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The Blessed Thomas Holford Teaching School echoes the mission of The Teaching Schools Council that ‘every child is entitled to be in a great school’. We have an experienced team including one NLE, a plethora of SLEs who are experts in 13 areas, excellent classroom practitioners and pastoral leaders who relish the opportunity to share their expertise across our alliance. Please contact us if you would like us to provide some bespoke support to enhance the performance of your school.

 

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The school is highly experienced in outreach work, having been part of the Greater Manchester Challenge for three years.

In addition to this, our Headteacher, John Cornally, is a National Leader in Education and the school is a National Support School.

Meet our Senior Leaders of Education

Assessment for Learning 

Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey is currently an Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic College and Future Leader with Ambition School Leadership. Stephen’s particular expertise is managing and implementing successful strategies, in challenging circumstances, to bring about cultural change and improve the overall quality of education pupils receive. Stephen is a trained coach and has used this skill successfully to lead on whole school raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment. He has also developed expertise in leadership development through the delivery of highly tailored CPD across a number of schools. Stephen has recently helped lift a school out of special measures to an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with some outstanding features.

What motivates Stephen in school improvement is his belief that education is the key to social progress. His personal philosophy is that an outstanding education system is the foundation for a fairer society where every child can thrive, no matter what their background is.

Attendance 

Jonny Regan

Jonny has spent five years in the Physical Education Department at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. After one year in post, Jonny started working within the pastoral department as a Head of House. This role required him to monitor the attendance, punctuality and behavioural standards of a group of forms ranging from Year 8 to Year 11 to ensure the school’s standards were continuously being met and all pupils had the opportunity to attend and excel in school. As part of this, Jonny has worked closely with pupils, parents and staff to identify barriers to pupils’ attendance and punctuality; then implementing strategies to make improvements in these two areas.

There has recently been a change in the school’s pastoral structure and Jonny now fulfils the role of Head of Year 11 Progress and Standards. This role builds on the responsibilities Jonny had as a Head of House but with a greater focus on the academic attainment of the year group. Whilst completing this role Jonny has had to monitor the academic progress of the year group and help departments put any necessary intervention in place to sustain effective learning among all pupils. For all pupils to achieve Jonny is a strong believer that positive relationships between pupils and teachers are essential and whilst working within the pastoral department he has designed and implemented a variety of behaviour management strategies that help to foster conducive working relationships and improve pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school.

In addition to working within the pastoral department, Jonny has been a coach as part of the school’s coaching department. This has involved Jonny working with NQT, RQT and experienced members of staff, helping them to reflect and improve their own teaching and learning, pedagogy and behaviour management skills. Alongside this Jonny has delivered whole staff CPD focusing on allowing all pupils to make progress and strategies to improve learning and memory in the classroom and how to implement effective behaviour management strategies into lessons.

Over the past two years, Jonny has completed the NPQSL and middle leadership courses, with the former focusing on working with specific groups of pupils in order to support their academic progress and developing his leadership skills within his pastoral role and monitoring academic performance.

Gus Diamond

Gus’ main role for most is within Pastoral and Inclusion. Gus has a proved track record of being a successful Head of Year and Head of Key Stage. Gus now has overall responsibility for Pastoral matters, which in the 2018 Ofsted report for his school, was deemed as Outstanding. That responsibility means he has an overview of behaviour and has worked on improving attendance which has increased by nearly 2% in the last two years.

Trained as SENCo, Gus worked in a school which had the second highest number of students with EHCPs in the local authority and managed a team of 20 teaching assistants.  Gus has also spent a year on secondment with a local authority supporting schools with the key changes from the 2014 Children and Families Act and writing EHCPs for the authority.

Throughout his career, Gus has developed the important skills needed to work with staff, parents and outside agencies to get the best for the community.

Gus is now entering his 22nd year as a teacher having developed skills consistently throughout. He has worked closely with other SENCos, trained staff in schools and offered support across an authority in ensuring change and development.

Behaviour and discipline 

Jonny Regan

Jonny has spent five years in the Physical Education Department at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. After one year in post, Jonny started working within the pastoral department as a Head of House. This role required him to monitor the attendance, punctuality and behavioural standards of a group of forms ranging from Year 8 to Year 11 to ensure the school’s standards were continuously being met and all pupils had the opportunity to attend and excel in school. As part of this, Jonny has worked closely with pupils, parents and staff to identify barriers to pupils’ attendance and punctuality; then implementing strategies to make improvements in these two areas.

There has recently been a change in the school’s pastoral structure and Jonny now fulfils the role of Head of Year 11 Progress and Standards. This role builds on the responsibilities Jonny had as a Head of House but with a greater focus on the academic attainment of the year group. Whilst completing this role Jonny has had to monitor the academic progress of the year group and help departments put any necessary intervention in place to sustain effective learning among all pupils. For all pupils to achieve Jonny is a strong believer that positive relationships between pupils and teachers are essential and whilst working within the pastoral department he has designed and implemented a variety of behaviour management strategies that help to foster conducive working relationships and improve pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school.

In addition to working within the pastoral department, Jonny has been a coach as part of the school’s coaching department. This has involved Jonny working with NQT, RQT and experienced members of staff, helping them to reflect and improve their own teaching and learning, pedagogy and behaviour management skills. Alongside this Jonny has delivered whole staff CPD focusing on allowing all pupils to make progress and strategies to improve learning and memory in the classroom and how to implement effective behaviour management strategies into lessons.

Over the past two years, Jonny has completed the NPQSL and middle leadership courses, with the former focusing on working with specific groups of pupils in order to support their academic progress and developing his leadership skills within his pastoral role and monitoring academic performance.

Gus Diamond

Gus’ main role for most is within Pastoral and Inclusion. Gus has a proved track record of being a successful Head of Year and Head of Key Stage. Gus now has overall responsibility for Pastoral matters, which in the 2018 Ofsted report for his school, was deemed as Outstanding. That responsibility means he has an overview of behaviour and has worked on improving attendance which has increased by nearly 2% in the last two years.

Trained as SENCo, Gus worked in a school which had the second highest number of students with EHCPs in the local authority and managed a team of 20 teaching assistants.  Gus has also spent a year on secondment with a local authority supporting schools with the key changes from the 2014 Children and Families Act and writing EHCPs for the authority.

Throughout his career, Gus has developed the important skills needed to work with staff, parents and outside agencies to get the best for the community.

Gus is now entering his 22nd year as a teacher having developed skills consistently throughout. He has worked closely with other SENCos, trained staff in schools and offered support across an authority in ensuring change and development.

Closing the Gap

Lee Fishwick

Lee is currently Associate Headteacher with specific responsibility Achievement and Curriculum at Blessed Thomas Holford and a specialist Maths teacher.

Since his appointment results have risen from 57% 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths to 85% with over 90% of pupils making three levels of progress and 40% making four levels of progress. The gap between disadvantaged and narrowed significantly during this time.

Lee is an SLE for Closing the Gap, Achievement, Curriculum and Maths. He has been deployed across a wide variety of schools in the North west in schools placed in Special Measures following Ofsted Inspections.

Lee has facilitated training on Progress 8, New Maths GCSE for 2017 and intervention strategies. Lee has a record of raising achievement in a variety of schools. His current role involves the change to new accountability measures and identifying areas of development from Raise Online.

Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey is currently an Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic College and Future Leader with Ambition School Leadership. Stephen’s particular expertise is managing and implementing successful strategies, in challenging circumstances, to bring about cultural change and improve the overall quality of education pupils receive. Stephen is a trained coach and has used this skill successfully to lead on whole school raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment. He has also developed expertise in leadership development through the delivery of highly tailored CPD across a number of schools. Stephen has recently helped lift a school out of special measures to an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with some outstanding features.

What motivates Stephen in school improvement is his belief that education is the key to social progress. His personal philosophy is that an outstanding education system is the foundation for a fairer society where every child can thrive, no matter what their background is.

CPD

Emma Taylor

Emma is the Director of the Blessed Thomas Holford Teaching School. Emma leads an experienced team of facilitators with a proven track record of providing Leadership solutions to schools throughout the Teaching Alliance. Emma leads the recruitment process for SLEs across the Alliance. Working alongside Ambition School Leadership, Emma facilitates the NPQSL and NPQML across the North West. As an Assistant Headteacher, Emma leads on Staff Appraisal and Monitoring the Quality of Teaching and Learning. Emma teaches in the Business Studies department and has had the responsibility to plan for curriculum changes at Key Stage Four and Five.

Emma firmly believes that in order for each child to succeed, the provision of teaching has to be outstanding. Emma meticulously monitors the quality of Teaching and Learning in school and implements support where required. Emma’s desire is to inspire practitioners to develop in order that all children in their care receive the highest quality teaching in order to improve their life chances.

Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey is currently an Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic College and Future Leader with Ambition School Leadership. Stephen’s particular expertise is managing and implementing successful strategies, in challenging circumstances, to bring about cultural change and improve the overall quality of education pupils receive. Stephen is a trained coach and has used this skill successfully to lead on whole school raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment. He has also developed expertise in leadership development through the delivery of highly tailored CPD across a number of schools. Stephen has recently helped lift a school out of special measures to an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with some outstanding features.

What motivates Stephen in school improvement is his belief that education is the key to social progress. His personal philosophy is that an outstanding education system is the foundation for a fairer society where every child can thrive, no matter what their background is.

Curriculum Design 

Lee Fishwick

Lee is currently Associate Headteacher with specific responsibility Achievement and Curriculum at Blessed Thomas Holford and a specialist Maths teacher.

Since his appointment results have risen from 57% 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths to 85% with over 90% of pupils making three levels of progress and 40% making four levels of progress. The gap between disadvantaged and narrowed significantly during this time.

Lee is an SLE for Closing the Gap, Achievement, Curriculum and Maths. He has been deployed across a wide variety of schools in the North west in schools placed in Special Measures following Ofsted Inspections.

Lee has facilitated training on Progress 8, New Maths GCSE for 2017 and intervention strategies. Lee has a record of raising achievement in a variety of schools. His current role involves the change to new accountability measures and identifying areas of development from Raise Online.

Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey is currently an Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic College and Future Leader with Ambition School Leadership. Stephen’s particular expertise is managing and implementing successful strategies, in challenging circumstances, to bring about cultural change and improve the overall quality of education pupils receive. Stephen is a trained coach and has used this skill successfully to lead on whole school raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment. He has also developed expertise in leadership development through the delivery of highly tailored CPD across a number of schools. Stephen has recently helped lift a school out of special measures to an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with some outstanding features.

What motivates Stephen in school improvement is his belief that education is the key to social progress. His personal philosophy is that an outstanding education system is the foundation for a fairer society where every child can thrive, no matter what their background is.

Initial teacher trainig (ITT and Newly qualified teacher (NQt) development 

Stephen Garvey

Stephen Garvey is currently an Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic College and Future Leader with Ambition School Leadership. Stephen’s particular expertise is managing and implementing successful strategies, in challenging circumstances, to bring about cultural change and improve the overall quality of education pupils receive. Stephen is a trained coach and has used this skill successfully to lead on whole school raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment. He has also developed expertise in leadership development through the delivery of highly tailored CPD across a number of schools. Stephen has recently helped lift a school out of special measures to an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ with some outstanding features.

What motivates Stephen in school improvement is his belief that education is the key to social progress. His personal philosophy is that an outstanding education system is the foundation for a fairer society where every child can thrive, no matter what their background is. 

More Able 

Sarah O'Brien

Sarah has spent six years in the Computer Science Department. In her first year, her teaching focussed on delivering the ICT curriculum at KS3 and KS4. She also taught KS5 ICT in her second year. With the National curriculum reform, her teaching then moved on to Computer Science which is what Sarah holds a degree in. She has taught KS3, KS4 and KS5 Computer Science for the past four years. She also spent three years as Second in Department in Computing  were she created and monitored the new KS3 Computer Science curriculum.

Over the past four years she has undertaken a Teaching Coach role, to coach colleagues over a school term to have a direct impact on the Teaching and Learning in the school. She also spent two years as New Staff Induction Tutor. Sarah needed to organise specific CPD and sessions to ensure the continuing professional development of new staff. Within her role as induction tutor and a coach, she was able to evaluate lessons and then challenge staff to think of ways to improve their practice. The coaching allows staff to reflect on their teaching and think of ways to improve. This usually involves discussing new strategies that a teacher has not used before and that may be more effective.

In her most recent role as Head of More Able, she has implemented strategies to challenge and monitor the more able. Through highlighting the more able and sharing this with middle leaders, intervention has then been put in place to ensure that they can achieve their potential. Over the past two years, she has lead on increasing the number of 7-9 grades in Computer Science. She has also completed the NPQSL and middle leader’s courses. Both courses have been vital in developing her leadership skills such as using data, monitoring, CPD provision.

School business and financial management 

Gill McFadden

Gill is currently the Finance Director at All Saints Catholic College in Tameside. Gill’s expertise lies within Financial Management.  She has been instrumental in transforming the financial management and budget of a school in challenging circumstances.  She has led a root and branches review and implementation of systems and processes, has stabilised a significant budget deficit, whilst maintaining a focus on the rapid school improvement that was required.  As a result of her work, the school has been able to direct resources where it is most needed so that transformation can take place in pastoral care and teaching. Gill was pivotal in leading the school out of a financial notice to improve and supporting the removal of special measures to good.  Gill has worked for over 17 years in education and finance and the last 7 years working directly with schools in financial difficulty in a variety of different sectors.

Teaching and Learning 

Melanie Crosby

Melanie Crosby is currently Head of Science at All Saints Catholic College and part of the extended leadership team. Melanie’s particular expertise lies with developing teaching and learning within a science department. Melanie has completed the NPQSL and is a trained coach who uses skills successfully to help teachers improve the quality of teaching and learning within their lessons.

Melanie has been teaching for over 20 years and has most recently assisted a school out of special measures to a judgement of good. She has a particular interest in promoting the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and is currently working with another school in the North West, developing teaching and learning within the science department.

Jacqui Dennen

Jacqui began her teaching career in 2009, after finishing a Mathematics degree, teaching and setting up summer schools in South Africa and Ghana. Since then she has held posts as Head of KS3 and 4, Head of Maths and now Lead Teacher and Professional Mentor at All Saints in Tameside.  

She recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership, and her main role involves improving Teaching and Learning through research based methods and high quality CPD and coaching. 

In her most recent role she began working with the Mathematics department when the school was in special measures, looking at improving curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning. Recently the school received a “Good” outcome from Ofsted and GCSE 9-4 grades improved by 30% in the same year. 

She is passionate about Mathematics, teaching and learning and sustainable improvements for departments. 

Art

Natalie Whatmough

Natalie became a teacher 10 years ago and currently leading the creative Departments as Head of Creative Technologies.  Her motivation is not only for the pupils but the school as a whole as a beacon of excellence in this area, something she want’s to share with other schools.

Natalie considers herself to have comprehensive knowledge of the requirements of Art and Design curriculum at Key Stage 3,4 and 5. She has created exemplar material for each KS3 level/band and GCSE grade to help members of the department give accurate feedback on course work progress and how to improve so pupils can attain higher grades.

Natalie can offer advice in the following areas:

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Improving GCSE and A level results
  • Creating a team ethic within the department
  • Working with the technology team improve teaching SOW
  • Stream lining assessment procedures
  • Baseline tests and interim marking
  • Improving the quality of lessons via observations, feedback and support for staff
  • Improving the quality of marking and feedback
  • Training, support and sharing of good practice

Computer Science 

Genevieve Moloney

GMGenevieve is currently teaching G.C.S.E. Computer Science and A level ICT at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College.

She has been teaching for over 18 years, leading a diverse team delivering consistent outstanding results. Following government changes to the ICT curriculum, Genevieve has successfully led her team to make a smooth transition from the ICT curriculum to a new and challenging Computer Science curriculum, both at KS4 and KS5. During her time as Head of Department, Genevieve has been able to support and coach other key members of her team and has had a supporting role with borderline pupils and Sixth Form students ensuring they exceeded their full potential.

Alex Dolan

Alex has been Head of Business Studies at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College for three years. Additionally, she has experience in teaching Computer Science and Creative Media and is also second in department in the coaching team. Alex is currently running the good to outstanding programme at BTH, a unique programme put together for each teacher to help become an outstanding practitioner in the classroom. She has been teaching for 8 years, two of which were spent in London at a mainstream school. Whilst in London, Alex also taught at an alternative education establishment. 

During her time as a teacher, she has been able to support and mentor other members of staff within her current school. This includes helping with marking, behaviour management and ensuring every lesson counts for every pupil. Alex has also been able to support external schools, helping prepare for the new GCSE specification for Business Studies.  During her time in London at the alternative education establishment, Alex led GCSE ICT and her results ensured that the students were able to go in to further education. Furthermore, Alex has been an EPQ supervisor for two years and all three pupils under her supervision have achieved B and above, allowing them to go to University.

Alex has a record of outstanding results. Since taking over the Business Studies department, results have increased each year at both GCSE and A Level, achieving above the national average. She is currently in the process of completing her NPQSL, which has further enhanced her skills when supporting others. Alex’s experience in a wide range of diverse school establishments, has enabled her to ensure that progress for all students has been achieved throughout her career.

English

Antonia Butterworth

Antonia was appointed Head of English at Blessed Thomas Holford three years ago having previously worked on intervention strategies within the department to raise attainment.

The English Language results in the Summer of 2015 were 88% A*-C, 33% above the national average and English Literature results were 83% with ambitious targets being set for the current Year 11 cohort.

Over the past four years Antonia has worked closely with C/D borderline pupils as a form of intervention through the Cambridge iGCSE in English achieving exceptional results. As a consequence of these results Antonia has met and supported middle leaders in other schools in the North West advising them on the introduction and delivery of the English iGCSE.

Antonia has facilitated a number of sessions to middle leaders within Blessed Thomas Holford and to other North West schools with a focus on developing teaching and learning, raising achievement and implementing strategies to ensure effective management of a department and team. Antonia has now been appointed Assistant Headteacher leading a programme for aspiring middle leaders.

Leanne Sigsworth

Leanne is a Lead in Inspirational Teaching and Learning, a Teaching Coach and Oracy Lead at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. Leanne teaches KS3, 4 and 5 to a consistently outstanding standard and has coached both experienced Heads of Department and newly qualified members of staff to improve their quality of teaching in a self-reflective and evaluative manner; Leanne encourages staff members to create their own methods of improvement, giving staff ownership of their improvements.

Leanne leads a successful initiative to improve the provision for More Able English Literature students in achieving Grades 7-9. The programme focuses on critical thinking skills and active monitoring to track progress. Leanne used this data to inform and develop personalised intervention sessions to enhance progress. She has also assisted in the adaptation of KS3 Literature and Language teaching methods to ensure rapid and sustained progress throughout each key stage. 

Natalie Gilligan

Natalie is the head of English at All Saints, her particular areas of expertise are: rapidly improving outcomes in English language and English Literature and closing the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils.  Natalie has led the improvement of whole school literacy, with particular focus on Catch-up funding. In addition to this, Natalie has led on whole school marking and feedback with significant impact. Most recently, Natalie assisted a school out of special measures to a judgement of good.

Geography

Tracey Williams

Tracey is currently Head of the Geography department at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. Tracey’s particular expertise is managing and implementing new dynamic strategies into a challenging Geography department which was under-performing and in decline. She has used her strong leadership skills to support, coach and motivate colleagues to create and deliver high quality engaging lessons focusing on pupils’ progress to achieve their potential. Tracey oversees one of the most successful departments in the school which has achieved excellent results at both GCSE and A Level over the last few years. This has resulted in the A Level department having the highest value added in Trafford LEA and the third highest in the country. 

Tracey has been teaching for 18 years and believes in forward thinking education to support all pupils in reaching their potential. She is motivated by a supportive and enjoyable learning environment which allows children of all abilities and backgrounds thrive.

Maths 

Lee Fishwick

Lee is currently Associate Headteacher with specific responsibility Achievement and Curriculum at Blessed Thomas Holford and a specialist Maths teacher.

Since his appointment results have risen from 57% 5 or more A*-C including English and Maths to 85% with over 90% of pupils making three levels of progress and 40% making four levels of progress. The gap between disadvantaged and narrowed significantly during this time.

Lee is an SLE for Closing the Gap, Achievement, Curriculum and Maths. He has been deployed across a wide variety of schools in the North west in schools placed in Special Measures following Ofsted Inspections.

Lee has facilitated training on Progress 8, New Maths GCSE for 2017 and intervention strategies. Lee has a record of raising achievement in a variety of schools. His current role involves the change to new accountability measures and identifying areas of development from Raise Online.

Jacqui Dennen

Jacqui began her teaching career in 2009, after finishing a Mathematics degree, teaching and setting up summer schools in South Africa and Ghana. Since then she has held posts as Head of KS3 and 4, Head of Maths and now Lead Teacher and Professional Mentor at All Saints in Tameside.  

She recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership, and her main role involves improving Teaching and Learning through research based methods and high quality CPD and coaching. 

In her most recent role she began working with the Mathematics department when the school was in special measures, looking at improving curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning. Recently the school received a “Good” outcome from Ofsted and GCSE 9-4 grades improved by 30% in the same year. 

She is passionate about Mathematics, teaching and learning and sustainable improvements for departments. 

MFL

Catherine Horrocks

chCatherine is currently Head of Languages at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. She has been teaching for 30 years, and has been Head of Department for 16 years. She has been one of the school’s Professional Mentors and has been involved with both Schools Direct students and PGCE students. She has also been a long standing Subject Mentor for MFL.

Her leadership skills of the department and thoroughness have moved the department forward. She works in an excellent department who have received some very strong results. A key strength is that of building a strong team, which cooperates at a high capacity and has a shared vision for the quality of teaching and learning to which all pupils are entitled.

She is currently working with her team to develop a new KS3 and KS4 scheme of work as per the new curriculum, allowing the team members to have responsibility for the development of the programme by co-planning.

Catherine is currently working with the Head of Languages in a Partner School, and is in the third year of a collaborative partnership. This work includes standardisation of speaking and written assessments.

PE

Shane Goldrick

Shane is currently Assistant Headteacher in charge of Key stage 3 progress and leads on Pupil Premium within the school.  He is also responsible for Heads of Departments and has led on standards and behaviour of year 11 pupils at Blessed Thomas Holford.

He has been teaching for 10 years and, during that time, has led a large, successful Physical Education Faculty and has had responsibility for KS5 A-Level Physical Education and KS4 GCSE PE.

Shane has undertaken the NPQSL and has been designated an SLE in Physical Education.  He has supported several schools across the North West and has conducted Physical Education reviews for different schools.  He has also developed Pre-Public Examination papers for PIXL that have been used nationally to help pupils achieve in Physical Education.  Over the last few years Shane has facilitated on the NPQSL/NPQML courses and has also assisted in the delivery of coaching sessions across the North West.

Pshce

Daniela O’Rourke

Daniela is currently Head of PSHCE, the Edge and Personal Development at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College in Altrincham. Daniela’s particular expertise lies with devising programmes which promote the character and development of the whole pupil. She has led sessions since 2015 on Character; supporting schools in implementing strategies to ensure every pupil fulfils all opportunities the school has to offer; with this ensuring they achieve outside of the classroom and are ready for the challenges that lie ahead of them in modern Britain.

Daniela has been teaching for 14 years and, during that time, has implemented the PiXL Edge – a framework to develop and accredit students with those personal attributes essential for employability and life. This successful programme has encouraged pupils to develop skills in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication; five of the most important attributes to ensure their progress in life and their positive contribution to society. More recently she has designed and launched the Be Your Best programme at Blessed Thomas Holford; incorporating all areas of opportunity for pupils and students to ensure they are achieving their true potential both in and out of the classroom.

Daniela was designated as an SLE in 2018 and is looking forward to supporting schools in the near future.

Science

Melanie Crosby

Melanie Crosby is currently Head of Science at All Saints Catholic College and part of the extended leadership team. Melanie’s particular expertise lies with developing teaching and learning within a science department. Melanie has completed the NPQSL and is a trained coach who uses skills successfully to help teachers improve the quality of teaching and learning within their lessons.

Melanie has been teaching for over 20 years and has most recently assisted a school out of special measures to a judgement of good. She has a particular interest in promoting the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and is currently working with another school in the North West, developing teaching and learning within the science department.

SEN

Gus Diamond

Gus’ main role for most is within Pastoral and Inclusion. Gus has a proved track record of being a successful Head of Year and Head of Key Stage. Gus now has overall responsibility for Pastoral matters, which in the 2018 Ofsted report for his school, was deemed as Outstanding. That responsibility means he has an overview of behaviour and has worked on improving attendance which has increased by nearly 2% in the last two years.

Trained as SENCo, Gus worked in a school which had the second highest number of students with EHCPs in the local authority and managed a team of 20 teaching assistants.  Gus has also spent a year on secondment with a local authority supporting schools with the key changes from the 2014 Children and Families Act and writing EHCPs for the authority.

Throughout his career, Gus has developed the important skills needed to work with staff, parents and outside agencies to get the best for the community.

Gus is now entering his 22nd year as a teacher having developed skills consistently throughout. He has worked closely with other SENCos, trained staff in schools and offered support across an authority in ensuring change and development.

 

What schools say about our suppoort 

 

 

St Patrick’s Teaching School has been working in collaboration with BTH for over a year. This has proven particularly useful in our PiXL Club membership, which in turn facilitates our school-to-school support work as the lead in the School Provider Arm in Salford, replacing LA support. In addition, membership of PiXL has enabled us to review our own practices and strategies with significant impacts anticipated within our own school.

Within the past month, our Heads have met to discuss further opportunities to collaborate and we are pleased to work together as Alliance partners on the Teaching School Agenda. Our links with BTH offer us the opportunity to collaborate with a partner, like us, striving for excellence. This has increased the capacity of both schools to support the wider school system and share outstanding practice.

– Patrick Murden, Deputy Headteacher, St Patrick’s RC Teaching School

 

On behalf of the governors and staff at Newman College I write to formally thank you and your staff for all of the support, best wishes and no doubt prayers of the past 18 months.  We are very grateful you were willing to contribute so much to our improvement journey.

The quality of the insight, advice and guidance of your staff reflects the ‘outstanding’ status of your school, the impact of which is wholly apparent in the Newman College Ofsted report of May 2014 and the summer exam results. Thank you again to the governors and yourself for your partnership in placing your invaluable resources at our disposal.

– Mike McGhee, Headteacher, Blessed John Henry Newman RC College

 

BTH has been a partner school for Future Leaders since 2010. They have shown a real commitment to our mission of addressing educational disadvantage by providing coaching and facilitation at local and national training events, and releasing key staff to provide extensive support to our wider network of participants and schools. They are one of the most outward looking schools that we work with, and a hugely valuable contributor to school improvement across the region.

– Geoff Stevenson, Regional Officer for the North West

 

We have had BTH in to support both our outstanding teachers and our middle leaders (offering cross phase academic and pastoral training).  Staff have felt the courses were informative, well run with experienced and engaging staff.  They have gained much experience from these days and sessions, making some of our colleagues more self-aware leaders and more effective classroom practitioners, many of whom are now ready to pass on those skills to others.  We look forward to working with BTH next year.

– Huw Powell, Assistant Headteacher, St Thomas More RC High School

"The support provided for Havelock Academy by the Associate Headteacher from BTH has been exceptional. The support work has focussed primarily on workshops to share exceptional practice with teachers to help them to deliver consistently good and outstanding lessons. My staff have reported that this was “the best training they have ever had”. The workshops were delivered in a creative and thoughtful way which gave teachers clear ideas and strategies to implement in their classroom. It has allowed colleagues to focus on not just good and outstanding learning but also how to drive pupil progress over time. We regularly evaluate training sessions for our staff. Following the most recent whole staff training session we asked colleagues to evaluate its effectiveness, in answer to the question, has this training had impact on your classroom practice, 96% of staff ‘strongly agreed’ it had. The training, support, organisation and professionalism of the outreach from BTH has been exceptional.

– N.J. Whittle, Principal, Havelock Academy

 

"I have been fortunate to work with and receive support from Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College over the past academic year. Firstly, as part of the North West PiXL group which the Headteacher organises and leads on. Over the year we have attended numerous meetings that aim to promote excellence and improvement in our schools. This support and networking opportunity has played a significant role in strategically planning for school improvement within our school.

Further to this, the Associate Headteacher and the Head of Maths have delivered a training event on raising achievement in English and Mathematics, focusing on the iGCSE for English and the AQA dual Maths qualification. This training event proved extremely useful in planning our curriculum for both English and Maths. We have reviewed the curriculum on offer and changed our exam entry strategies as a result. Our Director of Learning for English and Maths have also visited Blessed Thomas Holford, where the Heads of Departments for both English and Maths have shared some fantastic resources and offered helpful and constructive advice about raising achievement. In April, our school was placed in the Ofsted category of ‘Serious Weaknesses’ and both the Headteacher and Associate Headteacher have been extremely supportive in contributing to our strategic plan to improve the school and take it out of this category.   The impact of this support/partnership, I believe, will be evident when the 2013 examination results are published. The partnership/support from Blessed Thomas Holford has proved invaluable and we have greatly appreciated their support and guidance."

– Juliet Morgan, Assistant Headteacher, Blessed John Henry Newman RC