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Inspire · Care · Succeed

Senior Team

Russell Stevens - Headteacher

As Headteacher I have overall responsibility for the school ethos and vision - Inspire, Care, Succeed.

My overarching role is to provide an environment where students feel cared for, where staff have the knowledge and skills to inspire students and where all the hard work that goes on every day leads to success at all levels, for all students, in all year groups all the time.

Rob Earle - Deputy Headteacher

As Deputy Headteacher my role is focused on data and standards; ensuring that we maximize student performance and progress across all year groups.

This involves identifying key students who are not making the required progress and working with relevant staff such as Heads of Faculty to ensure that effective intervention takes place so that those students make more rapid progress and meet their targets. This also involves monitoring and managing the schools data collection and reporting systems and target setting. I also lead with Anna Hall on the quality of Teaching and Learning ensuring that staff are supporting and given CPD so that their teaching is always of the highest quality. As part of this both Anna and I lead on assessment and feedback practice within the school. I also teach in the Science Faculty and line lead Maths, Science and History.

Kim Hide - Assistant Headteacher

 I have responsibility for the pastoral care of our students.

I work closely with the Heads of Year to ensure that the day to day operational management of students is coordinated; that students are able to conduct themselves appropriately whilst feeling safe in their school environment. It is our aim to ensure that all students at John Hanson feel valued, work hard and participate in as many activities as possible, regardless of background or circumstance. Sometimes extra support is required for some of our students, and I work closely with external agencies to ensure they receive the guidance needed to enjoy the success all of our students deserve. I am the schools lead  Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. I have responsibility for attendance. I liaise with the local primary schools to smooth the transition process to secondary education and organise our primary programme of events.


Anna Hall - Assistant Headteacher

As Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Key Stage 3 Raising Standards Leader, my main role is ensuring all lessons stretch and challenge every pupil.

This work is in liaison with the Heads of Faculty, and with a designated team of Teaching and Learning coaches. I oversee the differentiated training programme for all staff, manage the organisation of performance management, and lead the Induction for all new staff.   I teach in the English and Art departments and lead our successful Literacy Across the Curriculum programme as well as plan our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) stand-alone days.  As Lead Teacher for the careers provison in the school, I ensure every student receives the guidance and support they need to be fully prepared for their next steps after school at sixteen. I am the subject line-lead for Art & Photography, English, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Music & Drama.

I am one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads

Karen Page - Business Manager

My role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team includes a broad range of non-teaching management activities, all of which contribute to ensuring the school achieves its aims and goals.

Everything that is not teaching includes all the administrative and logistical aspects of running the school, from being responsible for health and safety, to ensuring that all absent members of teaching staff are replaced on a day to day basis. I also have significant contact with our local community from ensuring that local people can benefit from our facilities when they are not being used by the students to being the named contact for the community should they have any issues with the school.

I also have significant contact with our students, attend many school events and deputise for other team members when required.

 Charlotte Ferguson - Assistant Headteacher

This role involves working with all staff to ensure that we support the members of our school community with additional needs.

I work closely with students, parents/carers and external professionals too to co-ordinate our provision. This work is supported by the dedicated and skilled Learning Support Team; we work closely with the Pastoral team to ensure we meet the needs of students’ educational and personal development. I am one of the Key Stage 3 ‘Raising Standards Leads’ (RSL) and work closely with faculties to support the progress of students and plan suitable interventions. Alongside this, I have overall responsibility for the ‘Initial Teacher Training’ process and I am a proud member of the English faculty. I am the SLT line lead for Religious Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and Year 9.


Matt Allott - More Able and Disadvantaged Student Co-ordinator

I am responsible for the academic progress of high prior attaining students and disadvantaged students.

This role ensures that the level of student challenge in their learning is very high and I am responsible for the development and improvement of pedagogy, particularly for challenge and metacognition, across the school to deliver this.  Additionally, I am responsible for the leadership and management of the school’s Pupil Premium and COVID Catch-Up funding to ensure we maximise the progress of our most disadvantaged programme.  Furthermore, I manage the extensive extra-curricular schools trips programme.  I also lead a number of programmes:  the Plus Programme – a programme to support our most able students, Yellow Pathway – the alternative GCSE curriculum for those students not taking 9 GCSEs and Aim High a programme to support identified Year 7 students who benefit from additional support in transition to secondary school.  I am the subject line lead for Geography, Computing and Business Studies, Art and Photography and Year 8.  I also continue to teach in the science department after previously been the Head of Faculty.