Wardle Academy

Leadership

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Brendan Hesketh - Headteacher

Brendan Hesketh - Headteacher

As Headteacher, I want us to provide every pupil with an education that is better than any other school anywhere else.  School should be a place where young people are safe and happy, where they are nurtured and developed.  Throughout school, pupils should make outstanding academic progress, they should learn how to develop character, resilience and understanding, they should learn the skills they need to help them to succeed in the workplace and they should make a contribution. I want our young people to be a success in school and beyond. There should be no glass ceilings on what anyone can achieve at Wardle Academy.

Dean Watson - Deputy Headteacher

Dean Watson - Deputy Headteacher

I have been in education for nearly ten years, and have been privileged to work at some fantastic schools over the years, and I would certainly class Wardle Academy in this bracket. Starting off as PE teacher, before progressing to Head of Year, and then Assistant Headteacher, I have gained a wide variety of experience in areas such as improving student outcomes, support for vulnerable students and behaviour and attendance. In my previous school, I was a Specialist Leader in Education, working with other schools from across the country to improve their provision for students, and this experience is something I am excited about bringing to the Academy.

I firmly believe that every single student, regardless of background or ability should aspire to be the very best they can be, and receive the very best education possible, so that they can go onto achieve their ambitions in life. In my role at Wardle as Raising Standards Leader, I have a drive and ambition to work with our excellent team of staff to make sure that our students gain not only the best education in Rochdale, but the best education in the country.

Since starting at Wardle in June 2019, I have been blown away by the dedication and commitment of both our staff and students, as well as the polite, courteous and hardworking nature of each individual who attends the Academy and look forward to working with them further to make Wardle an even better place to come to school.

Emma Adrio - Acting Assistant Headteacher

Emma Adrio - Acting Assistant Headteacher

This is my 14th year working at Wardle Academy and I would not change one part of it.  During that time I have undertaken a variety of roles on both a curriculum and pastoral level.  At the moment I am acting Assistant Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 4 and the disadvantaged provision.

My key teaching philosophy is that every child can achieve no matter what their start point or personal circumstances and I make it my aim in school to help support them to achieve their goals.  Working is Key Stage 4 has a number of day to day challenges but it is also extremely rewarding, from the point students begin working on their GCSE subjects through the trails, tribulations and stresses of examination preparation onto the various opportunities to celebrate successes with the leavers prom, results day and welcoming students back for the certificate presentation night - I enjoy every minute!

I love hearing from parents/carers and believe that parental engagement is key to ensuring our pupil’s achieve.  Should you have any worries or queries about your child, please feel free to get in touch with any members of our fantastic form tutors, class teachers, support staff, pastoral year leads or myself.  I am confident that with all stakeholders working together with a common aim of pupil achievement we can continue to maintain and improve our fantastic examination performances in the next few years and beyond.

Tony Shaw - Assistant Headteacher

Tony Shaw - Assistant Headteacher

I started teaching in 1994 as an enthusiastic Design Technology teacher and instantly found my home in the classroom. Helping students to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence has kept me in the profession, but it’s the students who have kept me here at Wardle. In my current post of Assistant Headteacher, I oversee the whole curriculum, design our ‘option’ process for Key Stage 4, and ultimately write the school timetable. Subject choices are crucial to success, and here at the Academy we strive to make most accessible offer we can. This not only helps to maximise student success but also creates developed individuals ready for the world post 16.

Janine Hope - Assistant Headteacher

Janine Hope - Assistant Headteacher

Since joining the school in 2001, as a History teacher, Wardle has changed a lot, and with each new year I can’t wait to work with each new cohort of students and support them on their journey towards improving the opportunities they have in their future.

Clare Kemp - Assistant Headteacher

Clare Kemp - Assistant Headteacher

This is my 10th year at Wardle Academy and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single year. I have had a range of responsibilities during this time which has included a pastoral role as head of year through to my current role as Assistant Headteacher in charge of data and assessment. Although data and assessment may not always be seen as the most exciting role in the school, I really enjoy it! I like it because it supports us as a school to think carefully about what we do, how we do it, and why we do it that way. I like it because it helps raise questions about how our teaching strategies positively affect people’s outcomes.

I feel very privileged to work as part of a team helping the fabulous young people at our academy achieve the outcomes they deserve.

Meghann Kirkham - Assistant Headteacher

Meghann Kirkham - Assistant Headteacher

This year will be my tenth year in the English Department at Wardle Academy. In previous years, I was a student at Wardle High School and have loved coming back here to teach.  I have enjoyed working in a variety of roles within the English department, particularly my current role leading the team. I am passionate about my subject and ensuring that our curriculum in English is the best it can possibly be. Most importantly, I love to see our students enjoying and succeeding in English.

Tracey Giles - Assistant Headteacher

Tracey Giles - Assistant Headteacher

As a student of Wardle High School it was always my ambition to become a teacher. With the continued support of the staff at the time, I achieved my goal and was fortunate to return to Wardle High as a qualified maths teacher. That was a number of years ago now and I am still here! I have had a variety of roles throughout my time here and I am currently the Head of Maths and an Assistant Headteacher. The best reward for the job I do is receiving thanks and feedback from former students, who often tell me that I have helped them to grow in confidence and self-belief and enabled them to achieve their own ambitions.

Fiona Southall - SENCO

Fiona Southall - SENCO

Ms Southall is responsible for managing Special Educational Needs in the Academy. This includes supporting the identification of students with special educational needs and coordinating provision for these students, ensuring that school staff are aware of students’ needs and have regular training in SEN. Ms Southall works with parents of students with SEN as well as Educational Psychologists, Healthy Young Minds and other external agencies. Ms Southall is also responsible for ensuring that students with SEN receive the appropriate access arrangements in examinations.

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