The Senior Leadership Team’s Roles and Responsibilities

Mr D Mackenzie

Headteacher / Executive Leader

Core Role

To provide clear strategic direction and effective management and be accountable for all aspects of the school’s performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • All students and staff
  • Strategic direction of the school and the Trust
  • Quality education framework
  • Overall success and reputation of the school
  • Compliance with statutory framework

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Core Role

To deputise for the Headteacher in his absence and have operational oversight of all routines, rotas and logistics of the school day.

Key Responsibilities

  • School operations
  • Calendar
  • Staff recruitment
  • Staff absence & cover
  • Behaviour standards
  • Environment
  • Admissions / school roll
  • Catering / cleaning standards

Miss R Byrne

Deputy Headteacher

(Director of Sixth Form & Leadership)

Core Role

To ensure excellence in all aspects of Sixth Form provision relating to targets, curriculum quality, attainment and achievement standards, recruitment, attendance, behaviour & post-18 pathways / destinations

Key Responsibilities

  • Key Stage 5 standards of attainment, achievement, attendance and behaviour 
  • Monitoring & intervention
  • Sixth Form curriculum and enrichment
  • Post-18 pathways
  • Alumni
  • Sixth Form Scholars
  • Staff & student leadership & development
  • Key Stage 5 Children Looked After (CLA)
  • EPQ

Mrs N Rogers

Deputy Headteacher 

(Curriculum)

Core Role

To ensure a high-quality curriculum for all students and excellent support for disadvantaged students that empowers them to achieve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Curriculum
  • School timetable
  • Progress & attainment data
  • Quality assurance
  • Disadvantaged students Years 7-11
  • Appraisal (teaching & support)
  • External examinations
  • Admission appeals
  • Governor links

Miss K McArdle

Business Manager & Company Secretary

Core Role

To ensure effective financial and resource management, compliance with the regulatory framework, and well-maintained and safe buildings and facilities. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Compliance
  • PFI contract
  • Risk management
  • Health & safety (HSC)
  • Support staff
  • Premises & utilities
  • Trips management
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme 
  • Home-school communication
  • IT systems
  • Open evenings

Mrs C Walton

Assistant Headteacher

(Student Services)

Core Role

To ensure the safety and well-being of all students through promoting a strong culture of safeguarding, excellent attendance and effective systems of care, guidance and support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Attendance & punctuality (Years 7-11)
  • Safeguarding & e-safety
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Uniform standards
  • Student Services provision
  • Health Services in Schools (HSIS)
  • Student well-being (Years 7-11)
  • LGBTQI+
  • Safer Schools Officer liaison

Miss H Crawford / Mrs E Jones

Assistant Headteacher

(Behaviour & Attitudes)

Core Role

To ensure outstanding behaviour and attitudes of all students, underpinned by a culture of respect, recognition and reward.

Key Responsibilities

  • Behaviour systems and culture
  • Anti-bullying
  • Children Looked After (CLA)
  • Reward schemes and initiatives
  • Safeguarding Officer
  • Year 6 into 7 transition
  • Induction days

Mr M Reid

Assistant Headteacher

(Curriculum)

Core Role

To ensure effective procedures for assessing, monitoring and reporting students’ progress, supporting high achievement amongst all students.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assessment, recording and reporting
  • Target setting
  • Internal examinations
  • Year 11 Raising Achievement Plan
  • Academic intervention / Learning Zone
  • Year 9 options
  • Parental engagement and communication
  • Parents’ evenings
  • School website
  • World Class Schools
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • E-learning
  • STEM

Mrs J Kaloumenos

Assistant Headteacher

(Achievement & Aspirations)

Core Role

To ensure a broad range of wider enrichment opportunities are available to all students, including the most vulnerable, supporting their readiness for life beyond school.

Key Responsibilities

  • Alternative provision
  • Personal development
  • Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Work Experience (Year 10/12)
  • Awards evenings
  • Student Records of Achievement
  • Extra-curricular programme
  • Transport

Mr A Pierce

Assistant Headteacher

(Teaching & Learning)

Core Role

To ensure high quality teaching and learning throughout the school that challenges and supports all students to enjoy and achieve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teaching & learning innovation
  • Staff Professional Development (CPD)
  • Revision programmes and home / school study
  • Homework
  • Primary curriculum links and projects
  • Cross-curricular links
  • ECTs & new staff induction / support
  • Most able provision