Meet The Senior Leadership Team
I am John Watson, Headteacher at Oulder Hill. I came to Oulder Hill from Hollingworth Academy in 2006 initially as a Deputy then Senior Deputy and took over the reins as Headteacher in 2011. The school had been judged as Ofsted Grade 3 when I took over and we moved to Grade 2 (Good) in October 2012. The school has made significant strides forward since then. My passion and my vision for Oulder Hill is to be an international centre of learning where every child does their “best always, everywhere” and is “Responsible, Respectful and Safe”. Every day I strive for every child to achieve and be recognised for that because as a father of three school-age children myself that is what I want for them.
My name is Ben Bramwell and I am Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for inclusion and pastoral. Prior to being appointed in Jan 2015, I worked as an Assistant Headteacher in a large, multicultural school in Bolton where I helped narrow the gaps in performance between different groups of students. Although born and brought up in Rochdale, I have studied in Glasgow and Leeds and my teaching career has seen me teach History and Citizenship (and some English and PE) in Stoke-on-Trent, Longdendale and Bolton. I am delighted to finally have returned to my roots in Rochdale. I believe passionately that getting a good education is the foundation stone to a happy and successful adult life. My current role focuses on ensuring that all students can get access to that good education here at Oulder Hill. This means ensuring that students become responsible, respectful and safe learners so that they take advantage of the fantastic opportunities on offer for them at Oulder Hill. When students make mistakes, our job at Oulder Hill is to help them learn from them. When students find the going tough, our job is to help them through the difficult times and when students are excelling, our job is to help them support their friends and peers to realise their potential.
My name is Louise Rees and I am Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Learning and Progress. I joined Oulder Hill in September 2016. Previously, I worked as a teacher in schools in Cheshire and Stockport, an Adviser for Stockport and an Assistant Headteacher in Oldham. Throughout my teaching career I have taught History, Citizenship and Psychology and I am very pleased to be teaching History at Oulder Hill – a subject that I love! My role is to ensure that Learning and Teaching is of a consistently high standard and meets the needs of all students, allowing them to make good progress and providing the opportunities for all students to achieve their potential. I have a student focussed approach to all that I do with the firm belief that all students and their individual needs must be at the heart of all that we do as a school.
My name is Melanie Ottley-O’Connor and I am an Assistant Headteacher. My main responsibility is for the school’s curriculum. This role has two main aspects to it. Firstly, I am responsible for ensuring that all students have access to the best and most appropriate subjects and courses to prepare them for further and higher education as well as the world of work beyond. Secondly, once the subjects and courses have been decided for each year group and student, I then create the whole school timetable. This process is quite complicated and is like doing a huge jigsaw, the picture for which, alters as you are doing it! I find this part very rewarding as I strive for the best solution because this can affect the whole school community for an entire year! In addition to my senior leadership team role, I am a teacher of Maths. I have always loved maths and relish the opportunities to transfer my own enthusiasm to the students I teach.
I am Lucy Farrell and I joined Oulder Hill as an Assistant Headteacher in September 2013. My main responsibilities are supporting and managing staff involved with all key Students in Years 8-10. This involves monitoring and supporting their academic achievements, behaviour, well being and social and emotional skills. I also lead on the whole school careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). In addition, I am also an Expressive Arts and Physical Education teacher. I have a real passion for teaching and enjoy being in the studio and sports hall being creative and active. I believe developing self esteem and confidence is a vital part of every child’s life.
My name is Danny Armitage and as a former student I have long been associated with Oulder Hill, and the community that the school serves. It gives me a great sense of pride to now work here and to be a part of a strong and committed staff that strive to have a similar impact on our young people as my teachers did on me. My role within school encompasses a number of non-teaching areas, including Behaviour Management Strategies, Support Staff Performance Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Marketing, Events, Health and Safety and our Extended School provision whilst also line managing the school’s support services. In addition I have responsibility for overseeing our excellent Year 7 team and the transition of students from primary school. I particularly enjoy playing an active role as a mentor and coach to the students who require additional support to achieve their ambitions. We have a wonderful staff team here and it is a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside them and our students every day to ensure the success of both the individuals and our school as a whole.
My name is Lyn Sanderson and I became Assistant Headteacher in May 2016 after working in various roles at Oulder Hill for the past 12 years. I feel that the team here are great – staff and students alike. I have worked very closely with Year 11 over recent years and I have really enjoyed working with all of the students and I am proud of the great outcomes achieved for them. My role is to lead assessment and progress across the school. I track students’ progress from when they arrive, to when they leave us to take their next steps. I believe that every student can make great progress if they try hard and get the right support. The greatest part of my job is seeing students achieve highly. My role within this is to ensure that teachers have the right data to do this and that the assessments and reports that children receive whilst with us help with this too. I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest developments in education and applying those, as appropriate, to our school setting. I am a Science teacher and I specialise in Biology and Physics. I love to see that ‘lightbulb moment’ and enjoy teaching students about the world around them!
My name is Lindsay Duley and I am Assistant Head responsible for Teaching and Learning within Oulder Hill. Within this role I work with teaching staff across the school to help develop their teaching and deliver training to help support all teaching staffs continued professional development. As I get to work across all faculties I get to work with a large array of people and subjects from teaching staff who are at the beginning of their careers to those that have been in the profession for a number of years. Prior to this role I had been the Teaching and Learning Director of the Science Faculty here at Oulder Hill, since June 2009. In this time I have worked with the Science faculty to improve the Science curriculum which in turn has resulted in improved exam results within the subject. I love teaching Science and sharing with pupils how the world and they work through their learning in lessons. It is a privilege to work at Oulder Hill as we are fortunate to have both an amazing team of staff and amazing pupils.