in the future.

Her hobbies include lots of reading, football (watching), musical theatre and exploring our lovely British countryside especially the National Trust.

 

Sandra Blackmore

Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Coordinator

Janet Yarwood

Teaching Assistant and ELSA Specialist

After training as a Home Economist at Blackpool College of Technology & Art, Jan has enjoyed a career in the food industry including running her own successful free-lance catering business.

Since joining the The Rudheath Senior Academy in 2006 as a Teaching Assistant, Jan has run a daily breakfast club for learners and is a great advocate for healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.  More recently, Jan has furthered her career by becoming an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant ( E.L.S.A).

Jan has many hobbies and passions which include Cordon-Bleu cookery, Health & Fitness, Organic Gardening and Stained Glass.

 

Jackie Brooks

Teaching Assistant and Literacy Specialist

Jackie is a qualified Registered General Nurse working as a Staff Nurse for 25 years in the NHS. During that time Jackie completed her English National Board Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice. This enabled her to mentor student nurses and Health Care Assistants working towards their NVQ.

Jackie joined Rudheath Senior Academy in 2010 as an SEN Teaching Assistant. She supports students with SEN to access the curriculum in mainstream classes and promote inclusion for all. She recently became a Youth Mental First Aid Champion.

Jackie is a Mum and a Nana and is happiest when spending time with her daughter and grandson. She is a keen reader and also enjoys socialising with her close friends. Jackie is an avid follower of Manchester City Football Club.

 

Amanda Birkenhead

Teaching Assistant

 

Support Team

Brian Bennett

IT Officer

Janet Rimmer

Librarian

Janet joined the Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2008 after working for a considerable time within a thriving local business. She began her career here as a TA and enjoyed working with students one to one, in particular, she enjoyed inspiring learners to read. Her work with many different departments and year groups put her in good stead for her current position as the school librarian where she remains dedicated to sharing a passion and love of reading to the students at the academy. Interestingly, Janet studied for her own GCSE exams here at the academy, then known as Rudheath High School and she still has many strong ties to the community.

Janet has a keen interest in reading and enjoys a variety of different genres; this, coupled with her passion for education makes her an expert on recommending books for our students. She is a keen crocheter and in her spare time enjoys craft projects, many of which she has passed on to the staff here.

 

Phil Baker BSc(Hons), PhD

Science Technician

Hannah Boyd

Cover Supervisor

Tom Chambers

Cover Supervisor

 

Admin Team

Liz Blewitt

Finance and HR Manager and Extended SLT

Nina Lockett

Data and Exams Officer

Nina previously worked for Affiniti Research Products a company specialising in antibodies for Neuroscience.  From there she went on to work in Portland, USA for a company manufacturing portable life saving monitors. Nina returned to the UK and became PA to the Professor in Child Health at the University of Nottingham where she worked for 11 years before relocating with her family to Middlewich.

Nina has worked at the Rudheath Senior Academy for 7 years in various roles and is now our Exams and Data Officer. Nina is married and has 5 children and a boxer dog called Boomer.  She is a keen baker and colleagues love to eat her many delicious cakes.

Dawn Williamson

Receptionist and Attendance Officer

 

Site Team

Janet Billington

Caretaker

Gareth Malam

Assistant Caretaker

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    Vice Principal

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    Assistant Principal