Leadership Team

The Academy’s Leadership Team is responsible for the leadership and management of the school. Their work is overseen by the Governing Body. Each member of the team has specific responsibilities and also line manages a group of academic subject departments or other staff teams.

You may also wish to check the “Who can I speak to about my child?” and “How do I contact the SENCO?” section of our contacts page, where you will also find our address, phone number and email.

Mr S Brice

Mr Brice began his career in Hertfordshire, where he qualified as a Drama and Music specialist.  After leading his first school to successful Specialist Arts College status, he took up a Senior Deputy Headteacher post in Burnley. Mr Brice joined the academy as Principal in April 2014.  He is a member of the Co-operative Academies Trust Board and a governor at local primary schools in North Manchester. His vision for the academy is to provide outstanding experiences and outcomes for all students, to be a rewarding and inspiring place to work,  and for the academy to add real value to the local community.

Mrs M McMorrow
Senior Vice Principal

Mrs McMorrow is proud of the changes she has seen at the academy since it opened in 2010 as a teacher of RE and English. She leads the strategic direction of teaching and learning and the continuous professional development of staff. This includes ensuring there are high standards across the academy in our key areas of ‘CLIFE’ –  Challenge, Literacy, Independence, Feedback and Engagement. Mrs McMorrow also supervises the important work of our Special Educational Needs team.

Ms R Hepworth
Vice Principal

Ms Hepworth joined the academy in 2016 and is responsible for the welfare of our students. She is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and oversees our pastoral teams to ensure our students are safe and happy at school. She also teaches Maths.

Mr J Knowles
Vice Principal

With a Maths background, Mr Knowles oversees our curriculum offer and ensures our assessment processes help our students to achieve the highest grades they can. He joined the academy in 2016.

Mr S Cooper
Finance Director

Since the opening of our academy, Mr Cooper has ensured that the academy’s finances are sound and that our funding is well spent to help our students succeed. He supervises the work of the facilities and catering teams so that the building operates successfully and that our students enjoy healthy and affordable meals.

Mrs G Marshall
Assistant Vice Principal

With a responsibility for Key Stage 4, Mrs Marshall ensures that, during this important time in their lives, students are well-prepared for their final exams and for the pathways open to them after completing their exams. Mrs Marshall has worked at the academy since it opened as a teacher of English.

Mrs J Baldwin
Assistant Vice Principal

Teacher of art Mrs Baldwin is responsible for Key Stage 3. She is passionate about ensuring that students feel welcome as they make the transition from primary school to the academy, and ensuring that students make the right choices about their Key Stage 4 options.

Mr R Haseler
Assistant Vice Principal

With a background in Biology (specialising in microbiology and genetics), Mr Haseler leads the faculty as our Director of Learning Zone for Science and Technology. He takes a leading role in our CLIFE group, which looks at improving the key elements of teaching and learning (Challenge, Literacy, Independence, Feedback and Engagement).


Mr M Heaney
Assistant Vice Principal

Our Gifted, Able and Talented students are those with the potential to reach the highest grades, and Mr Heaney ensures that they are being challenged in their lessons with suitable work and that they are considering futures at our most prestigious universities and careers in the professions. He is a Computing At School Master Teacher and teaches ICT and Computer Science. He also leads on Online Safety and educational visits and trips.


Ms M Peavoy

Associate Assistant Vice Principal

Ms Peavoy has a special responsibility for narrowing the gaps in progress between various groups of students, so that no students are left behind. Ms Peavoy also supports Newly Qualified Teachers and trainee teachers, and is a teacher of English.

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