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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, Quality of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning & Outcomes

This involves oversight of the curriculum and the support of faculty leaders in developing their own curricula. My role also 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. Also linked to this is developing, monitoring and managing the schools assessment and reporting system. I also lead with Anna Hall on the quality of Teaching and Learning developing school wide pedagogy and ensuring that staff are supported 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 teach Science and line lead Science, Technology and PE.

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 am one of the Mental Health Leads and lead on student well-being. 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

My main role is to oversee the Personal Development of our students as well as the professional development of our staff.

My Personal Development work is in liaison with Kim Hide and the Heads of Year.  We work together to ensure that all students feel safe in school and are well-prepared for life in the outside world.  I am one of the Mental Health Leads and lead on staff well-being.  I lead our successful Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum and as Careers Lead I work alongside post-16, post-18 and apprenticeship providers to ensure every student receives the guidance and support they need to be fully prepared for their next steps after school at sixteen. 

My staff professional development role is alongside Rob Earle where we work to ensure high quality Teaching and Learning occurs across the school. I oversee the differentiated training programme for all staff, manage the organisation of performance management, lead the Induction for all new staff and oversee both ITT and ECTs.  

I also teach in the English department as well as the Functional Skills to our Yellow Pathway curriculum students, and co-lead on Reading and Oracy across the school.  I am the subject line-lead for Maths and English.

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.

The inclusion role involves working with all staff to ensure that we support the members of our school community with additional needs and those who are at risk of educational disadvantage.

 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 a proud member of the English faculty. I am the SLT line lead for Religious Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and Year 9 and Co-lead on reading and oracy.

Matt Allott - Assistant Headteacher

 I am responsible for the Key Stage 3 curriculum, academic progress of high prior attaining students, and school attendance .

 In this role, I ensure that the Key Stage 3 curriculum is both broad and challenging to ensure that students make rapid progress from Year 7 to Year 9 in order they are ready for the challenge of Key Stage 4 and GCSE.   I am the senior leader responsible for monitoring and delivering excellent school attendance.  I am also responsible for the development and improvement of pedagogy for challenge, habits for learning and metacognition across the school and to ensure our high prior attaining students make at least good progress.  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 and the Yellow Pathway – the alternative GCSE curriculum for those students not taking 9 GCSEs.  I am the subject line lead for Geography, Computing and Business Studies, Art and Photography and Year 10.  I also continue to teach in the science department after previously been the Head of Faculty.


Sinead Woodley - Associate Assistant Headteacher 

 My main role within the senior leadership team is to monitor and develop the school’s Home Learning policy. 

I support Heads of Faculty as they look to expand and strengthen the home learning provision within their subject. I also promote the use of online learning platforms to help develop students' independence and bridge the gap between school and home. In addition, I work closely with Mrs Hall to deliver the PSHE curriculum & Careers and alongside Mr Allot in embedding our John Hanson Habits for learning within the school.

Alongside my SLT role I am Head of Computing, Business & Media