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Senior Leadership Team

 

 

 

James Christian

Principal

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: September 2014

It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal of Colne Valley High School. It is a privilege to have been appointed and entrusted with the job of leading such a fantastic school with a unique history of being the first purpose-built comprehensive school in the North in 1956.

Many of you will already know me: I have worked at the school for over three years and have been employed by The Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form Multi-Academy Trust for over 14 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Colne Valley High School and I hold huge belief in all of our students. I am determined that our school continues to improve rapidly and maintains its position at the heart of our community.

The success of the school is reliant on strong relationships with parents and carers. My passion is that all students and members of staff have the greatest opportunity to 'Be the Best That They Can Be'. This relies on all parties feeling as confident and happy as possible so that attendance and engagement are high. My intention is to develop a culture whereby Colne Valley High school is the preferred school of choice for students, staff and parents/carers. I believe this is created by appreciating and acknowledging all individuals and making people feel valued.

 

 

 

Liz Singleton

Deputy Headteacher

Vice Principal: MAT Standards and Achievement

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: May 2017

As Deputy Headteacher I have specific responsibility for standards and achievement in the school and across our Multi Academy Trust. I have taught for over 30 years in a range of secondary schools, and Post 16 Vocational Education, as a teacher, senior leader and interim Principal.  Over the years I have worked across West Yorkshire, supporting primary and secondary schools in developing academic and vocational curriculum models to suit the needs of students; quality assurance systems; and the raising of standards for all pupils: 14-19 year olds in particular. On a number of occasions I have had the opportunity to work nationally to develop learning in science, and the curriculum for pupils with special educational needs.  I have delivered local and national staff training and the produced published resources and literature.  This work extended internationally when I was asked to work with Slovenia to develop their curriculum - an amazing experience.

I bring a range of experiences for the benefit of our students and staff. This includes 10 years working as an OFSTED inspector - and can offer skills that will help us to plan well, achieve our very best, and demonstrate to our local community just how good our school is. My priorities will include ensuring we provide every pupil with the right mix, range and breadth of skills, knowledge and experiences to enable each and every one to achieve well, grow in confidence and personal pride, and to be ready for adulthood, working life and contributing positively to their family and community.

 

 

 

 

Lynne Bradbury

Vice Principal: Curriculum

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: April 2013

I am a Vice Principal at Colne Valley High School with responsibility for whole school curriculum. 

Prior to my appointment, I worked at Grange Technology College, Bradford for 11years. During my time there, I worked my way up from a Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator to the Area Director for Maths and Assistant Headteacher. I have also worked as a volunteer mathematics teacher (through VSO) in Namibia, Southern Africa combining my love of teaching with travelling. My family originate from Shepley and the Saddleworth area and I moved to this area two years ago so my son to grow up here too.

I am passionate about teaching and ensuring the students at Colne Valley High School achieve their potential in all aspects of their learning despite the barriers they may face.

 

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Donna Watkins

Vice Principal: Teaching and Learning

 

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: July 2017

As Vice Principal with responsibility for developing Teaching and Learning at Colne Valley High School, my role is to ensure that all students receive a balanced and high-quality learning experience in the classroom. Drawing on sixteen years of experience as teacher, faculty leader and a Specialist Leader in Education, I have worked to improve schools in a variety of settings in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire. I am dedicated to ensuring the very best outcomes for all students at Colne Valley High School.

I am also responsible for whole-school Continual Professional Development, and am passionate about developing the skills of teachers and the ethos of the school more widely.

I look forward to driving staff and students towards further, sustained, success.

 

 

 

 

Sam Moncaster

Vice Principal: Teaching and Learning

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: July 2017

I am Vice Principal with responsibility for Teaching and Learning at Colne Valley High School. I began my career within the Harris Federation, a successful chain of academies in London, where my drive for ensuring all students can achieve their potential was embedded. I moved up to Manchester to be closer to family in 2014 where I worked at a school in Rochdale for three years before being appointed at Colne Valley High School. I now will be bringing that drive for high standards and ensuring all students can reach their potential to Colne Valley High School.

 

Kyle Audsley

Vice Principal: Personal development, welfare and safeguarding

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: September 2017

As Vice Principal of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare I have specific responsibility for behaviour, attendance and safeguarding across our Multi Academy Trust. I have taught for 8 years in Kirklees and supported in a wide range of schools in an academy trust. I know Kirklees well, having worked in two local high schools, focused on driving behaviour and attendance.

I am dedicated to ensuring students achieve their outcomes at Colne Valley High School and look forward to a very exciting future for the school. My role is reliant on building strong working relationships with students, parents and key stakeholders. My philosophy is 'Results through Relationships' and I am keen to bring this vision to Colne Valley High School.

I really enjoy supporting extracurricular activities as a supporter or a coach and you will see me at a large number of events supporting the students. I am a keen sportsman myself and also work with the Huddersfield Giants Academy.

 

 

 

 

Katy Skivington

Associate Senior Leader 

Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: September 2008

I first applied for the Head of Music position at CVHS because I had heard such positive things about the area and community, particularly with regards to the Performing Arts.  I was not disappointed. Coming from London, the valley community and ethos was a breath of fresh air in every sense!  Forming lasting relationships with families in the area is still something that I very much enjoy about my role.  I was appointed at Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts in 2010, and the larger department gave me the opportunity to coach, mentor and train other teachers so as to establish outstanding teaching as commonplace in the department.  Ensuring our teachers are delivering the best quality lessons for all our students has remained a passion ever since, and my appointment as Teaching and Learning Associate Senior Leader in the Senior Leadership Team in January 2015 has allowed me to do just this. I oversee the provision for the More Able and Ambitious, Teacher-led elements of CPD and Marking and Feedback.

 

 

 

Jonathan Walden

Associate Senior Leader

Acting Curriculum Leader for Humanities 

Curriculum Leader for History

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: September 2003

I am an Associate Senior Leader and Curriculum Leader at Colne Valley High School with responsibility for Humanities, Home Learning, Quality Assurance and Student Voice.

Both CVHS and the community it serves are close to my heart.  I have strong family connections with the valley, with several relatives having attended the school.  Prior to my teaching career I also worked within the Colne Valley in a heritage management role.  As a result, I am passionate about supporting young people within the community to develop and succeed in life. It is a pleasure to teach pupils at CVHS and to have the opportunity to educate the next generation.  I believe that each year of a pupil education is vital, as they only walk this way once.

In September 2003, I joined CVHS as a teacher of History with a desire to develop pupils knowledge, understanding and skills.  My role within CVHS changed in 2006 when I became the Curriculum Leader for History, responsible for leading and developing a team of passionate historians and teachers.  In 2014, I became the Acting Curriculum Leader for Humanities and in January 2015 I joined the Senior Leadership Team, which has involved responsibility for developing Teaching and Learning in the school.

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