Leadership Team

Mrs H Hartley

Acting Executive Principal

 

Mr C Keen

Principal

Upper second BA Hons Liverpool University English/PGCE Durham University/NPQ

Likes – Music, sport and people who are thoughtful and kind

Dislikes – Ignorance and arrogance: not a good mix of characteristics!

Favourite Food – Too many to mention!

Interesting Fact – Outside school, I am fortunate enough to musically direct professional musical theatre and each August for the past 13 years I have been musical director for lots of shows including Hairspray, Fame, Footloose, Sister Act, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Titanic, Annie and Singin’ in the Rain to name but a few.

Miss L Perry

Acting Principal

Upper second BEd (honours) in Physical education from Chelsea PE college.  Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) from Exeter University.

Likes – Fell walking and ‘munro bagging’ (climbing mountains in Scotland that are over 3000ft high)

Dislikes – Arrogance and people who give up too easily

Favourite Food – Indian food

Interesting Fact – At the age of eighteen, I cycled from Land’s End to John of Groats.

 

Miss R Sandham

Acting Senior Vice Principal

Upper second BA Hons Wolverhampton University Design / PGCE Wolverhampton University

Likes – Extreme sports, cars, and people who go out of their way

Dislikes – Marmite, The words …. I can’t do , Monday mornings

Favourite Food – Italian cuisine

Interesting Fact – Prior to teaching I was a professional category 10 Sky diver

  • Highest jump – 16,000 feet
  • Local Drop Zone – Hinton Skydiving Centre- Oxfordshire
  • Favourite jump – Out the back of a C-130 Hercules (Military aircraft) – that hurt!
  • Total jumps – 98

Retired due to shoulder injury!

 

Mrs R Booker

Vice Principal – Behaviour and Inclusion

Accountancy, upper second class degree and PGCE in Mathematics. Birmingham Central University and Birmingham University

Likes – Music, snowboarding, reading, swimming

Dislikes – Baked beans and bullying

Favourite Food – Lasagne 

Interesting Fact – I have skydived over the Great Barrier reef from 10000 feet. 

Miss L Harris

Vice Principal – SMSC

English Literature Upper Second Class Honours / University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Likes – Singing, playing the piano and the theatre 

Dislikes – Incorrect apostrophe use

Favourite Food – Cawl, bara brith and picau ar y maen

Interesting Fact – When I was eleven, I won a writing competition. The prize was my height … in chocolate. True story. 

Mrs R Hobbs

Vice Principal – Teaching & Learning

B.A Medieval and Modern History (Birmingham University)

M.A Museum and Heritage Management (Nottingham Trent University)

PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Keele University)

PhD (Currently working towards, due to be completed 2021) – Municipal Identity in Mid-Victorian Birmingham 1851-68 (Birmingham University)

Likes – Scandinavian crime dramas, finances and accounting, guinea pigs, political and social history of the mid Victorian period, learning new languages, visiting museums and castles, I’m a lifetime member of both the National Trust and English Heritage!  

Dislikes – Onions, selfishness, too much noise

Favourite Food – Garlic bread

Interesting Fact – I used to be a model!  (For a colouring in book!)  In my former career in museums I had to pose for a photo in medieval costume which was turned into a picture for a colouring in book.  I was also lucky enough to live in a museum for two years, knowing there was a cellar beneath me where bodies had been dissected.

Mr D Thompson

Vice Principal – Data, Assessment & Reporting

Computer Science Upper Second Class Honours / Stafford University

Likes – Football, running & gadgets

Dislikes – Rudeness & reality tv

Favourite Food – Chicken Casserole with my large family

Interesting Fact – As a youngster I had the same dream as many boys to become a professional footballer. This did not quite work out, not because of the lack of talent but due an injury sustained in my late teens. After dislocating my knee cap and tearing my anterior cruciate ligament I had the same operation as the pros do whereby they reconstruct the works of the knee by taking ligaments out of the ankle and pinning them to bones using titanium studs.

The highlight of my very small football career was to play at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, in a charity match.

Mr B Brennan

Assistant Principal – Sixth Form

English Upper Second Class Honours / Sheffield Hallam

Likes –  Films, video games, running

Dislikes – Surliness and Saturday night television

Favourite Food –  Pizza

Interesting Fact –  In the early part of my teaching career, I spent my evenings travelling up and down the country performing stand-up comedy as part of a double act. After a couple of years, I decided to go solo and even started to get paid. However, I decided to stop after receiving my first negative review which I can still recite to this day. The phrase ‘painfully mundane’ will haunt my dreams for the rest of my life.

I am also have Grade 5 theory in music…..but I can’t play a single instrument!!

Mrs C Harrington-Jones

Assistant Principal – SEN and safeguarding

Upper Second Class BA Hons in History and Politics, PGCE in Primary Education from Wolverhampton University, National Award for SENCo and currently studying for a PGCE in Specific Learning Difficulty Dyslexia.

Likes – Italy and California

Dislikes – Mussels, sweetcorn, spiders and people who forget to say please and thank you.

Favourite Food – Chocolate and cheese (and anything Italian!)

Interesting Fact – I used to work for a Historic Motor Racing Team, helping with the catering for sponsorship guests and staff, travelling around motor racing circuits in Europe – one of the highlights was spending a few days driving around in a 1924 Morgan – the sister car won the Le Mans 24 Hours race and flying round the Nurburgring in a Volvo estate of all things!

 

Mr G Lloyd

Assistant Principal – Sites and Events

2:1 (Hons) B.Ed – Maths Education (MMU); Distinction MA – Educational Leadership (Keele)

Likes – Port Vale FC, travelling, walking, ornithology, reading, collecting football programmes, dining out, cricket.

Dislikes – Crewe Alexandra FC, teams who play the ball into the corner to waste time at the end of a football match, ‘gamesmanship’, tailgaters, driving in snow, lifts, flying.

Favourite Food – Anything my wife cooks.  Restaurant food: Chicken Ceylon from an Indian Restaurant, or Chinese deep fried shredded chicken in chilli sauce.

Interesting Fact – My oldest and most valuable football programme is Port Vale vs WBA in the 1954 FA Cup Semi-Final.  I intend to join the 92 Club by visiting all of the current Premier League, Championship and League grounds.  I’m on about 70 current grounds but it’s a moving target.  When we leave teaching, we’re going to buy a B&B in North Wales.