North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020 North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2021

Teaching staff

Key staff in Senior School

Senior Staff

  • Sue Woodroofe – Principal
  • Dr Graham Purves – Vice Principal and Head of Senior School
  • Helen Stansfield – Senior Deputy Head (Pastoral)
  • Dr Debbie Danks – Senior Deputy Head (Academic)
  • Ben Harding – Assistant Head – Director of Sixth Form
  • Chris Freeman – Deputy Head (Pastoral and Co-Curricular)
  • Dr Mark Cramoysan – Deputy Head (Data and Systems)
  • Orla Weaver – Assistant Head
  • Lorcan O’Brien – Whole School Director of Sport

Heads of Year

  • Stephen Gibbin – Head of Year 7
  • Paul Rushworth – Head of Year 8
  • Rachel Purcell – Head of Year 9
  • Maria Collins – Head of Year 10
  • James Veitch– Head of Year 11
  • Millie Stead – Head of Year 12
  • Jane Pratt – Head of Year 13

Directors of Faculty & Heads of Department

  • Leanne Sutheran – Head of Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Tom Rogerson – Director of Assessment
  • Laurel Rees – Director of English, Creative and Physical Studies
  • Stewart Kelly – Head of Art
  • John Bagshaw – Head of Design Technology
  • Roz Bendelow – Head of Drama
  • Kerry Kurczij – Head of English
  • Yvonne Wilson – Head of Food Technology
  • Philippa Sidwell – Head of Music
  • Nick Hele – Director of Mathematical & Geographical Studies
  • Rob Stevenson – Head of Economic Studies
  • Simon D Knowles – Head of Geography
  • Tim Street – Head of ICT & Computing
  • Pat Brotherton – Head of Mathematics
  • Dr Michael Dearden – Director of Scientific Studies
  • Dr Lynne Gilbert – Head of Biology
  • Geoff Huband – Head of Chemistry
  • David Dee – Head of Physics
  • Alison Wilson – Head of Psychology
  • Paul Morris – Director of Sport
  • Emma Whittaker – Director of Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Martin Gibson – Head of Classics
  • Chris Belcher – Head of French
  • Frank Hill – Head of German
  • Keith Milne – Head of History
  • Andrew M Stodolny – Head of Politics
  • Fiona Fishburn – Head of Religious Studies
  • Rowan Reed-Purvis – Head of Spanish

Individual Needs

We have a well-qualified and experienced Individual Needs department which works throughout the whole school. Mrs Sally Cooke is the Head of the Individual Needs Department. The team consists of three individual needs teachers and seven individual needs teaching assistants. Staff in the department hold a wide range of SEND qualifications, including specialist assessment qualifications.

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