Staff Members

    Senior Leadership Team
    • Lee Barber

      Headteacher

    • Julie-Ann Wilson

      Deputy Headteacher

    • Jemma Morrell

      Head of English and Designated Safeguard Lead

    • Lydia Garrett

      SENDCo & Acting Assistant Head Teacher to Behavior and Special Educational Needs

    • Adam Wright

      Head of Maths and Extended SLT

    Pastoral and Head of Year Team
    • Sarah Pierce

      Teacher of English and Head of Year 7

    • Phill Brown 

      Subject Lead for Geography & Head of Year 8

    • Keira Fleming

      Teacher of PE & Head of Year 9

    • Grace Lycett

      Teacher of English & Head of Year 10

    • Amanda Cooper

      Teacher of Food & Head of Year 11

    • Emma Nelson

      Children's Advocate

    • Dawn Williamson

      Attendance Officer

    Curriculum Staff
    • Tom Freeman

      PE Teacher

    • Debbie Castaldo

      Teacher

    • Thomas Davies

      Teacher

    • Kate Dodgson

      Teacher of Design & Technology

    • Lucy Heaton

      Teacher of Humanities

    • Ashden Higgins

      Teacher of Science and STEM Coordinator

    • Vicky Hudson

      Second in Science and Primary Links Coordinator

    • Jess Kennedy

      Teacher of Drama and Theatre Director

    • Phillip Magee

      Teacher of Science

    • Guy Lambert 

      Subject Lead for History and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

    • Pierangelo Montanaro

      Teacher of MFL

    • Laura Pim

      Teacher of Music, Head of Creative Arts and ITT/NQT Coordinator

    • Richard Russell 

      Head of Faculty for Sport and Well-being

    • Alice Shaw

      Teacher

    • Stephen Simcock

      Teacher of IT and BTEC Quality Nominee

    • Ruth Stockley

      Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and PE

    • Jemma Wilson

      Teacher of English

    • Amanda Walker

      Teacher of Art

    • Jessica Heaton

      Teacher of English and World Book Day Coordinator

    • Karen Witter

      Teacher of Maths

    Teaching Assistants & Faculty Support
    • Sharon Dean

      Teaching Assistant

    • Tom Chambers

      Cover Supervisor

    • Hannah Boyd

      Cover Supervisor and Year 7 Hub Teacher

    • Phil Baker

      Science Technician

    • Janet Rimmer

      Teaching Assistant

    • Jackie Brooks

      Teaching Assistant and Literacy Specialist

    • Janet Yarwood

      Teaching Assistant and ELSA Specialist

    • Sandra Blackmore

      Teaching Assistant

    • Sandra Skellington

      Teaching Assistant

    Business Support
    • Jack Jevons

      Business Manager

    • Sophie Sutcliffe

      Business Administration Assistant

    • Alisha King

      Receptionist Administrator

    • Brian Bennett

      IT Officer

    • Janet Billington

      Caretaker

    • Gareth Malam

      Site Team

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    Lee Barber

    Headteacher

    Lee Barber, Headteacher

    As Headteacher, I am responsible for the leadership and management of the school, working in close partnership with North West Academies Trust to set vision and strategy to deliver an outstanding education and school experience. I also retain executive leadership of UTC Warrington, with whom Rudheath Senior Academy will work closely with to benefit from expertise and world class facilities in technical education.
    At the heart of Rudheath Senior Academy will be a culture of ‘Excellence and Kindness’; being the best version of ourselves every single day, whilst being kind to all of our school peers so each individual feels safe and supported. I am a passionate believer in providing a curriculum that prepares students to progress on to pathways that will help them achieve great things in life, whether that be via college, an apprenticeship or a job. I want students to have great options to pursue at school, combined with enrichment opportunities that will provide them with the cultural capital to leave school and excel in a competitive world.
    Rudheath is my third Headship opportunity, after successfully leading 2 previous institutions. After building and running 2 brand new Academies, I am enjoying the challenge of developing a well-established school that sits in the heart of its community. Previous to Headship, I was a senior leader in an 11-19 school in Salford, but began my teaching career as a ICT and PE Teacher in Oldham.
    Outside of teaching, I have served as an Officer in the RAF Air Cadets for many years and currently serve as Combined Cadet Force (Army) Contingent Commander at UTC Warrington, where our cadets work closely with the Royal Engineers. Both organisations provide amazing opportunities for young people; being a cadet myself was the best experience of my youth, enabling me to achieve a pilot’s licence, Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and significant leadership training. I also coach a football team and am a qualified mountain leader.

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    Julie-Ann Wilson

    Deputy Headteacher

    Miss Wilson: Deputy Headteacher

    Miss Wilson 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 a teacher of Science, Miss Wilson is committed to leading excellence in education and particularly values her role as ITT lead. Through her role as Associate Facilitator for STEM Learning, Miss Wilson 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. She is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management.
    Outside the classroom Miss Wilson 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.

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    Jemma Morrell

    Head of English and Designated Safeguard Lead

    Mrs. Morrell: Head of English and Designated Safeguard Lead

    Mrs. Morell 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. Mrs. Morrell 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. She 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.
    Mrs. Morrell 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.

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    Lydia Garrett

    SENDCo & Acting Assistant Head Teacher to Behavior and Special Educational Needs

    Mrs. Garrett: SENDCo & Acting Assistant Head Teacher to Behavior and Special Educational Needs

    Qualifications include BA Hons in English Drama and Education, Masters in Education and she is currently completing SENCO qualification.

    Mrs. Garrett is an English and Drama teacher and her passion lies within these subjects. She is the school SENCo, so supports those students who need a little extra provision to achieve their potential. Mrs. Garret is also in charge of driving positive behavior in school all to ensure we have a calm, engaging learning environment in each classroom. She also teaches Media Studies and Business Studies leading her to have a very versatile day.

    Mrs. Garrett really enjoys working or Rudheath Senior Academy because of the staff and the children. She believes we have such a talented, kind and caring staff team that genuinely want the children here to succeed and that the new building is going to give our young people so many opportunities to fly. She is excited to see what comes next.

    Mrs. Garrett owns a Play and Learn Centre in Lancashire, so a lot of her spare time is spent there with Spiderman or Elsa. She has three young daughters who she spends a lot of time with and they all love to watch Strictly Come Dancing on the TV in the evenings. She is also a complete theatre nerd and loves reading due to her passion for English Language and Literature.

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    Adam Wright

    Head of Maths and Extended SLT

    Mr. Wright: Head of Maths and Extended SLT

    Mr. Wright joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2007 after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) in International Business, studying elected modules in Statistics and French. After working within the hospitality industry, Mr. Wright then qualified for his PGCE in Mathematics in 2007. He is passionate to encourage students to excel and enjoy his subject and attributes this to his own experiences of high school. The impact of a single teacher transformed his perception and enjoyment for the subject and promoted further study, post GCSE. Mr. Wright has always been committed to improving numeracy levels across the academy believing that a solid grounding is key for success in any field.
    Mr. Wright enjoys travelling with his wife and now also with his two young daughters, who he hopes to get on skis in the very near future..

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    Sarah Pierce

    Teacher of English and Head of Year 7

    Miss Pierce: Teacher of English and Head of Year 7

    Miss Pierce has a degree with honors in English Literature from Bangor, University of Wales, and went on to study her PGCE at Bangor Education Site following this. She started her career as an English teacher in 2002 and her employment at Rudheath Senior Academy began in September 2017. Miss Pierce enjoys the challenges of ensuring that students have a smooth transition from primary school and specifically enjoys her role, working as Head of Year 7 with a fantastic team of form tutors and support staff. Every day in her career is different and she love the variety and adventure that teaching English offers.

    In Miss Pierce's spare time she has worked for Cheshire Constabulary as a Special Constable which she sadly decided to give this up after four years of service in October 2019, due to time commitments. It is a time in her life where she was proud to volunteer her spare time supporting the community of Northwich and Winsford and she was one of two finalists for the Lord Ferrer’s Award in 2017, for Special Constable Individual of the Year in the UK.

    Miss Peirce is a devoted mother of two girls and spends her weekends supporting her girls’ love of cricket, ballet and swimming. She also loves trips to remote areas of Scotland, especially in winter and she is saving for a dream family holiday to California, USA for 2030.

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    Phill Brown 

    Subject Lead for Geography & Head of Year 8

    Mr. Brown: Subject Lead for Geography & Head of Year 8

    Mr. Brown 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 he 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.

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    Keira Fleming

    Teacher of PE & Head of Year 9

    Miss Fleming: Teacher of PE & Head of Year 9

    Qualifications include PGCE in Physical Education and BA Hons in Physical Education and areas of expertise are both Physical Education, specifically Hockey and Performing Arts with Dance.

    Miss Fleming enjoys working at Rudheath Senior Academy as it like being part of a friendly, welcoming community whilst contributing to the success of the local area.

    Outside of work Miss Fleming has many sporting interests she is captain and plays hockey for Wilmslow Hockey Club Ladies 1s Team, competes in Ten Pin Bowling for Cheshire and also participates in mountaineering challenges such as the ‘Three Peaks’ and the ‘Wainwrights’ as well as regularly visiting and exploring the Lake District. Miss Fleming also adores her two dogs and 13 chickens. Upcycling old items is a passionate hobby of hers in order to reuse items in new ways instead of contributing to landfill.

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    Grace Lycett

    Teacher of English & Head of Year 10

    Mrs. Lycett: Teacher of English & Head of Year 10

    Mrs. Lycett 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.

    Mrs. Lycett has a keen interest in providing extra-curricular opportunities for students, having organised several theatre and museum trips. Most notably she 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, Mrs. Lycett loves to bake cakes and travel, having recently visited America, Hong Kong and Thailand.

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    Amanda Cooper

    Teacher of Food & Head of Year 11

    Miss Cooper: Teacher of Food & Head of Year 11

    It was after completing her Degree at Huddersfield University and then working for the Youth Service that Miss Cooper realised that working with young people was the path she wanted to take. She qualified from Bretton Hall College part of Leeds University in 1993 as a teacher of food and art textiles and went on to teach in Llandrillo College in Wales working with students of all ages, also running an art therapy course for students with learning needs. Miss Cooper took a year out of teaching to work as a Nanny/Tutor this was an amazing experience with opportunities to travel and meet people. She has many interesting stories.

    Miss Cooper joined Rudheath Senior Academy in 2014 after working for 11 years at a school in Warrington as teacher of food and textiles and was part of the Middle Leaders Team taking on the role of Head of Year for five years working closely with key stage 4.

    Since being at Rudheath Senior Academy she has enjoyed encouraging pupils to enter competitions such as the Rotary Young Chef competition and Young Chef Competition hosted by Warrington College. She is looking forward to being part of the Middle Leaders Team again and working as a Head of Year.

    Miss Cooper has enjoyed travelling and spent five weeks travelling around Europe while at university and also spent four weeks living with a family in Thailand. She has two children a daughter who is studying Equestrian management and a son who is sport mad.

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    Emma Nelson

    Children's Advocate

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    Dawn Williamson

    Attendance Officer

    Miss Williamson: Attendance Officer

    Miss Williamson was very fortunate to spend 10 years at home bringing her two children up, it was whilst doing this she was able to help out in the children’s primary school, listening to children read, help with spellings, classroom support, school trips and helping with school events. This made her decided that she wanted to work within a school setting. She was already volunteering with a local company delivering digital photography to parents in local primary schools. From then she became a volunteer in one of those primary schools and her potential was soon realised after completing a modern apprenticeship, NVQ’s and securing an admin position.
    Miss Williamson joined Rudheath Senior Academy in April 2019 as our Reception and Attendance officer after working in a local primary school for over 10 years. Dawn is passionate about motivating and supporting the children and families at Rudheath Senior Academy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Miss Williamson especially thrives in outdoor life, spending a lot of her time in her campervan, camping and exploring the countryside. Her favourite place is Newquay, Cornwall and other hobbies include walking, sewing, nail art and any craft activities.

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    Tom Freeman

    PE Teacher

    Mr. Freeman: PE Teacher

    Qualifications include BA (Hons) Sports Development & PE and Physical Education PGCE.

    Mr. Freeman’s expertise lies in the teaching of Games such as Football, Rugby and Handball and what he enjoys most about working at Rudheath Senior Academy is the different experience of working with secondary students at Rudheath Senior Academy as he spends the majority of my week in a primary setting at another of our Academy Trust schools (Delamere Academy). He loves teaching his classes and seeing the pupils develop a love of sport and physical activity.

    Mr. Freeman’s hobbies include football, golf and running. Outside of teaching he works as an Academy Recruitment Scout for Everton Football Club and is also a season ticket holder at Everton.

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    Debbie Castaldo

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    Thomas Davies

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    Kate Dodgson

    Teacher of Design & Technology

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    Lucy Heaton

    Teacher of Humanities

    Miss Heaton: Teacher of Humanities

    Miss Heaton joined Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2019. Prior to this, she worked at a secondary school in Ellesmere Port for 13 years, in a variety of pastoral roles.
    Miss Heaton has a BA (Hons) in Education, a PGCE in Geography and a keen interest and experience in History. She has previously played tennis at a high competitive standard and has recently completed her first triathlon, hoping to complete many more. What she most enjoys is spending time outdoors with her family, including her two boys who are keen footballers. As a family, they also enjoy camping and spending time at Chester Zoo.

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    Ashden Higgins

    Teacher of Science and STEM Coordinator

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    Vicky Hudson

    Second in Science and Primary Links Coordinator

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    Jess Kennedy

    Teacher of Drama and Theatre Director

    Miss Kennedy: Teacher of Drama and Theatre Director

    Miss Kennedy prior to completing her PGCE at the University of Chester and working at Rudheath, 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. Miss Kennedy enjoys regular trips to the theatre and introducing her young family to the creative world around us.

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    Phillip Magee

    Teacher of Science

    Mr. Magee: Teacher of Science

    Mr. Magee joined Rudheath Senior Academy in September 2019 after graduating from the University of Chester with a BA (Hons) in Biology. Mr. Magee has worked in a food and water testing laboratory ensuring both were safe for human consumption. He returned to the University of Chester after 2 years and graduated with a PGCE in Secondary Sciences with QTS. Through his love for science and the natural world, Mr. Magee hopes to inspire young people to understand and appreciate the natural world around them and how science contributes to everyday life.

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    Guy Lambert 

    Subject Lead for History and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

    Mr. Lambert: Subject Lead for History and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

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

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    Pierangelo Montanaro

    Teacher of MFL

    Mr. Montanaro: Teacher of MFL

    Qualifications include BA Honors in Language Studies; Spanish and English; Modern Foreign languages, Spanish with French PGCE; TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) certificate.

    Mr. Montanaro teaches Spanish, French and Italian, which is his native language and he also enjoys to teach English to speakers of other languages.
    What he enjoys the most about teaching at Rudheath Senior Academy is the multicultural and multilingual environment. Not only does he get to teach, but also he gets to learn from the pupils about their various backgrounds, languages and cultures.

    In his spare time Mr. Montanaro enjoys travelling and learning new languages. He likes to learn about other people’s languages, cultures and traditions and he is currently learning Portuguese. He also enjoys exercising through running and playing football.

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    Laura Pim

    Teacher of Music, Head of Creative Arts and ITT/NQT Coordinator

    Miss Pim: Teacher of Music, Head of Creative Arts and ITT/NQT Coordinator

    Qualifications include 2:1 BA (Hons) Classical Music at Leeds and a PGCE in Music Secondary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Miss Pim’s areas of expertise are Behavior Management and Extra Curricular Provision and she enjoys working at Rudheath Senior Academy as she feels with such a small school environment there is a lot of support for students and staff alike. There is a real feeling of working as part of a family.

    Miss Pim began her career as a professional musician working with orchestras, string quartets and as a solo cellist after training as a classical cellist at music college and 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.

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    Richard Russell 

    Head of Faculty for Sport and Well-being

    Mr. Russell: Head of Faculty for Sport and Well-being

    Qualifications include BSc (Hons) Sports Science / Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Loughborough University.

    Mr. Russell’s areas of expertise are Physical Education, Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) and Science. He has worked at Rudheath Senior Academy for 17 years and enjoys it because it is built from an amazing team of staff, students and families and he feels it is a privilege to work within such a supportive community.

    Outside of work Mr. Russell spends his time playing and watching sport plus visiting the many beautiful places in the world. Before teaching at Rudheath he travelled the world for 5 years and taught in Australia, America and Thailand as well as coached football in Indonesia and worked at Disney Florida. Mr. Russell had the fantastic experience of backpacking across Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Columbia where he obtained his advanced PADI Scuba diving certificate.

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    Alice Shaw

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    Stephen Simcock

    Teacher of IT and BTEC Quality Nominee

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    Ruth Stockley

    Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and PE

    Miss Stockley: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and PE

    Qualifications include MA Education Practice, PGDE with Languages as well as a BA Honors Degree in Languages with Tourism (French and Spanish.)

    Miss Stockley’s areas of expertise is teaching Modern Foreign Languages and Dance with Fitness. She enjoys working at Rudheath Senior Academy because of the warm community atmosphere among both staff and pupils. She joined the academy in 2019 and prior to teaching spent 4 years helping both children and adults learn English as a foreign language in Italy and Spain. Miss Stockley is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian making her very passionate about sharing her love for language with the students. Her free time is spent doing hobbies such as running, yoga, ballet and reading.

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    Jemma Wilson

    Teacher of English

    Miss Wilson: Teacher of English

    Qualified in A-level Media, English Language and Performing Arts at Sir John Deane’s College and a Degree in Media and Film Studies with a special interest in journalism. Miss Wilson completed a TEFL course and taught English as a foreign language in China and then on return decided to study for her PGCE in Secondary English and qualified with Master Credits.
    Miss Wilson has a passion for creative writing and has incorporated this into many developed skills and a love for language creating work on many digital platforms that have been shared publicly. These include: blogs, email content and website content. In addition, Miss Wilson loves to read and has a particular desire for Gothic Novels. She has also been a part of several dance companies growing up and most recently performed in small venues throughout Manchester.

    Miss Wilson loves working for Rudheath Senior Academy because the children and the staff here are all one collective community where achievement and success takes place continuously. Most recently she has enjoyed being involved in the remote learning sector and hopes to become a Digital Champion.

    Miss Wilson’s hobbies include going on walks with her rescue dog and getting creative with her house décor. She has travelled a good percentage of the world including spending a year living in Australia. Most recently, she took 4 months out of work to trek through South and Central America and has volunteered at several charities in Nepal and India.

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    Amanda Walker

    Teacher of Art

    Miss Walker: Teacher of Art

    Miss Walker 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, Miss Walker gained experience as a leading practitioner and was part of the Senior Leadership Team. She 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.

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    Jessica Heaton

    Teacher of English and World Book Day Coordinator

    Miss Heaton: Teacher of English and World Book Day Coordinator
    Miss Heaton 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, she 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. Miss Heaton 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! She loves to inspire and motivate her students through an encouraging classroom atmosphere and positive relationships with students.
    During her spare time Miss Heaton 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!

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    Karen Witter

    Teacher of Maths

    Mrs. Witter: Teacher of Maths

    Mrs. Witter joined The Rudheath Senior Academy team in September 2005 following an initial teaching post here at Rudheath High School as part of her PGCE.  She 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.
    Mrs. Witter 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. Mrs. Witter 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. She loves to travel regularly, especially to visit her villa in Spain, she has a labradoodle called Darcy and is famous for making chocolate brownies.

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    Sharon Dean

    Teaching Assistant

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    Tom Chambers

    Cover Supervisor

    Mr. Chambers: Cover Supervisor

    Mr. Chambers joined Rudheath Senior Academy in February 2016 after he had spent time travelling through South East Asia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and USA. He worked in primary education in New Zealand after he had previously completed his degree in History at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Before university he worked with pre-school aged children in Holmes Chapel.
    In his spare time he enjoys playing rugby and has represented his country as well as the north of England. He also played a season at first grade level in New Zealand which he sees as the highlight of his playing career.
    Mr. Chambers also plays music regularly in his band around the North West but has also been further afield playing in South England and popping over to Ireland.

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    Hannah Boyd

    Cover Supervisor and Year 7 Hub Teacher

    Miss Boyd: Cover Supervisor and Year 7 Hub Teacher

    Qualified in BA Primary Education with QTS from Edge Hill University and First Aid Instructor.

    Miss Boyd loves working for Rudheath Senior Academy because of the community feel the school has; the staff and the students are all really supportive and everyone looks out for each other.

    Miss Boyd’s hobbies include spending her spare time drawing and painting, and over lockdown she took up embroidery. She has been attending dog training classes for a number of years with her 6-year-old dog Neville, where they work on agility, obedience and tricks and she now also has a 9-month old puppy as well.

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    Phil Baker

    Science Technician

    Dr. Phil Baker: Science Technician

    Dr. Baker joined the school in February 2007, having worked in the chemical industry for many years in laboratories and manufacturing plants, across the Midlands, West Yorkshire and Manchester. He has a PhD in chemistry and enjoys supporting teaching staff deliver the science curriculum and helping students develop practical science skills. Dr. Baker also has experience as a TA with in the Maths department here at Rudheath Senior Academy.

    Dr. Baker has a strong interest in reading, particularly history and theology and he also enjoys being outdoors gardening, walking in the countryside and birdwatching.

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    Janet Rimmer

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs. Rimmer: Teaching Assistant

    Mrs. Rimmer 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, specifically school Librarian, put her in good stead for her current position as the Year 7 Hub Teaching Assistant, where she remains dedicated to sharing a passion and love of reading to the students at the academy. Interestingly, Mrs. Rimmer 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.

    Mrs. Rimmer 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.

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    Jackie Brooks

    Teaching Assistant and Literacy Specialist

    Mrs. Brooks: Teaching Assistant and Literacy Specialist

    Mrs. Brooks 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.

    Mrs. Brooks joined Rudheath Senior Academy in 2010 as an SEN Teaching Assistant and what she enjoys most about working at Rudheath Senior Academy is being highly involved and a part of the English and Modern Foreign Languages Departments. She supports students with SEN to access the curriculum in mainstream classes and promote inclusion for all and she recently became a Youth Mental First Aid Champion and has trained as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (E.L.S.A).

    Mrs. Brooks 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.

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    Janet Yarwood

    Teaching Assistant and ELSA Specialist

    Janet Yarwood: Teaching Assistant and ELSA Specialist

    Qualifications include Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & learning in Schools as well as a City & Guilds N.C.H.E.E Home Economists Certificate.

    Mrs. Yearwood's expertise relates to Home Economics, she trained at Blackpool College of Technology and Art leading her to enjoy a career in the food industry where she ran her own catering business. She has been working at Rudheath Senior Academy since 2006 and runs the daily breakfast club for learning, being great advocate for healthy eating and lifestyle. Mrs. Yarwood has further developed her career by becoming an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (E.L.S.A). She has many hobbies and passions including cooking, organic gardening and stained glass work.

    What Mrs. Yarwood enjoys most about working for Rudheath Senior Academy is being part of a fantastic team, and having the opportunity to help the students to achieve their full potential.

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    Sandra Blackmore

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs. Blackmore: Teaching Assistant

    Qualifications include GNVQ Health and Social Care, NVQ Childcare and Education with Special Needs and Family Welfare Support.

    Mrs. Blackmore specialises in Mathematics and most enjoys working at Rudheath Senior Academy because she loves working as part of a team and working with the young people. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with her friends and spending quality time with her family.

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    Sandra Skellington

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs. Skellington: Teaching Assistant

    Qualifications include Level 3 in Supporting Teaching in Secondary Schools and areas of expertise involve the flexibility to support all students, anti-bullying and specifically in sensory support.

    What Mrs. Skellington enjoys most about working at Rudheath Senior Academy is being part of a great team, a community and knowing that we are all making a difference to children’s lives even if it is in a small way. She expresses that this school is a special place to be.

    Outside of work Mrs. Skellington dedicated her time to her family and football, most importantly Manchester United. She spends lots of reading, as well as traveling and visiting beautiful places within the national trust. Along with her Teaching Assistant role Mrs. Skellington is our Diana Anti Bullying Ambassador Coordinator, working with many students from the community by organising training for staff, parents and students whilst also supporting ambassador led activities, guiding them with the tools and skills to be exceptional leaders now and in the future.

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    Jack Jevons

    Business Manager

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    Sophie Sutcliffe

    Business Administration Assistant

    Sophie Sutcliffe: Business Administration Assistant

    Sophie’s qualifications include AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma and CIPFA and her areas of expertise are in bookkeeping, organization and communication. What she enjoys most about working at Rudheath Senior Academy is the team, the working environment and being able to work closely with the children.

    Sophie’s interests and hobbies outside of work include photography and attending gigs and festivals.

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    Alisha King

    Receptionist Administrator

    Alisha King: Receptionist Administrator.

    Qualifications include BSc (Hons) in Psychology from The University of Chester, Extended diploma in Health and Social Care and her specialties include Religious Education, working with young people, administrative work and previously supporting EAL students.

    What Alisha enjoys most about working at Rudheath Senior Academy is the new opportunities it has offered, being a part of a newly established business team and being able to communicate with many different people each and every day.

    Outside of work Alisha’s interests include spending time with her family, especially her new niece and nephew, as well as reading and developing her knowledge around the many different cultures of the world.

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    Brian Bennett

    IT Officer

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    Janet Billington

    Caretaker

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    Gareth Malam

    Site Team