Meet the Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team have the overall responsibility for the strategy of the school and target setting.

Gill Shirt

Gill Shirt

Headteacher

It is my privilege to lead our Ambitious, Respectful, Caring and honest students and staff at Todmorden High School. As a values driven person I truly believe that it is my responsibility to ensure Todmorden High School unlocks each individual’s unique potential.

We know our children well, it is important to our governors , staff and myself that all children develop to make the right moral choices in life, that they develop confidence in their own opinions and abilities. We all aim to help every child succeed whilst they are at, and once they have left school.

I was born and brought up locally and have a love of the area and the people, being Headteacher of Todmorden High School is an honour. I will continue to aim high for all our students and for the local community.

Emily Rawlinson

Emily Rawlinson

Deputy Headteacher for Standards, Attitude to Learning and Personal Development

I am Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Standards, Attitude to Learning and Personal Development. This involves ensuring our ARCH values are embedded into all aspects of school business.

I love working at Todmorden High School watching children from the community grow into young adults ready to tackle the next stage of their education.

I teach geography, and have done for the past 15 years; it a subject that changes on an almost daily basis and is tremendously relevant to understanding the world we live in.

Alice Coates

Alice Coates

Deputy Headteacher for Quality of Education

I am Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Standards, Curriculum and Data. My key role is to ensure the very highest of standards of Learning and Teaching for all students.

Working at Todmorden High School is amazing, the students, staff and community are fantastic.

I teach Maths and passionately believe it is the most wonderful subject.

Alison Mansfield

Alison Mansfield

Assistant Headteacher

I am Assistant Headteacher for Learning and Teaching. This involves working with all staff to ensure that the quality of teaching in the classroom is the best it can be and to ensure that students learn the things they are taught. I love the fact that I am able to see lots of different teachers and I can ethically pilfer their ideas for my own lessons. I also love being present when students get the ‘light bulb moments’ and the learning really clicks.

I have taught a number of subjects in my career including English, A-level law Drama and Dance. At Todmorden I am privileged to be teaching History of Art, Dance and Drama.

Claire Connolly

Claire Connolly

Assistant Headteacher /KS4 ARCH

I lead the KS4 pastoral team ensuring all Year 10 and Year 11 pupils behave and demonstrate positive attitudes towards their education and future choices, showing high levels of ambition, respect, care and honesty throughout our wonderful community.

I love having been given numerous opportunities to lead on key areas of school life, showing ambition and drive to make a difference. Unlocking the talent in pupils, professionals and being fortunate to work in a career and a school that changes lives. The pupils being the heart of our school, and the professionals I work alongside like a second family. There is a reason I have been at Todmorden High School for 18 years.

Andrew Nalborczyk

Andrew Nalborczyk

Assistant Headteacher

I am Assistant Headteacher and in this role I will be working hard to ensure that all students at Todmorden High School can fully participate in all aspects of their school life, regardless of the challenges that many students may face both inside and outside of school. I am also the school’s educational visits coordinator, helping colleagues plan and run safe and enriching trips.

I have been a Science Teacher for over 12 years and a Head of Science for five years. I love teaching Science, especially Physics and Chemistry. I will use this previous experience to help enable all students achieve their unique potential.

I am passionate about making a positive difference to the community in which I live with my family.

Gemma Cooper

Gemma Cooper

Associate Assistant Headteacher/SENCO

I am Associate Assistant Headteacher in charge of Key stage 3 Attitude to Learning and I am also SENCO.

I have worked at Todmorden High School for fifteen years and know our school, students and the local community well. I took on the role of SENCO in 2013 as I passionately believe all students should have the opportunity to unlock their unique potential. I wanted to use my own personal experience and understanding of SEND to help improve the provision offered for some of our most vulnerable students in school.

I have high expectations for myself and for our students and work hard to ensure all are supported and challenged to achieve ambitious goals for the future.

Melissa Wells

Melissa Wells

DSL & Associate Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (SMSC)

My role is to lead on Personal Development across the school. That includes all the other things alongside lessons, like developing each student‘s understanding of our ARCH values, and helping them to enhance their learning opportunities so that they are able to unlock their unique potential. I’m interested in developing the whole person, so that means encouraging people to get involved in extra-curricular activities, and making sure they are ready to move to the next phase of their education, with the very best skills and qualities so they can do their very best.

What I love most about THS is the family and community feel.

Catherine Vose

Catherine Vose

Associate Assistant Headteacher/Head of History

I am one of the Associate Assistant Headteachers working with the quality of education team. My job is to ensure that all new staff receive the best induction to Todmorden High School and to ensure that they are ready to help all of our pupils unlock their unique potential. I also oversee the provision of homework and revision. In addition to this, I am a History SLE which means I work with other schools to improve the provision of the History curriculum and am currently running a project aimed at raising the quality of History education across the country.

As the Head of History at Todmorden High School I am working with my department to provide a diverse, reflective and responsive curriculum that is challenging for all pupils at Todmorden High School. We want all of our pupils to leave the History department fluent in the art of argument so that they can apply their skills to any walk of life.

I have been teaching for 10 years now and am in my second year at Todmorden High School. I think the school is a wonderful place. The care staff and students show for each other is unlike anything I have experienced in my career before.

Nina Kewin

Nina Kewin

Associate Assistant Headteacher/Head of English

As Associate Assistant Head teacher, my role is to oversee the provision for high-attaining students. This involves working closely with students, other members of staff and teachers to ensure that the learning and teaching experience for everyone is ambitious and the best it can be.

As Head of English, I love to see students begin to understand what it means to make sense of the world around them; reading in particular gives students the opportunity to imagine, to explore and interrogate the ways in which we make meaning. Students gain confidence and resilience from being able to recognise their own characteristics in books, poetry and plays – the literature we study reflects our diverse community and I love to see students developing voices of their own.

I have been teaching for over twelve years now and I love what I do. Todmorden High School is a wonderful and welcoming community that I am proud to be a part of.

Debra Todd

Debra Todd

School Business Leader

I am a graduate of the University of Huddersfield and dual qualified in both Accountancy and Human Resources. I have worked across all phases of education since the millennium, in a variety of roles as a senior leader encompassing compliance, finance, governance, and legal services. Whilst in the Sixth Form sector, I published Governance training materials that continue to be widely used throughout the UK.

My senior leadership responsibility centres on whole school finance and resources along with advising on the strategic aspects of estate, capital project appraisals, tendering of contracts and effective risk management. Planning for succession and bid securement remain crucial elements within the role.

I chair the Wellbeing Committee at Todmorden High and champion the continuing professional development of all colleagues, at all levels. We are an active learning environment.

Todmorden High School embody what it means to belong to a ‘second family of staff’, values and wellbeing are real here. It truly is a great place to be.

Esther Womack

Esther Womack

Executive PA
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