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Mr James Christian




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.






Mr Neil Humphreys

Vice Principal: Achievement and Standards


 I am delighted to have the opportunity to join Colne Valley High School as the Vice Principal for Achievement and Standards. Living in the local community I can see first hand the vital role that our school plays in shaping our young people as happy, confident and well-rounded individuals and in helping them to live our RITA values

Throughout my career I have undertaken a variety of leadership roles, such as Head of Science, whole school Lead Practitioner and Assistant Headteacher for student outcomes. I was also responsible for embedding a brand new House System into one of the largest schools in the country. Regardless of my leadership responsibilities I am relentless in my drive to ensure the young people within my care have the best possible chance to become the best that they can be.

As Vice Principal for Achievement and Standards I will be responsible for supporting all of our young people in securing excellent outcomes throughout their time with us. Vital to this will be ensuring:

  • that we offer a broad, inclusive and ambitious curriculum,
  • our teachers deliver excellent lessons and use timely assessment to drive improvement
  • all staff, students and parents fully understand the importance of living and breathing our RITA values

I’m really excited to join the team at Colne Valley High School. I love teaching, I love working in schools and I believe that the knowledge and skills I will bring to my role will help all of our young people to be excellent every day.

Mrs D Watkins




Mrs Donna Watkins

Vice Principal: Teaching and Learning


I have been Vice Principal at Colne Valley High School since July 2017, having previously led on school improvement in both primary and secondary phases across Yorkshire.

Since joining the school, I have worked tirelessly with our dedicated staff to improve the quality of education for all of our students. The ongoing success of the journey and the continued determination of our teachers is something that we are extremely proud of. Through a commitment to continuous improvement and the maintenance of high standards, I am confident that our school and its students will continue to go from strength to strength.

I am committed to my role and through our RITA values I will always strive to ensure that Colne Valley High School students leave school prepared and able to make a positive contribution to their community, continuing to be exceptional, everyday. 





Mr Sam Moncaster

Vice Principal:Disadvantaged Provision


I am Vice Principal with responsibility for the timetable and examinations 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.






Mr Aaron Kay

Vice Principal: Behaviour and Attendance


As Vice Principal, my main focus is to ensure that the behaviour within school allows everyone to achieve. For achievement to be exceptional, behaviour and attendance also have to meet these high standards. Further to this, to ensure that all students at Colne Valley High School get the best possible experience during their time here, there has to be a climate which allows them to learn and feel safe.

I have spent a considerable amount of my teaching career with a pastoral focus, specialising in behaviour and I have a track record of driving standards in relation to this.  I am excited to be part of the school’s journey of continuous improvement and proud that our students have responded so well since I began working here. We have seen significant reductions (over 50%) in exclusions and removals from classrooms whilst seeing improvements in attendance to above national averages.  

My approach will always be consistent, firm, and most importantly, fair, as I believe that this, along with positive relationships based on respect and integrity, is the cornerstone of any behaviour system. This, in turn, allows a purposeful focus on Personal Development, preparing our students for later life.


Mrs Emma Rollins
Vice Principal: Curriculum and Values