Senior Leadership Team

Mr D Duncan

Chief Executive, Tame River Educational Trust.
A National Leader in Education (NLE).

Mr Duncan began his teaching career in 1986 in Norwich, as an English and History teacher. In 1989-1992 he was the Deputy Leader of an English and Expressive Arts Faculty in a very challenging and exciting context in Hull. Between 1992 and 2002 he worked as Head of English, Senior Teacher (Pastoral & Discipline), Deputy Headteacher (T&L, Curriculum & Timetable) and then Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral Care and Discipline) at an urban school in Greater Manchester.

Since 2008, Mr Duncan has been a Leadership Coach to aspiring Headteachers (in the North West, as part of the Future Leaders’ Programme in the Ambition School Leadership Trust), many of whom are now in substantive posts as Headteachers and Principals. Mr Duncan has also forged a partnership with some of the strongest schools in the United Kingdom to support the launch of a new national teacher and leadership training organisation, as part of the North West Campus.

Between 2002 and 2015, Mr Duncan was the Headteacher at Mossley Hollins High School in Tameside, Greater Manchester which was the top similar school in England for Pupil Progress and Achievement in 2014. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted on two successive occasions. It is now a lead Teaching School, supporting other schools and the training of teachers and leaders within and beyond school, leading an Alliance of school partners.

Mr Duncan is now the Chief Executive of our new Trust: the Tame River Educational Trust, leading with the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors in each school. In that time one school has remained outstanding and the other has moved quickly from the Ofsted Category of Serious Weaknesses to Good in each educational category, and overall. This has been due to the dedication of students, staff, parents, governors and partners. Both schools work together on implementing best practice.

As an NLE, Mr Duncan has provided support and coaching on leadership and school improvement in a number of North West Schools.

Headteacher – Mrs A Din

Mrs Din began her teaching career in 2003 in Leeds, as an ICT teacher. In 2005, she was appointed as KS3 ICT Co-ordinator at Droylsden School for Girls, where she quickly established herself, improving the ICT curriculum and provision with a significant positive impact on the ICT results. She was part of the ICT teachers network across Tameside. She then took on the role of Head of Department ICT in 2005 and then successfully secured a Temporary Assistant Headteacher, (Alternative Curriculum) role in 2008. Mrs Din worked alongside other curriculum leaders across Tameside as part of the Curriculum Network Group and the Diploma Board, where she led on aspects of Diploma development. In the same year she also successfully underwent an assessment to become a school based Advanced Skills Teacher for ICT, supporting staff across the school in their use of ICT for teaching and learning.

Mrs Din first joined Mossley Hollins in 2010, where she was Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for whole school ICT and alternative curriculum and senior leader of Technology.   She has led on different aspects of school leadership since this time, including Raising Achievement, Curriuculum Development, Timetabling and Pupil Development.  She was appointed as Headteacher in September 2021. 

Mrs Din is also chair of the Mossley and Carrbrook Primary Partnership.

1st Deputy Headteacher – Ms J Riddy

Whole School Leadership, Curriculum Intent, implementation and Impact. Staff and student timetables. Staff Development, Life Skills

Ms Riddy began her teaching career in 1998 in Burnley, as an English and Drama teacher. From 2001 she was the Head of Drama in this very challenging and exciting context in Burnley, establishing Drama as a new GCSE subject within the school. In 2002, she also became the Deputy Head of the English faculty, leading the drive to improve results. Ms Riddy joined Mossley Hollins in January 2005, as the new Head of the English Faculty. She was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2009, with responsibility for data analysis, raising achievement, literacy and the English Faculty. In 2014 she became Deputy Headteacher.

Ms Riddy now has responsibility for the Curriculum, its intent, implementation and impact, the Timetable and Staff development.

Deputy Headteacher – Mr S Wilson

Acting First Deputy Headteacher, Standards in Pupil Development, Behaviour and Attendance/PE

Mr. Wilson completed A-Levels in Biology, Geography and Physical Education before achieving a BSc(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at Carnegie. Following this he completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Edge Hill University. Since then he has had a successful career teaching physical education and leading the Arts and Sport faculty at Mossley Hollins High School. Mr. Wilson completed the nationally accredited Future Leaders programme in 2010/11 and he has held a number of different senior leadership roles at Mossley Hollins High School. He is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and currently leads Standards in learning support and pupil development.

Senior Assistant Headteacher – Mrs E Upton

Acting Deputy Headteacher, Teaching & Learning/Head of Bronte College

Ms Upton completed her Ba Honours Degree in English in 2007 and her PGCE in Secondary Education in English at Keele University in 2008.

Ms Upton began her teaching career in 2008 as an NQT in a secondary school in Stockport in a very challenging and exciting context. Within her first few years at this school, she qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher before being promoted to the Head of English in 2012. In her 7 years as the Head of English, Ms Upton transformed the outcomes for pupils in English by sustaining results which were significantly above the National Average. As a result, she was nominated by her Headteacher, and won, the ‘Stars of Respect: Teacher of the Year’ award in Stockport. Ms Upton was asked to join the Senior Leadership team in 2017 where she was given the sole responsibility for Teaching and Learning: leading to her achieving her NPQSL qualification in 2019. Ms Upton was an integral part of many Ofsted inspections at both middle leadership and senior leadership level – in her 11 years there, the school flourished from being in ‘Notice to Improve’ to being categorised as a ‘Good’ school with Outstanding features.

Ms Upton joined the Senior Team at Mossley Hollins High School in September 2019 as an Assistant Headteacher. She is the Senior Leader for English and Literacy and is responsible for Teaching and Learning and is the Director of the Teaching School.

Assistant Headteacher – Mrs L Hammond

Standards in mathematics, numeracy, Raising Achievement Intervention and Catch –Up, PP Outcomes and the Able Provision & Outcomes

Senior Leadership of Turing College T&L, Curriculum, Pupil Development

Mrs Hammond completed her BSc Honours Degree in Mathematics at the University of Liverpool before going on to study for her PGCE in Secondary Education in Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

Mrs Hammond began her teaching career as an NQT at North Manchester High School for Girls in 2003, before being promoted to KS3 Coordinator for Mathematics and then Head of Department. She was asked to join the Senior Leadership team when the school became Manchester Creative and Media Academy.

Mrs Hammond joined the Senior Team at Mossley Hollins High School in January 2014 as an Assistant Headteacher. She is the Senior Leader for Mathematics, The Able and is responsible for quality assuring teaching and learning at the school through the Faculty Development Cycle.

Assistant Headteacher Mr G Wells

Standards in Humanities, and MFL, Pupil Development(2), Life skills (CEIAG, PSHE and RSE), Citizenship, Transition (yr11-12) Senior Leadership of Nightingale College T&L, Curriculum, Pupil Development

Mr Wells began teaching in 2010 through the Teach First programme. Mr Wells began teaching in London, and before joining Mossley Hollins High School worked as Assistant Principal at Harris Academy, Battersea.

At Mossley Hollins High School, Mr Wells has responsibility for Humanities and Modern Foreign Langauges. Mr Wells also works on Raising Achievement and Assessment across the school.

Assistant Headteacher. – Mrs E Milburn

Standards in Science, Technology & Art, Computing, Character/Student Leadership Senior Leadership of Faraday College, T&L, Curriculum, Pupil Development

Mrs Milburn completed her BSc Honours Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Newcastle. She then completed a PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Manchester.

Mrs Milburn began her teaching career at Saddleworth School in Oldham. She joined Mossley Hollins High School as Deputy Head of Faculty (Science) in 2008 before becoming Head of Faculty in 2012. During this time, the school was rated as outstanding by OFSTED on two successive occasions.

Mrs Milburn joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2017 and is now the Senior Leader for Science and Technology as well as co-leading teaching and learning

Senior Leader  – Mr S Beardmore

Standards in Arts & Sports and transition Y6-7, Enrichment, clubs, Co-curricular and electives, Whole School Events in Arts & Sports Senior Leadership of Redgrave College, T & L, Curriculum, Pupil Development

Mr Beardmore began his teaching career in 1986 having graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. His first post was as a brass instrumental teacher in North Manchester. This involved teaching in both primary and secondary schools as well as directing groups within North Manchester music centre. During this time he worked as part of a team taking bands on tours to places such as North America and Canada.

Between 1988 and 1990 he was the second in the music department at Oakwood High School in Chorlton, South Manchester teaching music throughout the school.

From 1990-1992 he worked at Burnage High School in Manchester as Head of Music with responsibility for the subject throughout the school.

In 1992 Mr Beardmore was appointed as Head of Music at Mossley Hollins High School. In addition to his role as Head of Music he has worked as a Head of Year. Having fulfilled this role he became a member of the Senior Leadership group taking on various responsibilities. These responsibilities included attendance and behaviour ( as leader of lower / upper school ).

As the Head of Music Mr Beardmore has had whole school responsibility for the subject for 26 years during which time music has developed and continues to develop. Pupils receive weekly instrumental lessons for brass, woodwind, drumming, guitar and singing from visiting teachers. He directs the school band, woodwind group, accompanies the pop choir and coordinates drumming group performances.

Mr Beardmore is now the Senior leader for the Arts and Sports faculty and also Head of Partnerships, working with the primary schools of Mossley and Carrbrook helping to secure strong educational and extra-curricular provision for pupils aged 3-16. Linked to this he leads the transition programme each year as pupils make the change from primary school to Mossley Hollins High School.

Senior Leader – People & Partnerships – Mrs E Duggan

HR Talent Strategy,  Support Staff at SLT level,  School Partnerships,  recruitment,  Appraisal,  Quality Assurance,  Educational Visits’, Operational HR, Lead first aid, School Website.

Senior Leader Finance (Director of Finance and Business) – Mr W Lyon

Mr Lyon started his working life in the Accounts Directorate of the Ministry of Defence as a clerical officer before being promoted to Executive officer. He followed his parents into Education working at Knowsley Council as a finance officer progressing to Principal Finance officer in Bury Council then Education Finance Manager.
Visiting schools Mr Lyon was always impressed by the pride in their schools shown by Headteachers and Governors, and decided to apply for a job at a high school in Liverpool. To date, he has worked in five schools including two academies. He currently shares his time as the Business Manager at Mossley Hollins High School and Droylsden Academy, working to strengthen and formalise the very productive partnerships that have achieved so far.

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